At Tiger's Den Crossfit, it isn't enough to focus solely on strength, flexibility, or endurance. Doing so is tantamount to regressing, because it ignores the other seven primary areas of fitness?among them accuracy, agility, and speed. The Tiger's Den coaches point to the bengal tiger as an animal that has all 10 in spades, and encourage their students to work for improvement in every category. A Workout of the Day may include swinging kettlebells, dead-lifting barbells, performing laps on the rowing machine, or jumping rope?all at a very high intensity. Since every exercise is scalable, people of all ages and fitness levels participate in every workout, contributing to an atmosphere of support and inclusiveness.
Students at Grapevine Martial Arts and H-E-B Martial Arts learn integrity, self defense, confidence, and self-discipline through classes taught masters Jean, Scott, and Christy Good, who each wield more than 25 years of marital arts experience. Within the safe haven of a familial environment, pupils as young as age 4 engage in classes rooted in Youn Wha Ryu Tae Kwon Do, which incorporate elements of Hapkido, Karate Kung Fu and Judo. The studio's mirror classrooms house two-inch padded floors while an on-sit pro shop outfits students with the proper combative tools.
At Metroflex Gym Midcities, you can grunt through your last bicep curl and slam that dumbbell to the floor in triumph—and no one will chastise you for the resounding thud. The husband-and-wife team behind the MidCities franchise opened the gym after they became tired of the rules, lack of loud music, and outright napping that they found at most corporate gyms. Today, they run the kind of gym they feel comfortable in, where high-energy music motivates workouts and members sweat it out in non-climate-controlled rooms. Exercisers can get toned with traditional fitness machines and free weights, or join in on cross-training and boxing classes that build muscle and general athleticism throughout the whole body.
Oliver Karate Academy is a traditional martial arts school for children and adults. Teaching students to defend themselves, along with the basic tenets of respect, discipline, and self-confidence, the experienced instructors here offer lessons in traditional karate in small group sessions. In addition to defense techniques, students gain strength and burn calories.
Instructors John Mariotti, a sixth-degree tae kwon do black belt, and Ellie McKenzie, a CrossFit-certified trainer, lead CrossFit Odyssey and Odyssey Martial Arts to raise their clients to new levels of personal and physical excellence. In martial-arts classes, Mariotti, combines the best elements of TaeKwon-Do, Brazilian jujitsu, and other martial arts to create a self-defense system that breeds fitness and the character of a true warrior. Mariotti's system teaches adults and children to embody fairness, integrity, confidence, and strength.
Conditioning is a top priority of the system, but it's not the only way clients can open their sweat valves. Mariotti and McKenzie, both CrossFit Games competitors, keep a strong focus on fitness with CrossFit classes. There, they utilize kettlebells, ropes, and a slew of weight-training equipment to tone up and slim down clients using CrossFit's specially designed, daily-changing functional-movement exercises.
At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.