Though Suleiman Yousef's muscular arms, tattoos, and shaven head present a tough, masculine exterior, the professional mixed-martial-arts fighter maintains that his biggest influence was his mom. As a single mother raising three kids on her own, she still found the time to direct his boundless energy into athletics and enroll him in many different styles of martial-arts classes. Today, Yousef not only competes in professional MMA fights, but he also owns and operates Monsters Training Center, where he channels his athletic prowess to aid others in whipping into shape. Throughout the week, industry professionals lead martial-arts and fitness classes ranging from the grappling fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu to the high-intensity routines of boot camp. To start wee ones on a path to fitness, the center offers kids' martial-arts classes, which are designed to enhance kids' physical health and instill them with the confidence to handle bullies and impress future prom dates with their ability to crack lunch trays with a single karate chop.
A fourth-degree black belt and international competitor for the national Cuban tae kwon do team, Alain Alvarez is no stranger to hard work. After retiring from international competition in 1998, Alain decided to turn his talents to training others through fun, inventive, and effective boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Each class maintains a furious pace, as students sweat and bound through body-weight exercises, sprints, agility drills, and anvil juggling. Sessions also integrate fun group activities such as tug of war, potato-sack races, and tag-team butter churning. Alain preaches that exercise can improve not just physical but also mental performance, and conducts classes on the beach, in a parking lot, or on the grassy fields of a local park.
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
Beauty & Body Forever aims to noninvasively reduce circumferences with the aid of high-tech equipment. During lipo-cavitation treatments, ultrasound waves encourage fat cells to release their contents for natural removal through the lymphatic system. In addition to slimming forms, the techs tackle pain and tension with heat therapy and relaxation massages.
The idea of the Buddha getting in a fight might be startling, but the image that Brawling Buddha Studio represents is one where both yoga and martial arts find a home. Atop hardwood flooring, yogis stretch, twist, and pose during classes with the help of longtime yoga instructor Hayley Milks. In a padded area nearby, kids and adults learn karate, muay thai kickboxing, and brazilian jujitsu from seasoned sensei Jimmy Guerrero.