Champions of helping clients attain their fitness goals, Dojo 3’s team of seasoned instructors cater to all manner of workout styles and sensibilities with a variety of sweat-inducing classes. They elucidate self-defense techniques during Krav Maga classes, preparing students to react defensively to surprise attacks. Furthering self-defense skills, their rigorous curriculum of mixed-martial-arts classes combines a variety of martial-arts modalities from around the world, including karate, kung fu, boxing, and kenpo. Latin beats fuel Zumba classes, in which instructors lead high-energy routines that marry dance moves and interval training, and small-group and private yoga lessons render bodies flexible enough to comfortably lie in a rack.
The hours before 5 a.m. are typically reserved for sleeping, but not so at Body Language. At the crack of 4:30, the staff kicks open the doors to the newly renovated gym’s neon-green walls, and exercisers shake off calories on an eclectic array of Life Fitness cardio and strength machines. To get guests started on the right fitness foot, the staff carries out free, personalized fitness assessments for new members. The team of personal trainers, which includes a college basketball and track star who studied exercise science, also lends one-on-one support, rather than the one-on-none support found at most mime gyms. Meanwhile, classes at the group training studio infuse workouts with a sense of community; they range from yoga that incorporates a variety of styles to kickboxing sessions.
Co-Motion has three core values: fun, community, and success. And success, trainers remind us, "isn't a number on the scale." Rather, it's defined by "feeling good in your own skin," a priority that helps inform the fitness studio's programming. Exercisers meet new friends and get their heart rates up with help from Co-Motion's jam-packed schedule, whose classes include Zumba, hip-hop dance, and Yoflo, among others.
Pro boxers must keep in peak physical condition. Victory Boxing Club mimics these professional athletes' training programs, using similar workouts to help everyday clients shed pounds and sculpt physiques worthy of being chiseled into cereal boxes. Their group Boxing for Fitness classes rely on quick, three-minute rounds of exercise with speed bags, heavy bags, and other equipment. Other classes incorporate elements of kickboxing.
There on the wall inside Conan's Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing Academy, next to four World Kickboxing Championship belts, hangs a photograph of founder Scott “Conan” Mincey donning a mustache and shaking hands with one of his numerous mentors, Chuck Norris. In fact, during his 34-year career, Scott has worked with a constellation of martial-arts stars and, since 1996, has brought that experience to his self-titled academy.
Scott teaches recreational and competitive fighting styles to a diverse student base which includes men, women, teens, and children. His classes blend equal doses of self-defense techniques with workouts designed to build lean muscle strength, speed, and endurance. Students can throw jabs in the pursuit of a leaner self, or train for all manners of blood-sporting competition in the gym's boxing ring, octagonal cage, or shark tank.
Ever a resilient warrior, Marybeth Davis chose to see the destruction of her New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina as a direct challenge. Not only did she grit her teeth and rebuild, the mother of four also started her own boot camp. In her capacity as a certified personal trainer, she pulls from her years of experience in championship martial artistry to lead classes for fitness seekers of all abilities. Having overcome weight issues and injuries, Marybeth employs empathy to scale each of her high-intensity workouts to accommodate all fitness levels, from beginners to professional athletes. The coach also strives to create a motivational and non-intimidating community amongst her students, discouraging screaming, insults, or unprovoked outbreaks of water balloon fights.