The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location 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 yoga 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.
At Kinesthetic Exercise Sciences, a team of personal trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals in a range of high-intensity classes and personal-training sessions. In one-on-one training sessions, personal trainer Kewesi Simon and nutritionist Frank Rolek work side-by-side to create custom workout and dietary regimens for their trainees. Other classes include women’s self-defense, muay thai kickboxing, and boot camp.
With an impressive array of equipment, Boxing for Health transforms punch-shy patrons of almost any age into elite fighters—whether they intend to actually fight or not. There's a full-sized regulation boxing ring where students can heave hooks and jabs at the hand pads of trainers Miguel or Shane. There are 14 heavy bags, each surrounded by plenty of floorspace so trainees can maneuver as they recreate scenes from Rocky or choreograph exciting new scenes for Steel Magnolias. For a more immersive education, the trainers host boxing boot camps, in which students soak up techniques for success in the sweet science, such as defensive tactics, combinations, and footwork—all the while roasting scores of calories.
Sahbumnim Jeremy Keller, a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, believes learning is a life-long process available to anyone who will reach out for it. Working with students as young as three, and as old as an imagination, Intensity Martial Arts owner Jeremy and his team teach three styles of martial arts: the Korean combat art Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. During each session, they teach respect and build listening skills and focus. The team’s professional oversight keeps students safe during sparing sessions and practice. The dojo’s padded floors protect against falls, and specialized gloves soften any blows.
Though he won two consecutive Golden Glove titles and had an undefeated amateur record, Kris "Lightning" Lopez didn't get his first professional fight until he was 30, much later than many boxers. He had always dreamed of becoming a fighter, but lacked the structured environment and role model to keep him on that path as a young man. Today, he gives aspiring fighters the guidance and training that he missed out on at his 10,000-square-foot gym, Lightning's Boxing Club. The staff show the same level of commitment to casual members just looking to get in shape during group and individual lessons. Students improve their physical conditioning and strength using both the sweet science and the gym's selection of free weights, heavy bags, and other exercise equipment.
Founded by master trainer Sergio Silva, Team Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu arms students with the grapples and fitness techniques needed to get in shape or tackle competitors. Adult programs delve into the takedowns and strikes of mixed martial arts, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing, and women's classes range from yoga to fighting-themed fitness. Tykes can begin learning self-defense and discipline with muay thai lessons, gaining the swift, precise movements to fend off playground bullies or rebuff roving packs of feral kindergartners. A safe and encouraging environment, the Alameda studio lines its walls with cushions and trained coaches who oversee classes and open-mat sessions where students practice their martial-arts techniques or pickup lines.
Maybe it's a good thing the founders of Brazilian jiujitsu were not huge men. At just 135 pounds, co-founder Helio Gracie was forced to rely on leverage rather than rote strength or merciless tickling to help him overcome larger opponents. So in an effort to reduce the natural advantage of size, he worked these techniques into Brazilian jiujitsu's system of joint locks, chokes, and take-downs. In that way, Brazilian jiujitsu became a practical form of self-defense; you didn't have to be able to kick down a tree to become dangerous.
At Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu, black belt martial artist Dave Clahan and his team have armed students of every size with these same leverage-based self-defense techniques. Inside their 4,000 square foot studio, students of all ages and levels soak up grappling and submission skills they can refine for the ring or reserve for life-saving moments on the street. In addition to building physical ability, the instructors also emphasize building intangible qualities, such as confidence and self-respect.