While working as a firefighter and paramedic, CrossFit Brownsville owner Jonathan Jones counted on the CrossFit system to stay in shape for the grueling demands of his job. Today, he and his team teach the method to others, incorporating Olympic lifting, gymnastics, cardio, and resistance training into their workouts. That mix, combined with everyday motions, fosters a full-body workout, and one that readies participants for all kinds of physical activities. Instructors can scale CrossFit workouts to suit anyone, including grandparents, marathon runners, and those just getting into a fitness routine. To ease into the system, students start off with a three-day Fundamentals class that introduces CrossFit's fundamentals and techniques.
Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.
Galvan's Martial Arts' instructors possess a broad range of specialties. They combine striking arts such as karate and kicboxing with grappling-focused combat forms such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and aikido. And while the philosophy behind each technique may differ, the instruction also includes how to blend the different styles into a broader method of combat for use in mixed martial arts or practical self-defense.
The expert trainers of PÜR Fitness & Health work one-on-one with clients to create personalized workout regimens. They use all the gear in the well-stocked studio, incorporating TRX suspension training, weight lifting, and battling ropes. With boot camps, they combine the same intense workouts with the camaraderie of a group environment.
Whether trainer Joey Rodriguez is staging his boot camps indoors or outdoors, the workouts primarily consist of body-weight exercises. So clients can expect a varied lineup of sit-ups, pushups, and, if the location has a tree that's the shape of a leg-press machine, leg presses. In addition to Rodriguez's fitness knowledge, clients benefit from his motivational tactics, which include holding exercisers accountable for their weight-loss efforts through biweekly weigh-ins.
Four days a week, instructor Crystal Martinez leads men and women of all ages and experience levels through high-energy Piloxing classes at V-Fit Studio. An intense combo of Pilates and boxing, Piloxing also uses elements of dance to keep the workout fun and engaging, but also effective. Piloxing works to whip bodies into shape fast, using upbeat kickboxing movements to burn fat, and relying on Pilates moves to develop long, lean muscles.