The instructors at Universal Grappling Academy are all about "training ordinary people to be extraordinary athletes." Adults and children as young as four can develop a lifelong appreciation for fitness during mixed martial arts and conditioning programs designed to build muscle, confidence, and discipline. Universal Grappling Academy understands that not all people want to be or can be fighters, but their programs encourage participants to train like fighters in order to achieve maximum results. Programs incorporate a constantly-rotating circuit of runs, drills, functional training routines, and technique review. Instructors motivate students to challenge themselves physically and mentally on their path to achieving personal goals.
Founded by UFC veteran and Brazilian jiujitsu expert Romie Aram and his friends, Millennia MMA is a popular mixed martial arts school that has been training fighters—including several top-ranked professionals—for more than a decade. The academy has a new location in Chino Hills, where both adults and kids can train in a spacious facility outfitted with heavy bags, padded floors, and a raised boxing ring. In fitness classes led by qualified instructors, students learn the grappling and ground-fighting moves of Brazilian jiujitsu, or sweat their way through challenging cardio kickboxing or boot camp sessions. Other offerings include boxing, judo, and MMA.
As one of the longest running gyms in Rancho Cucamonga, California Athletic Club has seen some of the tots who were placed in childcare as their parents worked out become full-fledged adult members themselves. But just because it's been around for decades doesn't mean the 24-hour gym is stuck in Jazzercise mode. Under new ownership since early 2014, the expansive space features treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight-lifting equipment, as well as whirlpools and steam rooms. A packed schedule of fitness classes, meanwhile, ranges from fast-paced cycling and cardio kickboxing to boot camp and Zumba.
At Cardio Fit Sports Club, a sea of free weights floods the weight room, where strength-training machines, elliptical units, treadmills, and cardio machines also beckon visitors to work toward their dream bodies. Experienced trainers draw upon experience in martial arts and other disciplines while leading workout classes targeted at certain muscle groups. The instructors also design courses according to the needs and varying levels of all of their clients. The driving rumble of high-energy bass lines drifts from Zumba sessions, and relaxed sighs waft from yoga and mat Pilates classes.
Run by a team of dedicated instructors, Shark Tank MMA Gym helps push students to achieve their potential, both physically and mentally. Not content to let its members settle for giving less than their full effort, the gym's leaders foster a sense of community in the supportive and challenging environment for everyone from beginners to aspiring MMA fighters and champion thumb wrestlers. Their fitness classes borrow from an array of disciplines to tone bodies, improve conditioning, and test endurance.