Smash Gyms' list of instructors reads like a classified roster for some kind of elite instructor squad. The kickboxing instructor, Sam "The Ram" Spengler beats people insensate as a professional MMA fighter when he's not teaching junior-high students. Michael Jen, a third-degree black belt, engineered his own method of teaching Brazilian jujitsu after practicing the graceful art for 20 years.
What they share is a love of teaching. Jen draws on his wealth of experience studying under renowned teachers such as Roy Harris and Joe Moreira to impart his wisdom and high kicks to students. "The Ram" leads upbeat, fun kickboxing classes to help pupils reach their fitness goals, such as losing weight or being able to roundhouse kick the tempting ice cream offered to them.
After an eye injury took boxing and martial-arts champion Eddie Croft out of the ring, he set himself a new goal: becoming the first person to train a boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts champion. Having already trained a world kickboxing champion and five San Francisco Golden Gloves winners, he is well on his way.
Croft plies his trade at B Street Boxing, where his team of instructors teaches professionals and amateurs the arts of boxing, muay thai, kickboxing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and tae kwon do. In the red, white, and blue ring of B Street Boxing?s gym, students jab and spar, practice their skills on punching bags, or check their form in a mirrored wall. Conditioning and boot-camp sessions also keep students from all backgrounds fit while imparting dedication, discipline, and the desire to wear boxing gloves even in the shower.
ClubSport embodies the ideal of a health club rather than a box gym. Of course, you'll find all the group fitness classes, personal trainers, and equipment you'd expect from a gym, but what sets ClubSport apart is the focus on creating a space where friends and families can relax and play together. Kids and adults can enroll in swimming classes and aquatic fitness, folks can meet up for peer-powered workshops such as the Member Detox Week, and guests can relax at the spa during a pumpkin oil massage.
Helmed by a staff of black belts, MMA fighters, wrestlers, and physical-education experts, Smash Gyms helps its clients perfect their fitness routine at two San Jose?area locations. Guests can learn self-defense techniques and combat moves as they sculpt their bodies during jujitsu or kickboxing classes, or take a more conventional approach with kettlebell and boot-camp sessions. Smash Gyms' fitness gurus also offer training classes for children in disciplines such as wrestling and Brazilian jujitsu.
The fighters of Checkmat, an international jiu-jitsu team founded by multiple-competition champions Vieira brothers, lead the charge in instructing students at
LUTE! Training Academy. They introduce the basic strikes and submission techniques of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in a motivational, team-based environment designed to build mental discipline and fortitude. Meanwhile, former two-time Olympian and MMA professional Daniel Cormier teaches wrestling classes.
Founded by competitive bodybuilder Jim Wilson in 1992, Physique Magnifique quickly outgrew its humble beginnings as a personal-training outfit stationed in a one-car garage. The gym’s talented trainers and instructors now spur bodies into action inside a fully equipped 6,000-square-foot space during one-on-one training sessions and group classes. Suited for all ages and ability levels, Physique Magnifique’s classes range from children’s judo to Olympic-style weightlifting coached by Jim Schmitz, thrice the coach for the U.S. Olympic team and one-time personal trainer to the Brawny Man.