Led by Ryan Hardy, a certified krav maga instructor for 14 years, instructors guide clients through workouts where they slam 6-foot bags with fists and legs for 45 minutes. Alternatively, Combat Cardio classes incorporate more cardio and drills alongside fight techniques.
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.
There aren’t many fighters who can say that they have their own day. Then again, there aren’t many fighters like Richard Lord. Known as the godfather of Austin boxing, he ran the boxing circuit as a professional boxer and fought a number of rounds in the old Austin Coliseum. A powerhouse presence for more than 30 years, Richard Lord has trained world-champion combatants, including Jesús "El Matador" Chávez and Anissa "The Assassin" Zamarron, and organized the first all-female boxing match sanctioned by U.S. Amateur Boxing, Inc. Looking at all of his achievements, it’s no surprise that the Austin boxing community marks its calendar for March 31, Richard Lord Day.
Inside his gym, he trains reigning prizefighters right next to first-timers in his old-school yet welcoming boxing gym. A team of amicable boxing trainers helps aspiring pugilists to pare off pounds quickly, float like butterflies, and sting like adult-contemporary singers during sweat-soaked sessions that cover form, rhythm, and timing.
The Miura bulls were among the most prized of all Spanish fighting bulls, valued for their speed, strength, and intelligence. When Master Miura was looking to name his martial arts dojo, he was drawn the animal that shared his name, the most famous of whom was Perdigon. A student of the martial arts since age 14, Master Miura uses the fighting arts as a vehicle for imparting discipline, dedication, and self-confidence to his students. He helps them build a strong foundation in muay thai before moving on to grappling arts or jiu-jitsu. He also offers women’s kickboxing sessions and CrossFit-style conditioning classes, where students exercise their whole body and without being charged extra for long legs.
A member of the World Seido Karate Organization and the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, Sun Dragon concentrates on bodily and spiritual empowerment. Donning a spiffy new uniform (a $60 value) and an optional pine-tree air-freshener necklace, Groupon customers can work up a sweat during a month of unlimited classes (up to a $105 value). Sessions take place on weekday nights and Saturday afternoons and accommodate all ability levels.
When South Austin Gym expanded its facility, it also bulked up its class schedule to accommodate exercisers of all ages. It motivates kids to build a lifetime of healthy habits in the Enlightened Warriors program—open to boys and girls in 5th through 9th grade—which instills participants with enhanced self-esteem, leadership skills, and teamwork, all while increasing their physical fitness.
Of course, the gym has plenty for adults who want to get in shape or stay fit. Boxing, cardio-core, and muay thai classes help them work up a sweat in a group setting, and solo workouts take place on the gym floor, which houses stairmasters, treadmills, elliptical trainers, recumbent bikes, free weights, and strength-training machines. The space also boasts a kickboxing gym, where fighters can hone their technique outside of classes or one-on-one training. Here, they’ll also find a 70-foot bag tree strung with heavy bags, speed bags, and maize bags, among others, which are much more sanitary to punch than slabs of beef.