Like a beacon of fitness, Envision Memphis sits atop the historic Cadre Building in downtown Memphis. There, personal trainers await to whip clients into shape with boot camps, yoga classes, and one-on-one sessions. Visitors working out alone keep equally busy. Cardio and weight machines tone muscle alongside body balls, and ample floor space allows for plentiful pushups or spontaneous break dancing. In addition, a full-size boxing ring with padded safety equipment hosts full-contact kickboxing practice.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening Shaolin kung-fu class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Krav Maga differentiates itself from other martial arts by emphasizing the importance of self-defense techniques based on real-world threats and situations. When faced with a threat, individuals need to be able to remove themselves from the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is where Mid-South Krav Maga's relatively simple, yet highly effective means of neutralizing an aggressor become valuable self-defense tools that can be learned and applied by men and women of virtually any age and fitness level.
Head instructor Patrick Terry believed in the potential of the system so strongly that he spent weeks studying Krav Maga in Israel, the country where it was invented and refined. He brought this training back to the United States, intent on empowering students by teaching them to protect themselves from various acts of aggression, including everything from punches and kicks to headlocks and unsolicited knock-knock jokes. Although the self-defense classes do have the added benefit of bolstering attendees' strength, stamina, and flexibility over time, Mid-South Krav Maga also offers fitness-focused workouts that can use heavy-bag work, interval training, and cardio work to get visitors in-shape.
Midtown Taekwondo's chief instructors Steven and Tara Miller, both of whom are sixth-degree black belts, lead a team of martial-arts experts. Relying on their skills and a spacious facility, staff train students as young as 4 years old in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Junior, all-ages, and adult-level classes help students develop fitness and self-defense skills as well as self-esteem and discipline. The studio also keeps school-age students supervised?and helps them with their homework?through an after-school pick-up program. But whatever the class, all students are held to an oath that encourages respect for authority and has them promise to build a better world.
The certified dance and fitness instructors at Euphoria Fitness Studios believe in the physical and emotional benefits of movement. Zumba and cardio kickboxing burns fat and tightens muscles, sassy n’ stiletto classes activate mid riffs through boogey routines designed to boost self-confidence. Euphoria's Kidz Zone offers a range of children's classes, such as Hip-Hop and Bounce, a high-energy class centered around hip hop choreography and movement, and Tumbling Tots, which aims to build motor skills of kids as young as 3.
As cardio kickboxing became a fitness phenomenon, the underlying self-defense aspects of the workout began to fade into the background. Memphis Fitness Kickboxing?s team of professional fighters seeks to rekindle the fundamentals that form the foundation of this martial art. With backgrounds that include college wrestling, MMA competition, and full contact staring contests, the team members bring a fighting background to each physical fitness class.
The studio consists of multiple heavy bags suspended from the ceiling, which allows students to train side-by-side on their own bag. The high-energy workouts are suited to any fitness level as instructors encourage guests to train at their own pace.