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.
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.
Black and red hues permeate Elite Training Center's sprawling fitness emporium, which is outfitted with heavy bags and a full-size boxing ring that help guests torch calories and quicken jabs. A seasoned slew of instructors and ex-MMA trainers teaches the lethargy-banishing classes, scheduled six days a week. Fitness classes such as Pedal and Pump?a spinning and weightlifting combination?and Zumba?a cardio-heavy dance-fitness workout set to Latin-inspired tunes?sculpt bodies while increasing your endurance. Specialized programs, such as boxing and mixed martial arts, equip adults and kids with the skills necessary to take down opponents. They hone their abilities on rows of heavy bags that dangle from chains and wait for tough-love uppercuts and intermittent tender hugs, swaying silently until their true love's punch sets them free from a wicked boxing promoter's curse.
Equipment: TRX, Rogue Cage, Kettlebells, Cardio and Weight Machines, Free Weights
Students should bring: Water, towel and good attitude.
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Danville Fit is your neighborhood gym. Best personal trainers and friendliest staff in town.
Inside Country Wood Fitness, Mike Quinata has created a space for calibrated exercises that help nurse injuries back to health. A student of kinesiology himself, he enlisted the help of bone specialists to create a circuit-training program that promotes rehabilitation and full-body strength. During the hour-long sessions, students engage in a variety of strength-training and aerobic exercises designed to focus on alternating muscle groups. Mike also creates custom training programs for his clients as well as high-intensity boot camps that prepare students to fight sentient treadmills.