When John Richardson was teaching 4-year-olds how to kick a soccer ball during a preschool class, it may not have been immediately obvious that this was a career opportunity. However, the recommendations from parents after that initial class snowballed across the Minneapolis area and Richardson soon found himself coaching more sessions and introducing kids to more types of sports. Today, Revolutionary Sports has grown into a team of 50 coaches who lead classes and camps for an array of ages and ability levels. Among its many duties, the staff teaches youngsters how to shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, spike a volleyball, and weave football flags into umbrellas.
Though Allan Charney had been a consummate athlete all his life, he never found a sport that could match the workout intensity and adrenaline rush of boxing. "It has always been a dream to blend boxing and kickboxing with fitness," Allan explained to reporters from Sun Sailor. Allan realized his longtime dream when he founded GYMJAB, a private fitness studio where instructors lead high-intensity cross-training workouts designed to help burn high caloric amounts and build muscle strength. These workouts are infused with rounds of boxing and muay thai kickboxing. His diverse staff of trainers includes former professional boxers, tae kwon do black belts, amateur MMA fighters, and certified fitness instructors.
The 6,500-square-foot studio abounds with cardio machines, functional conditioning equipment, heavy punching bags and several large-screen televisions. These televisions can broadcast each guest's heart rate, calories, effort percentage, and total number of 13-point Scrabble words spoken aloud during workouts. These figures are tracked through the gym's innovative heart-rate system, which records activity using specialized heart-rate monitors worn by participants. After workouts, students can view their workout summaries and track progress online and receive performance summaries by email, enabling them to adjust workout strategies and fitness goals accordingly.