After spending years immersed in the fitness and athletic industries, Ernesto McLaurin and Kim Brutzman had grown weary of the monotonous exercise equipment found in large corporate gyms. On their search for a more substantial form of fitness free from bulky machines, the two trainers fell in love with the CrossFit program’s high-energy, functional-movement-based workout routines, eventually joining forces to form CrossFit El Paso in 2006. They stuff their Eastside and Westside locations with simple resistance-training equipment, free weights, and kettlebells, conducting CrossFit classes throughout the week with the help of certified instructors. In addition to leading rigorous CrossFit workouts, they provide students with nutritional guidance and host regular health seminars. They also offer a FemmeFit class, where women and male comedians in convincing makeup can practice CrossFit workouts specifically designed for the female body.
Though Eddie Bravo initially moved to LA to pursue his career in the music industry, he soon found himself on a series of other paths. The musician, comedy writer, and author first began training in brazilian jujitsu simply as a means to stay in shape. After honing his skills training and competing, he popularized a style of jujitsu in which fighters grapple opponents without wearing the traditional gi, bringing a series of new movements and holds to the combat art. His vision has now led to the development of more than 20 worldwide schools under the umbrella of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. He and his fellow instructors lead students through the practical self-defense techniques, which are akin to wrestling, only with the goal of making opponents submit instead of pinning them and then gently lulling them to sleep with bedtime stories.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Duckett calls upon her expertise in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to meet each client's physical or mental needs. During sessions lasting anywhere from 30–90 minutes, Duckett unlaces knotted muscles using fluid Swedish strokes, deep penetrating kneads, or nimble cat's-cradle techniques. She undoes chronic or injury-related pain with targeted sports massage sessions, and restores a sense of tranquility with hot oil or stones. Duckett also packs an infrared body wrap in her relaxation arsenal, swathing clients in warm heat that speeds up metabolism and smoothes cellulite.
Rhythmic Latin beats fill Body by Soul's 3,600-square-foot studio on Monday–Thursday evenings, with the underlying bass ordering the dance routines and toning exercises that comprise the studio's Zumba lessons. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. and with the last class starting at 7:30 p.m., with an additional class on Saturdays at 10 a.m., the schedule helps patrons get in shape in a fun, community-oriented environment free of the seeming endlessness of repetitions that can plague other workouts. By also incorporating specialty classes such as kickboxing and Extreme Core, the facility keeps workouts fresh to present participants with ways to get in shape that are more enjoyable and realistic than asking a paper clip for advice.
Lean Mean Fitness’s weekday fitness classes whip physiques into shape with diverse workouts ranging from martial arts to kickboxing. The curriculum of family-friendly MMA classes is stocked with moves from assorted martial-arts styles, which help fighters 5 and older protect themselves from nap cancellers. Kickboxing and boxing classes are broken down into cardio workouts, technique tips, and high-octane bag work, whereas cross-training sessions focus on weightlifting, and conditioning courses work the full body. Open seven days a week, Lean Mean Fitness embraces exercisers until 11 p.m. Monday–Thursday.
A member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Rock That Body Fitness hosts dance-based aerobics classes designed to tone bodies and bolster self-confidence. Trainees rediscover their inner divas while performing Vegas-showgirl dance routines and Latin-inspired Zumba. Like a formal dinner at the local fun house, each class takes place in the middle of an open, hardwood floor flanked by tall mirrors and festively painted walls.