Though now spread over the United States, Crunch Gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch Gym's fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
For Sean and Nikki Davis, the thought of missing a workout was unimaginable—that is, until they had kids. Three of them. Following the birth of the third, when their lifestyles had made the 180-degree revolution from active to inactive, they decided they needed to get back in shape. They started simple: exercising on their own at home using bodyweight routines such as lifting the mailman. After friends and neighbors took notice of the Davis' revamped figures, the Davis' started inviting them along for their workouts. When their house couldn't hold any more people, the duo took the leap and opened Davis Training. Today, at their fitness facility, they whip clients from across the fitness spectrum into shape during boot camp, kickboxing, and classes that train patrons for adventure races.
At Jaco’s Boxing, four personal trainers—two of whom are also professional fighters—teach everything from the basics of boxing to the serenity of yoga in a gym packed with punching bags, boxing rings, and stationary bikes. Every morning, a chalkboard shows the day's group class schedule, which usually includes circuit training, boxing, and hot yoga. Co-owner Kelli Jaco doubles as a professional trainer and a yoga pro, which helps her twist boxing opponents into serene pretzels. Her studio, SOUL, is right next door to the boxing/MMA training zone, offers athletes the chance to experience two fitness disciplines not typically associated with one another.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training as participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Owner Rusty Solomon leads groups of children and adult martial artists in classes that teach karate, MMA skills, and kickboxing. In addition to bolstering self-defense skills and improving his pupils' striking skills, the instructor also helps students develop self-discipline and confidence as they get into shape.
Professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gym offering group self defense and fitness classes for men, women and children. The needs of athletes and grandparents differ by degree not kind. Athletes worldwide have followed our workouts and distinguished themselves in the streets, gyms, stadiums, and world class combat situations