XTC Gym combines classic martial-arts training with a touch of something more lyrical. Instructors teach kickboxing, jujitsu, tae kwon do, and muay thai boxing, but also the Brazilian dance/fighting hybrid capoeira and aerial fitness. Accordingly, punching bags and swinging hoops alike hang from the ceiling of the brightly lit, 6,500-square-foot space, requiring that front-desk staff keep watch for monkeys trying to sneak in. An impressive weight room complements regimens of cardio kickboxing or boot-camp classes.
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.
Having spent 30 years rehearsing his martial-arts techniques and another 7 competing in professional MMA matches, Joey Alvarado amassed enough know-how to craft his own training style, Combat Kettle-Jitsu. This system blends grappling techniques with kettlebell-weight lifts to condition prospective fighters. Though his methods have now spread to more than 20 countries and his resumé lists black belts, medals, and championships, Alvarado doesn't covet celebrity status. Instead, he and his staff strive to imbue others with the strength to achieve their own personal victories.
During group classes, the team strives to reshape guests with both martial-arts maneuvers and conditioning drills. In addition to men’s spar-centric MMA sessions, they lead women's kickboxing, kettlebell boot camps, and CrossFit sessions. Teachers also helm MMA lessons for children and teens, keeping the youngsters engaged by infusing the session with games rather than wearing Justin Bieber masks. They offer private training for clients who want custom tips on their holds and hooks.
Leigh Ann grew up as an actor who was also an athlete: when she was offstage, the SoCal native dove off springboards, jumped hurdles, and fought on the kickboxing mat. Her knack for blending art with athleticism led her to found BeSpun at the age of 25. Leigh Ann competes and receives top honors at national and regional pole-dance competitions, and she has produced and starred in a series of instructional DVDs.
At BeSpun, Leigh Ann and her fellow instructors—also pole-dance champions—teach an extensive array of classes that include single-session and multiweek workshops. Classes’ subject matter ranges from beginners' lessons to master workshops led by special guests. There’s also open-studio time, as well as classes that focus on specialties such as spinning, stretching, and whittling your own pole from a chrome tree trunk. Instructors focus on leading thorough sessions that use time efficiently, and they’re committed to blending fitness with dance training. A lighthearted FAQ page answers potential questions while giving a taste of the studio’s fun-loving atmosphere.
Fitness is Art isn?t a typical fitness studio. Once a cozy family home, the space welcomes guests to heave exercise balls next to a fireplace and an antique grandfather clock. Within the rich-wooded confines, a husband-and-wife team leads students of all abilities through group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Bright blue walls surround students as sun pours in the main room?s many windows for uplifting Zumba and dance classes. Classes and training also move outside, where they?ve set up a MoveStrong fitness center for outdoor boot-camp, circuit-training, and personal-training sessions. Helping students get fit from truly head-to-toe, they also offer facial fitness classes that help alleviate wrinkles as smiles bench-press heavier reps.