Master instructor Chris Guffey and his staff are well-versed in martial arts, Zumba, and yoga. Their students start learning self-defense techniques as young as 4 years old. Private lessons enable one-on-one attention when working through Brazilian jujitsu, karate, kung fu, tai chi, and traditional Chinese weaponry training.
In 1998, after 25 years operating health clubs across Phoenix, Kelly Bruce jumped at the opportunity to open his own club, Fitness 1 Gym. Today, Fitness 1 has expanded to locations across Phoenix, each and every one helmed by Kelly and his sons Chad, Richard, and Bobby. “We don’t just own them,” Chad proudly says, “we run them and we’re in the clubs everyday.” The amenities are certainly attractive, but it seems that what has really made Fitness 1 successful is the Bruce's dedication to their family-run enterprise. “I think that our members feel at home,” says Bobby. “I think [they] realize that it’s not a show… they're coming in here to get to work, to get results.”
Members—who are not forced into long-term contracts—can do just that thanks to an array of cardio and strength-training machines, free weights, and one-on-one personal training. The studio also offers members free fitness classes, such as Power Yoga, Chiseled, and Xplode—an interval-training class.
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.