Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor Marcio Laselva has a wealth of championships and nine years of teaching experience under his second-degree black belt. He helps his students hone their bodies and minds into sleek, sinewy machines with the help of a qualified and experienced team of instructors, which includes ISKA World Champion kickboxer Marcio Navarro. Far from being just a dojo for training hard-hitting fighters, the 20,000-square-foot, family-friendly gym helps athletes achieve all sorts of objectives, whether decreasing stress levels with calming yoga classes or learning to beat up the ocean with karate courses.
An intense yet addictive fighter fitness regimen lets laymen and women tone and build their bodies like MMA warriors, while capoeira classes seamlessly combine music, dance, and martial arts. Students learn a wide range of disciplines within the gym's welcoming walls, including the art of the fist and foot in tae kwon do lessons and master’s degrees in the sweet science with classes from 47-year boxing vet Johnny "Coach" Papin.
Husband-and-wife duo David and Crystal Wells threw their mutual passion for fitness into the creation of Ring Side Fitness Center. They outfitted the gym with high white ceilings, a soft red floor and a boxing ring, corralling passionate students and leading them through boxing classes. In addition to teaching foundational footwork and techniques, David maintains professional status in MMA, and Crystal ranks as a professional figure competitor in the National Gym Association and National Physique Committee. They apply their professional experience toward building full-body workout plans, but stay in touch with the fitness limitations and aspirations of everyday people. As working parents, they make efficiency paramount—drop-in classes span 75 minutes and work the whole body, including the dorsal fin.
Fox Fitness owners Jake and Kimberly founded their business in 2011 as a professional martial arts facility, as well as a destination for specialized personal training. Six days per week, they welcome students to the 2,400-square-foot space to participate in various classes, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sessions accommodating kids through adults. Fox Fitness also provides sport-specific conditioning programs, which vary by season and focus entirely on functional exercises—which does not mean they have students practice their ACT with a barbell instead of a pencil.
Though it was only founded five years ago, Title Boxing Club has already set up franchises in 26 states and helped numerous members shed unwanted pounds. Its exclusive focus on boxing and kickboxing helps participants avoid being overwhelmed with the array of disparate workouts often found in many gyms, such as running on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or being chased around the weight room by tickling trainers.
The experienced instructors at Premier Martial Arts of Wichita believe lives can be changed and empowered through martial arts. Offering training for children and adults in everything from krav maga to kickboxing and Tiny Champs classes—specially designed for kids 3–4 years old—this martial-arts studio teaches all its members discipline, respect, and confidence while helping participants to burn fat and build muscle.
At Genesis Emporia, the emphasis is on well-rounded fitness. Not only does the gym's staff arm its members with a slew of cardio and weight-training equipment, but the facility is dotted with conveniences such as basketball and tennis courts, childcare, tanning and steam rooms, and a yoga studio. Along with personal trainers, the staff includes fitness coaches who teach classes ranging from Zumba and Pilates to kickboxing and strength training. The gym also hosts kids' summer camps, which stress the importance of exercise with activities such as swimming or arts and crafts, so children can paint just like the famous weightlifters of the Italian Renaissance.