Mixed martial arts are brought to pupils in diverse forms at 300 MMA Fitness. Boxing, kickboxing, and tae kwon do heighten adrenaline. But women’s self-defense focuses on arming practitioners against attackers as much as sculpting bodies. The gym also holds camps for ages 4–6 and 7–15 and classes for the whole family.
The muted thud of a 16-ounce boxing glove connecting with a 150-pound punching bag signals the start of class at LA Boxing. Its boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes not only breed expert fighters, they also burn calories at a dizzying rate (up to 1,000 per hour). By incorporating a workout regime into each class, boxers cross-train in a way that arms them against attacks as it boosts their level of fitness.
Chris Sutton’s vast knowledge of self-defense and fitness stems from his extensive martial arts training, as well as a law enforcement career that pitted him against ruthless criminals. At two locations, Chris and his fellow instructors teach students how to combat both attackers and stale fitness routines, including with C.O.B.R.A., a 10-week reality self-defense course designed by Chris. They also offer classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and after-school karate for kids.
At Gracie Tampa, instructors mainly emphasize clients’ safety, working to ensure that students can execute technically-sound chokeholds without actually inflicting harm. As far as disciplines are concerned, the MMA studio focuses on Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, with a flexible curriculum that can accommodate competitive fighters and fitness buffs alike. The trainings take place in a state-of-the-art facility, complete with a full-size ring, heavy bags and speed bags, and a fight cage ideal for holding your opponent captive and avoiding a match altogether. Available in group class and open mat formats, these trainings are designed to build functional muscle as well as intangibles, such as discipline and perseverance.
Though they're populated by a variety of students from every walk of life, trainer Gemmalyn Crosby likens her kickboxing-infused fitness classes more to personal-training sessions than group exercise. She challenges athletes to bouts of high-intensity interval training through boxing and kickboxing drills, plyometrics, calisthenics, core exercises, and resistance training, aiming to help them burn calories and boost strength. Gemmalyn ensures that no two workouts are the same, so students can keep their minds focused and their muscles guessing as they tone their bodies with the Punch's slew of professional fitness equipment. To soothe muscles after intense workouts, visitors can opt for a deep-tissue, neuromuscular, or sports massage in Punch Performance Center's in-house massage studio.