Owner and certified fitness trainer, Scott York, leads constantly changing, high-energy boot-camp classes that were featured in Austin Fit Magazine. After stretching and a dynamic movement warm-up, bodies are kept guessing with activities that vary with each class. Participants (no more than 20/class) swing kettlebells, lift free weights, toss medicine balls, and dangle from gymnast rings in a 45- to 60-minute workout session that can burn roughly 500+ calories or the exact amount of nervous energy needed to fail a driver’s test. The early-morning sessions strengthen muscles and minds with positive energy throughout the day, with Scott encouraging exercisers to always work out within their comfort zone. FullForceFitness recommends that clients bring water, tennis shoes, health and consent forms, and a large beach-type towel for floor exercises.
Powerful weight lifters and personal trainers. USA weightlifting sports performance coaches. Black-belt jiu jitsu instructors. Quick boxing coaches. The crew at Pinnacle Training Center reflects the center's diverse offerings, which helped land them on Austin Fit's readers poll several years running. There are boot-camp classes, which incorporate a wide array of exercises, from squats to push ups and box jumps. The jiu jitsu classes do teach self defense, but they also include a serious workout, and kids will pick up valuable lessons about discipline and confidence in a handful of kid-friendly sessions. The busy sounds of fists against heavy bags, clacking weights, and happily exhausted sighs reverberate off the gym's high ceilings as patrons of all walks of life work towards fitness in sessions like those.
The coaches at Austin Self Defense help their clients achieve their fitness goals by devising fitness strategies and monitoring their progress. As coaches, they help clients implement lifestyle changes and shift eating habits to ensure that they reach their goals faster. Private training sessions are also available to those who want to expand their fitness knowledge and accelerate their progress. Crossfit classes compliment self-defense training with a focus on strength and conditioning, and Krav Maga classes, where students work on building muscle memory through repetition, round out the full range of skills-based sessions offered at Austin Self Defense.
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 30 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.
At River Place Country Club, a championship golf course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, invites golfers to launch balls over sand bunkers and twisting creeks that wend their way through the landscape’s hilly contours. The course’s superintendent draws on experience at Baton Rouge Country Club and Colonial Country Club, as well as a degree in Plant and Soil Systems, as he ensures that the greens and rolling Bermuda grass fairways are more carefully manicured than a prize-winning pet wooly mammoth. The course’s PGA professional instructors are on hand to improve individual games, and a driving range lets players practice at 15 hitting stations.
Adjacent to the course, eight lighted tennis courts abut a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, and locker rooms whose dry saunas and whirlpools melt tension quicker than butter melts on the calves of a sprinter. The Grille invites clubgoers to sup on steak or seafood, and a pair of outdoor decks let guests drink in scenic views.
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