Endless rows of machines, friendly staff, and two locations give the no-frills sweat shop a comforting neighborhood feel. Expect to find eligible, state-of-the-art machines, intensive and expert fitness coaching, and a bevy of classes such as yoga, power sculpt, abs and flexibility, and cardio hip-hop.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Mad Tiger Academy prides itself on fostering a community where all participants—men, women, and children—feel welcome. Teaching Gracie jujitsu and muay thai, the instructors arm students of all skill levels with techniques to stave off altercations while boosting self-confidence. In addition to teaching martial arts, the team also leads fitness boot camps, yoga, and Zumba classes.
Oahu Taekwondo Center's martial-arts classes teach students the basics of self-defense while instilling in them a sense of pride and discipline. Even young children are welcome to don a crisp white uniform and partake in non-combative workouts that transform the feet and hands into a powerful defense system. The center's instructors also teach women’s kickboxing classes in which ladies of all skill levels kick and punch heavy bags, paddles, and saucepans.
It's no secret that the UFC boasts some of the best athletes in the world. So it was only natural for the brand to expand into UFC Gym, a network of training centers that includes more than 100 locations across the country. Of course, the class schedule is rooted in mixed martial arts and strength training. Functional fitness is also a huge aspect, with Daily Ultimate Training workouts (DUTs) that keep the body challenged with changing combinations of cardio, anaerobic, and agility exercises.?
With that said, UFC Gyms are not just for those interested in MMA. Its encyclopedic selection of classes includes Barre Interval to U Jam Fitness, Zumba, and Yoga Cycle, with plenty of classes for kids, as well. Personal-training sessions take place with certified UFC Gym coaches, who can both design workouts and give advice about nutrition, supplements, and which library books are heavy enough to build muscle while you read.