For someone who has worked in the fitness industry for more than 15 years, Chrissy Shaver rarely finds herself at the gym. Instead, the ACE-certified personal trainer usually holds her fitness classes at the studio or in her clients' homes. That's not the only way Chrissy sets herself apart from other coaches and instructors. She's also known to keep muscles guessing by calling them by different names and frequently changing her workout routines.
In addition to personalized one-on-one workouts, Chrissy leads group fitness classes in non-contact cardio kickboxing, TRX suspension training, and other exciting disciplines. She also helms a program an athletic development program for youths ages 10-18.
The family-oriented United Kung Fu marital-arts studio teaches the ancient practice of Kung Fu to students aged 4 to 94. They offer a variety of programs, from basic training and conditioning to embarking on the long, rewarding path to self mastery. Black-belt candidates will have the chance to master one of a number of Kung Fu forms, plus weapons training, and self-defense work. Every program focuses on the tenets of discipline and respect, and every class is taught by an experienced, patient instructor.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Fairtex, Everlast, RevGear
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: BJJ and UFC fighters' training camps
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
The passion comes directly from our instructors' goal [of] making this gym not only competitive but different from the rest. John Crouch, one of the owners and instructors, started this gym with Joe and Ben Henderson to re-define jiu jitsu and muay thai and still include the much needed cardio and strength training people forget when training in the mixed-martial-arts realm.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Don't give up?it's a learning process and it won't be easy. It will feel like you are lost at first but everything takes time, and once you get the basics down, it gets easier and you start feeling amazing. My suggestion is to stick with it for a few months and really come consistently if you want to get the results you are looking for.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Teachings come directly from John Crouch, a 30-year black belt who is one of the 9 people Royce Gracie ever gave a black belt to. ... Our members have become very competitive and compete at a lot of competitions around the world.... We have currently 8 members that train here that fight in the UFC, and we constantly have fighters from the UFC come from all over the world to train in our fight camps.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Jarret Aki is our secret sauce trainer who directly works with the fighters and gets everyone conditioned. He ... modifies strength conditioning to each individual member's needs. Our workouts give you the one-on-one personal training attention in a class setting without the high-priced personal training fees.
A student of martial arts since 1974, Master Tim Elliott employs the skills he has acquired to help boys and girls build confidence, strength, and discipline. A supportive faculty of black belts and orange girdles call mini kickers to the mats from 9 a.m. to noon for introductory lessons in the Korean martial art of Tae Soo Do. The low student-to-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 ensures that trainees develop a reverent attitude toward their developing talents along with nuanced instruction in self-defense. Legs brace bodies as feet soar during standing, jumping, and spinning kicks; arms rocket forward in various grabs at undefended wrists and ice-cream cones. The camp concludes with a graduation ceremony and a certificate to celebrate each student's increased flexibility, confidence, and passing resemblance to Jean Claude van Damme.
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 more than 20 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 to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. 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.
Inside the nearly 6,000-square-foot Gent's Boxing Club, trainers turn punch-shy patrons into confident fist-slingers, testing their newfound sparring skills in a full-size ring. Before women and men step through the ropes, instructors run them through customized one-on-one or group training regimens that incorporate equipment such as weights, cardio machines, and more than 40 bags. Teachers also construct strenuous workouts around jabs, fancy footwork, and techniques for using referees as human shields in boxing fitness classes six days a week. Adept at working with beginners and pros alike, the club's trainers take any student above the age of eight.