Flags of the world's countries line the walls of World Class Boxing Gym, across from posters of Manny Pacquiao and other boxing legends. Speed bags dangle from wall mounts and heavy bags suspend from the ceiling, inviting pugilists to step up and prove themselves by massacring the bags with a flurry of jabs or moving them to tears with a sonnet. Though the equipment is professional caliber, you don’t have to be an aspiring pro to train here. The expert trainers and staff specialize in teaching students of every background, from amateur boxers to those who simply want to get in shape.
A student of Brazilian jujitsu since 1998, Stephan Goyne took just 12 years to earn a black belt in the combat-oriented martial-arts style, winning six gold medals in various tournaments along the way. Today, he and Bay Jiu-Jitsu’s three other instructors share their skills with students of all ages and fitness levels. Each class begins with a workout that strengthens the body for jujitsu through wrestling-specific movements. Stephan then guides students through new moves before letting them spar against an opponent in a test of strategy similar to full-contact chess.
The interior of Hybrid Training SF is like an athlete's playground—two speed bags, four heavy bags, and uppercut bags hang from the ceiling, and the floor is packed with yoga balls, kettlebells, and an assortment of cardio equipment. This array of training tools comes in handy during the gym's classes, which range from muay thai and boxing, to jujitsu tailored for kids, men, and women. Classes are led by a team of experienced instructors with diverse backgrounds in Brazilian jujitsu, and amateur boxing.
Chests heave and hearts thump as clients congregate in K-One Fitness's 4,500-square-foot studio for individual workouts or martial arts and cardio fitness classes. A regulation-sized boxing ring, professional equipment, and an elite group of experienced pugilists facilitate add a real-world edge to high-octane boxing classes, one of many self-defense-oriented practices that also include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, and muay thai. Fitness Boot Camps vanquish excess weight through varied sessions of aerobic exercise and expert fitness advice, building lean muscle without the boredom of wrestling a forklift to the ground over and over again.
Fairtex was founded as a Thailand-based clothing company in 1958, but owner Philip Wong was not satisfied with just peddling fashion trends. On the side, he started a muay thai and boxing camp in Bangkok to indulge his passion for the sport. The camp flourished and became one of the first Thai camps to train European, American, and Japanese students. When Mr. Wong noticed the poor muay thai training Americans were receiving in their home country, he set out to bring his brand of training to the United States. Fairtex Muay Thai Fitness now boasts ten training locations spread across Thailand, the United States, Japan, and China.
The Mountain View gym is designed for cultural and knowledge sharing, housed in high ceilings lit by skylights. Full-size, 24-foot boxing rings stand permanently ready for training alongside 7-foot heavy bags, which are designed to weather the repeated impacts of sharp knees, elbows, and tongue-lashings from the coaches for always losing fights. Varied mat spaces are designed to host specific benefits to both striking and grappling arts, empowering students to stitch together a complete MMA education as they train in muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, TRX, and strength and conditioning. The trainers offer coed adult classes and kid-focused programs, which help charges develop self-discipline, scholastic achievement, and self-confidence.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 10,000 clients of every skin type, including over 1,000 patients for face-fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
Tareq Azim specializes in physically preparing people for combat. That includes military combat—he's a Military and Law Enforcement Special Ops Instructor—and athletic forms of combat—he's coached the Oakland Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals in their off-seasons. At Empower, he and his team help anyone who walks through their doors to hone their sparring abilities, which, in turn, helps improve physical fitness. During kickboxing training sessions, the instructors teach offensive and defensive techniques, all the while emphasizing that fighting is both physical and mental, especially if you're fighting a giant brain.