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.
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.
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 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.
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.