Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.
Maximum Fitness Club has it all: group classes, personal training, strength and cardio training, massage, and even tanning. The 10,000-square-foot facility has more than 50 cardio machines and offers 35 fitness classes each week, including boot camp and Zumba, not to mention member perks such as free childcare. Maximum Fitness Club also offers a free customized workout plan, known as S.L.E.D. (Stronger Leaner Every Day), to help simplify the gym-going experience with a worksheet of exercises to complete, as well as a way to receive ongoing feedback from trainers.
At Master Lowell's Mixed Martial Arts, experienced martial artists help clients increase flexibility, develop self-defense skills, and relieve stress through classes in disciplines such as MMA, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing. In his earlier days, Master Jonathan Lowell competed internationally in martial-arts tournaments, winning medals in California and Florida state competitions and training in Japan and Israel. Today, he imparts the wisdom he has gained over the decades through his gym's varied curriculum.
Jungle Club is about more than sweating like you’re in the middle of a tropical jungle. It combines physical activity and fun into one sports complex. Spend a day in the sun with a game of tennis followed by an afternoon swimming laps in the 25-meter pool. Indoors, a full gym includes resistance training, cardio equipment, and a gravity studio, which strengthens bodies using the force of their own weight. And for those who do like to sweat, Jungle Club offers a large selection of weekly fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, tai chi, and spinning. Jungle Club also goes the extra mile with a wellness center, which offers physical therapy, massage therapy, facials, and personal training.
In Renato Tavares's storied career, which spans more than three decades if you count the 90s, he's won more than 200 grappling and Brazilian jiujitsu championships around the world. With all this experience tucked under his black belt, Renato decided to open up American Top Team. In this spacious 6,000-square-foot facility, he joins forces with a staff of four other black belts to teach students the discipline and artistry of mixed martial arts. Each week they churn through more than 30 classes targeted to men, women, and kids of all skill levels. These classes focus on the aforementioned Brazilian jiujitsu and grappling, as well as self-defense, kickboxing, and combat striking.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.