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.
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.
At Clearwater Boxing Center, students learn the sweet science from decorated trainers. There's Ron Valicoff—who owns more than 35 years of martial arts experience—and Tony "TNT" Tucker, who defeated Buster Douglas for the IBF World Heavyweight championship in 1987. Together, the staff oversees an array of classes geared toward folks ages 6 and older, including boxing, kickboxing, and women's only boot camp. Like any true boxing gym, the facility keeps plenty of punching bags around so that students can practice hugging.
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.
At Pinellas Krav Maga, students harness the defensive techniques used by the Israeli military to tone physiques, build mental awareness, and learn self-defense strategies. Trainers draw from real-life experiences to mold their students into seasoned defenders able to protect themselves in a variety of real-life situations.
Each class targets specific areas of self-defense and intense conditioning, including anti-carjacking courses, women's self-defense, and strength-building kickboxing workouts. Under the watchful guidance of experts, pupils kick and condition their bodies into lean, muscular machines capable of taking down an armed assailant with precise, instinctual moves or a single well-timed sneeze.