Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
The attacker lunges in and throws a punch. Before that punch lands, it's blocked with a forearm and a series of counter strikes are already disabling the assailant. At Downtown Lakeland Martial Arts, a team of highly trained instructors teaches this close-combat self-defense system. It's called wing chun kung fu. On day one, students begin to learn these fighting techniques, building toward a defensive strategy that works in real-world scenarios. Instructors incorporate a variety of combat styles, from krav maga to judo to ninjitsu and more. They even train students the quick-striking tactics necessary to overcome an attacker wielding a knife or gun. Whatever the situation, students are instilled with the skills, discipline, and focus needed to safely protect themselves as well as those around them.
360 Universal Fitness helps students from a wide range of fitness levels build muscle, burn fat, and have fun with fitness classes and training. Pupils of all ages blend Latin dance and aerobics during Zumba sessions and push themselves past their personal goals during boot-camp classes. 360 Universal Fitness also offers strength and conditioning courses specifically designed for seniors to help older adults stay fit.
The instructors of Habitat Health and Fitness lead nonmilitary-style boot camps in a group environment. Clients need not be pro athletes or cyborgs to successfully run through 45-minute, time-saving, intensified interval workouts. After a thorough warm-up, routines dive into an ever-evolving set of resistance strength training and cardio routines done without the use of bulky gym equipment. Instructors modify each exercise to simplify them for beginners or raise the difficulty level for advanced students. While they lead sessions, the instructors eschew harsh yelling but do tell the occasional joke to keep things vaguely reminiscent of a Nash Bridges episode.
The expert coaches at Chain of Lakes CrossFit cook up classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels based on CrossFit’s tenets of varied, functional fitness. Each WOD (Workout of the Day) varies from session to session, often fusing elements of track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman exercises. No matter the inspiration, each workout is short and intense, with students often climbing ropes to the ceiling, performing lifts, or doing dips on suspended gymnastics rings. The regimen is designed to teach functional movements found in everyday life, improving students’ ability to push, pull, squat, jump, throw, sprint, or carry 100 pounds of groceries.
At Muscle Central, certified personal trainers help clients sweat their way back into shape. Through the use of boot camps and customized meal and fitness programs, trainers can help clients meet their fitness goals, whether they want to lose a few pounds or gain strength and muscle mass. Muscle Central also provides 24-hour access to the gym without the need to sign a contract, allowing exercisers to design the perfect workout plan to fit their schedule.