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 Soothing Palm Bodyworks, licensed massage therapist Benjamin Blanchard eases muscular pain with his broad repertoire of massage modalities. Benjamin specializes in alleviating chronic pain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as sciatic based pain, treating rotator cuffs, and using treatments that include hot-stone, reflexology, sports, and deep-tissue massage.
All of X-treme Champions' instructors live, die, and whistle by the Coaches' Oath—a pledge to parents that emphasizes life lessons and sportsmanship rather than cutthroat competition. As they arm kids with the skills and knowledge necessary to master sports skills, they also encourage cooperation and etiquette, making sure each player knows to curtsy before tackling an opponent. During seasonal leagues, teams practice and play games on the same day, easily fitting with parents' schedules and forging new friendships through both camaraderie and competition.
Patrick Shaw's lifelong devotion to fitness paid off when he received a full athletic scholarship to Indiana University. Although his days as a college football player have since waned, Patrick's love and appreciation for fitness and nutrition has only grown. At Glory N-U Fitness, Patrick turns his attention to helping others reach their own fitness goals, combining his experience as a D1 athlete and his personal-trainer certification to lead boot camp classes and develop personalized exercise programs. Each workout is tailored to suit each individual's goals, be it losing weight or becoming strong enough to lift a sword out of a concrete sidewalk after it's dried.
TITLE Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson, Tony Carbajo, and John Rotche. Hanson, Carbajo, and Rotche provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The Carrollwood and Brandon locations both boast dozens of 90-pound heavy bags built into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Drumrolls of punches and kicks resound from these inanimate foes as patrons burn calories and learn self-defense moves during hour-long boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide a safe haven for viewing merchandise.