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.
Under the direction of certified master personal trainer, holistic medical practitioner, fitness guru, and former Mrs. Hawaii Pamela Lara, the staff at HULAerobics Fitness views exercise as an another opportunity to celebrate the island's vibrant Polynesian culture. As a professional hula and Tahitian dancer and instructor, Pamela calls upon more than 30 years of hip-swaying experience as she leads her HULAerobics classes, which are suitable for exercisers of all shapes and fitness levels. The fun, lively workout borrows elements from Polynesian dances to help condition bodies, target specific muscles, and improve agility, strength, and energy. In addition to fitness classes, HULAerobics also offers dance programs that promote disciplined training, creative exploration, and self-discovery.
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.
Elma Ann Thiem loves feeling fit and healthy, but—like many people—finds conventional exercise a little dull. Instead of pounding her soles on some treadmill, she twists her heels in upbeat Zumba classes, which she leads twice a week. Her classes have an easy learning curve: students simply watch what she's doing and copy it. That's why she invites students of all fitness levels, from the tragically uncoordinated to hula-hoop world champions.