The creator and owner of The Fit Factor, wants her clients to be excited to get out of bed in the morning. By teaching inventive fitness classes, she and her friendly staff of certified personal trainers and instructors help students get toned muscles and tap into their personal reserves of unlimited energy. All classes are semi-private and come with a free fitness assessment.There's The 50 Minute Factor, a 50-minute circuit training class that's packed with intense cardio and strength training moves, and there's the No Holds Barre Pilates Fitness class, a low-impact class that fuses mat Pilates moves and ballet barre techniques. Students can come in for a one-on-one session with a personal trainer or drop in on a Fit Factor Fight Club class, a cardio boxing session designed to leave muscles strong. The Fit Factor hosts such training in a sunlit, wood-floored space full of supportive and social energy from instructors and students alike.
Helmed by professor and capoeira expert Muito Tempo, Capoeira Batuque Pasadena fills with the rhythms that drive the fast-paced sport. In group classes, instructors introduce the fundamentals of capoeira, which fuses the moves of martial arts, the rhythmic and collaborative elements of dance, and the circular formation of Duck, Duck, Goose into a vibrant and aerobic form of exercise. Classes consist of two participants dancing around each other in the middle of the circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a frenzied but controlled flow. The classes maintain their lively pace by fueling the acrobatic movements with music heavy in complex, quick polyrhythms played on a range of traditional percussion instruments.
Dennis Robinson can list many credentials on his resume: National Personal Training Institute certification, certified nutritionist, and certified kickboxing instructor just to name a few. But to really see the proof of Mr. Robinson's expertise, one needs only look at the body and lifestyle transformations he's helped others achieve. One of his most successful clients, a man named Albert, lost more than 150 pounds over one year and four months. Mr. Robinson accomplishes these types of transformations with a combination of custom workout programs and 15-day meal plans.
XTC Gym combines classic martial-arts training with a touch of something more lyrical. Instructors teach kickboxing, jujitsu, tae kwon do, and muay thai boxing, but also the Brazilian dance/fighting hybrid capoeira and aerial fitness. Accordingly, punching bags and swinging hoops alike hang from the ceiling of the brightly lit, 6,500-square-foot space, requiring that front-desk staff keep watch for monkeys trying to sneak in. An impressive weight room complements regimens of cardio kickboxing or boot-camp classes.
Having spent 30 years rehearsing his martial-arts techniques and another 7 competing in professional MMA matches, Joey Alvarado amassed enough know-how to craft his own training style, Combat Kettle-Jitsu. This system blends grappling techniques with kettlebell-weight lifts to condition prospective fighters. Though his methods have now spread to more than 20 countries and his resumé lists black belts, medals, and championships, Alvarado doesn't covet celebrity status. Instead, he and his staff strive to imbue others with the strength to achieve their own personal victories.
During group classes, the team strives to reshape guests with both martial-arts maneuvers and conditioning drills. In addition to men’s spar-centric MMA sessions, they lead women's kickboxing, kettlebell boot camps, and CrossFit sessions. Teachers also helm MMA lessons for children and teens, keeping the youngsters engaged by infusing the session with games rather than wearing Justin Bieber masks. They offer private training for clients who want custom tips on their holds and hooks.