Women's fitness classes, such as pole-dancing, chair-dancing, and Zumba, fill the roster at Sassy Girl Fitness, with each class existing in a safe and comfortable setting. The instructors welcome students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, and offer party-classes for bachelorette parties, birthdays, or other events.
At Mid-South Boxing and Fitness Academy, trainers lead authentic boxing classes, jujitsu sessions, and workouts that combine martial arts and CrossFit training. The Fight-Fit program teaches self-defense techniques and striking form in the course of a workout that also draws on CrossFit exercises.
Lance Farrell drew from his extensive background in tae kwon do to take down opponents in the ring for many years before he realized he could use his powers to help others combat obesity and health issues. He developed Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping to provide patrons of all fitness levels with a comfortable place in which to undergo a mental and physical transformation, much like a crushed-velvet cocoon. He stripped away the sparring and contact drills from his fighter training, leaving just the components that burn fat and build muscle.
When students sign up for a program, they're grouped into teams of peers who encourage one another through moments of weakness and provide a sense of accountability. The instructors and coaches guide these teams toward fitness on a 10-week quest based on four pillars—cardiovascular exercise to burn fat, strength training to build muscle, nutrition coaching to map out a healthy diet, and enthusiastic trainers to provide motivation. At the end of each session, each of Farrell's locations rewards a student with a $1,000 prize—or a year’s worth of high-fives—congratulating them on their dramatic physical transformation. Students who stick around and strive to get healthy over the course of a year get a shot at the $10,000 prize, though winners have reported that leading a healthier life is a greater reward than the money.
"Warrior": anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his or her particular challenges in life. That's the way Training for Warriors defines a trainee worthy of its fitness classes. When the training system was created, only athletes qualified as warriors. But as time wore on, it became clear that this holistic wellness program wasn't sports-specific. Its blend of speed, strength, and endurance training, along with flexibility moves and nutrition, create a regime that benefits any motivated client. Thanks to ongoing assessments and feedback, trainees of all aptitudes get closer and closer to their fitness goals.
When they teach escapes, positional control, and submissions, the instructors at The Forge Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center aren't just teaching grappling—they're helping students to build confidence. Their drills, all of which incorporate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques, are as relevant to exercising in the gym as they are in real-life self-defense scenarios. And, to ensure their pupils progress, the teachers use positive encouragement as motivation. They welcome kids as young as five to practice blocks, escapes, and grappling moves during classes, awarding higher belt levels as the group's form improves.
Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate’s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.