Going toe-to-toe in a ring with a veteran boxer sounds like a nightmare, but when it happens at TITLE Boxing Club, the veteran is a benevolent personal trainer. In sparring with their clients, trainers help chip away at personal weaknesses as part of custom fitness regimens.
Budding boxers can also train in a group setting, spending their class time pummeling heavy bags to perfect their jabs, crosses, and hooks. Group kickboxing classes, alternatively, combine punching-bag exercises with training on roundhouse kicks, front kicks, and back kicks guaranteed to enhance skittish horse impressions.
The instructors at TITLE Boxing Club Arlington have found a way to motivate their students through workouts: by fostering a supportive sense of community amongst them. They encourage each other—and themselves—through body-strengthening boxing workouts and kickboxing, which torches calories while toning the arms, abs, and springs that pop out from the heels. They can enlist in one-on-one personal-training sessions for an even more intense workout and nutritional tips.
More than 40 years ago, the four Machado brothers—Roger, Rigan, Carlos, and John—founded RCJ Machado Jiu-Jitsu to pass on the Brazilian martial-arts knowledge they acquired from the late jiu-jitsu master Carlos Gracie. Although the Machado brothers' legacy now spans TV and movie appearances, plus work with celebrities ranging from Chuck Norris to Usher, their school still takes new martial artists of all ages through the fundamentals and beyond. Some locations also include classes in kickboxing, MMA, and capoeira—a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance.
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.
Beauty and Beyond’s menu is more akin to a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel than a traditional list of spa services. While hair stylists, nail techs, and aestheticians make sure externals look fabulous, massage therapists soothe the stuff below the surface inside private treatment rooms. Health-minded instructors, meanwhile, lead a diverse range of classes— including yoga, Pilates, and pole dancing—in sequestered areas dedicated to fitness.