In the tradition of mixed martial arts, experienced fighter Paul Mendoza and his expert instructors fuse boxing, weight lifting, and calisthenics to create whole-body workouts in their signature Fighter Fit Conditioning program. In addition to improving heart and lung function, the aim of the classes is to create leaner, more toned bodies of both men and women in a communal atmosphere. Matted training areas cover the 8,200-square-foot facility, where heavy bags and treadmills await pounding. Locker rooms for men and women store personal items.
Although Intersport Fitness Center houses a sprawling weight room, there's still space for exercisers who don't want to work out alone. The facility's staff schedules one-on-one personal-training sessions and weekly group-fitness classes, including cycling and aerobics. Topping things off are amenities such as saunas.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.
Since martial artists Ernie Reyes and Tony Thompson co-founded the West Coast World Martial Arts Association, it has expanded to more than 30 affiliate schools. At West Coast Martial Arts in Modesto, acclaimed martial-arts master Rick Jones and his team advance the association's mission of teaching traditional and modern martial-arts techniques during youth and adult programs. To improve students' flexibility and conditioning?two of the most important skills behind screaming insanely?the instructors also schedule cardio kickboxing classes.
"We don’t just want to get you there, we want to keep you there." Trainers at Elite Health Club Production say this to emphasize the comprehensive nature of their fitness plans, which not only include guided workouts but nutritional counseling and meal plans. Fueled by healthy food, groups and individuals wrestle heavy ropes and zip across treadmills in the club's blue, orange, and lime facility.
Dodging, weaving, and jabbing may be three fundamental boxing techniques, but they also provide a physically engaging workout even without an opponent in the ring. This is the philosophy of The Hiit Club, which combines boxing techniques with resistance training and body-weight exercises to create a full-body workout regimen that can help students prepare for boxing competitions or simply bolster their stamina, strength, agility and speed over time. In addition to group classes for varying age levels, The Hiit Club also offers personal training sessions and open-gym times, which allow visitors to practice with the weights and heavy bags, as well as improve their physical fitness while learning practical self-defense skills.