"My dad told me, 'Mijo, no matter what the sport, the best athletes are always in tremendous shape!'" Ren? Armijo says on his website when describing how he came to concentrate on fitness. The boxer would always remember these words, forever seeking out superior health and fitness practices as he worked toward building his fighting career. At Fighter Physique, Ren? combines his experience in the ring with his passion for fitness, joining a team of fellow fighters and exercise aficionados to lead students toward diamond-chiseled physiques.
At the brightly lit studio, a forest of red punching bags abounds with instructors guiding all skill levels through proper boxing and kickboxing techniques, infusing workouts with high-intensity calisthenics and aerobic exercises. The staff opens all of their classes to kids as well, encouraging youngsters to leave behind sedentary lives of playing video games and reading their mothers' diaries in order to build the foundations of invaluable lifelong fitness skills.
Crossfit El Paso—the hard-hitting, muscle-forging outpost inside EFS Athletics—sandblasts physiques into stony exteriors using the same exercise gauntlet that propels the Navy SEALs, the El Paso police department, and athletes around the world into tiptop shape. The easily scalable program adjusts weight and intensity for every participant, ensuring an invigorating workout whether patrons are athletes at peak performance or people who have never worked out in their lives, such as professional baseball players. The instructors also strike the balance between hard work and fun. Beyond CrossFit, they teach 10 kinds of group fitness classes—including Zumba, Pilates, and spin classes—seven days a week, which is one more day than the sun usually rises. They even pitch athletes-in-training seasonal challenges, such as the yearly Farmfit event, which blends athletic feats, barbecue, and a family-friendly atmosphere as CrossFit-trained citizens go toe to toe with lifelong farmers to heft bales of hay, wrestle cows, and weed plots of killer tomatoes.
Octavio Urias doesn't believe that poor genes, previous failures, or hectic schedules are acceptable explanations for a lack of physical fitness. The handsome, brawny, and cheerful certified personal trainer dedicates himself to improving the health and fitness levels of his fellow El Paso residents, regardless of their shape, size, or physical history. Amid a collection of equipment that includes dumbbells and suspension trainers, Octavio and his staff lead ever-changing, high-intensity workouts that are only 30 minutes long, accommodating busy work schedules or plans to maintain constant surveillance on park statues. Octavio also enlightens students with tips on healthy eating habits, some of which he also shared during his appearance on local KTSM News.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels.
The Root Yoga practices an inclusionary brand of yoga that welcomes newcomers and experienced yogis alike. Its team of instructors leads lessons in many different styles, teaching participants to focus on breathing and flow through varied poses.