African slaves in Brazil invented capoeira in the 1600’s to fight back against their oppressors. To keep the defensive art a secret, they masked their lessons as dance with clapping and singing. Over time, the forbidden martial art grew in popularity and became Brazil’s national sport. The Maculele Miami Brazilian Arts Institute promotes the practice of capoeira and healthy living through workshops and cultural performances. Mestre Fran began practicing capoeira at the age of 10, in São Paulo, Brazil. During his career, he has founded capoeira academies around the world, taught the sport to impoverished children, and performed capoeira to spread awareness of the fighting art. Husband and wife team, Professor Cavalo and Instructora Venus both began training in capoeira at age 16 and teach classes at the Institute. During classes they help students learn how to perform spinning kicks and flips that can help relieve stress, improve health, and give people a new way to take down dust bunnies.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
Martin Joo and David Clarke have been fighters for a long time, and also have years of experience in mixed martial arts and fitness training. They decided to take their skills outside the cage by training other fighters to have the skill, fitness, and courage to follow in their footsteps. So they founded Omni Combat Fitness, where classes focus on a broad range of fighting styles as well as fitness techniques. Trainers might combine boxing and jiujitsu in a single class, or move from a plyometric workout to sparring in the ring to teaching the proper technique for launching tomatoes in a food fight.
Through a program designed by professional MMA fighter Kendrick Miree, Fitness Through MMA offers 30-minute full-body workouts based on Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA striking techniques. Gym-goers rotate through a series of nine stations, quickly completing routines with various gym equipment, from jump ropes to heavy bags to medicine balls. The circuits maximize muscular endurance, switching from station to station every three minutes, and clients are sure to achieve their goals thanks to trainers that are on hand through each and every workout.
Aventura Mixed Martial Arts goes about business as though its staff and students are one big family. The facility was built around a culture of fitness, performance, and endurance, and the idea that martial-arts training binds people together—like a family. That concept carries through to each of AMMA’s programs, including one program designed for kids as young as 3 years old. Aside from its training curriculum, the facility also offers group classes that are equal parts fun and challenging.
Bisao CrossFit’s coaches bring an intense, constantly changing workout program, which was originally formulated for police forces and martial artists, to the masses, tweaking its combination of cardio and strength training for individual fitness levels. They adhere to a fitness philosophy that emphasizes broad, inclusive exercises and sheds the constraints of athletic specialties, such as focusing on one muscle group or only punching bags that punch you first. The trainers motivate patrons to heave medicine balls and speed through burpees or leap over hurdles and haul loaded sacks during dynamic workouts, which they post online each day. Beyond its day-to-day assistance during CrossFit classes, the staff offers seminars, trainer certification, and consultation services for athletic teams.