When Bill Bradley began teaching martial arts in 1989, the term "MMA" hadn't even entered the lexicon. But whatever he might have called the high-energy blend of striking and grappling, he excelled at it. Today, Bradley shares his expertise at Alive MMA as both owner and instructor.
The facility aims to provide the ideal workout space for martial arts practitioners, combining 3,000 square feet of mat space with an MMA cage, a regulation-sized boxing ring, and 10 heavy bags. Next door, a complete CrossFit gym features practical equipment for ever-changing workouts. But the focus on fitness doesn't exclude comfort?Alive MMA also houses a sauna and therapeutic massage room for post-exercise relaxation and pre-exercise pep talks.
If bootcamp only conjures images of people working out and sweating hard, you may not have been introduced to the way it's done at Absolute Fitness. Though trainers here are definitely all about workouts that focus on developing core strength and conditioning, enrolling also means you get a full body-composition analysis and other perks, like custom meal plans. During class, you might find yourself running on ladders, pulling on resistance bands, or swinging Kettlebells?whatever it takes to help you reach your goals. A huge selection of class times is available and outside of those sessions, you also get gym access to work out on your own or to learn to identify each dumbbell by smell.
Equipment: Bench press, squat racks, kettlebells, ab mats, sand bags, pull up bars
Students should bring: Water bottle, shoes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: The training takes place in an at home fitness studio and class sizes range from 5 to 15 students.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We found that when most people do fitness in a personal training setting, with just them an the trainer one-on-one they are more likely to give up. But when you do personal fitness in a small group setting, people are more likely to continue. They hold each other accountable and develop friendships with people that have the same goals in mind
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We have had several clients loose over 100 pounds.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We believe in a positive environment. We workout as a team and encourage each other to do our best.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is personal group training. Classes are held in an a home environment [and] range [in size] from five to 15 people to ensure that everyone gets the best possible fitness experience.
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