Within Yamasaki Academy, seasoned martial artists engage students in a way tailored to their particular athletic capacity. To do this, they follow a vigorous signature exercise program that incorporates technique, sparring, competition training, and overall conditioning. Whether choosing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, judo, strength and conditioning, boxing, or mixed martial arts, classes are available for pupils of all ages, genders, and fitness levels.
When Oprah wanted to inspire her audience to get in shape on the “Live Your Best Life” tour, she called Laurent Amzallag. When JC Hayward wanted to get her studio moving, she called Laurent Amzallag. When CBS wanted to host regular segments to get their viewers up off the couch, they called Laurent Amzallag. There’s a reason so many are drawn to this spellbinding fitness guru: the YaLa inventor and all-around lady-killer cloaks gym-ready exercises in fun dance moves to create his own fun brand of exercise.
YaLa routines fold tenets of plyometrics, core training, cardio, and agility together for fast-paced, high-energy sessions that whip bodies into shape without repetitive lunges, boring squats, or tedious uphill boulder rolls. Laurent and his team also host special YaLa events and outreach activities, such as the Michael Jackson–soundtracked “Believe” workout party and fundraisers for the local children’s hospital.
In addition to its range, the firearm emporium invites guests to square off against zombies and complete more than 300 other scenarios in its 3D simulators. Classes cover practical topics such as shotgun home defense, basic pistol use, and safety recommendations. Guests can also partake in self-defense and martial-arts training, including sessions that cater exclusively to women.
On 4 Steps 2 Fitness’s website, there is a picture of owner Tomeka Wray triumphantly flexing both of her arms. For her, the triumph stems from the moment when she broke the futile yearly cycle of joining a gym—only to quit—and making a list of New Year’s resolutions she would never complete. This moment occurred when she stepped into her first Zumba class. Since that day, her passion for the Latin-inspired dance-fitness workout has fueled her to become a licensed Zumba Basic and Aqua Zumba instructor who now teaches classes of her own, inspiring others to reach their fitness goals and have fun doing it.
The state- and NRA-certified instructors at MMTA Firearms Training Academy put safety above all else. In accommodating students, they facilitate both mobile and onsite training in classes and private lessons. These gatherings take place at locales such as nearby ranges and hotel conference rooms, where the instructors lead courses such as the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation along with lessons in specialized topics such as rifle shooting, personal protection, and training to become a range safety officer.