The River-City MMA team consists of a yoga instructor, personal trainers, and coaches specialized in boxing and Brazilian jujitsu. Seven days a week they help clients work on their bodies in a space that boasts a matted area for practicing muay thai and jujitsu, a boxing ring, and a workout area stocked with resistance-training machines and yoga balls. Group fitness classes include yoga and cardio kickboxing, which are designed to improve clients' flexibility and endurance.
The trainers at The Boxing Gym help clients use their natural assets to get into shape: namely, two fists and a little bit of stress to take out on a punching bag. They splice their boxing and kickboxing lessons with calisthenics, push-ups, and jump roping, keeping the workout fast and varied, and always returning to combative techniques. Beyond the realm of fitness, they also help prepare fighters for the ring with MMA training in the form of submission-grappling lessons and full-speed, pad-assisted kickboxing.
At Santé Fitness & Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza, 18,000 square feet of space, an outdoor swimming pool, and an expansive schedule of fitness classes skim the surface of its lavish facility. Guests can take advantage of WiFi, personal TVs, upscale fitness machines, and protein shakes and beverages; personal trainers can plan private Pilates sessions and individual health coaching.
For the staff at Flex Fitness Studio the goal is to show people how to get in shape and stay there. Certified personal trainers Brian Byrd, Stan Jackson, Shanika Ell, and Van Becker schedule boot-camp classes at parks throughout the area to get clients toward their fitness goals, be they losing weight, increasing athletic ability, or getting yelled at in an encouraging way. For postworkout guidance, certified health coach Michelle Murphy shares tips on making healthy diet and lifestyle choices that will boost the effectiveness of workouts and maintain their healthful results.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
High-energy Zumba classes and relaxing hot-stone massages collide at This Way Ladies Fitness & Wellness Center, a one-stop shop for women looking to release sweat and tension. Fitness instructors lead strength-building kettlebell classes only a stone's throw from the spa room, where specialists perform facials and ensconce feet in warming paraffin. Outdoor boot camps take the action to Francis Park, where participants test their speed, agility, and ability to resist roving hot-dog vendors.