Setting up shop in a brand-new facility, KO Studio Westlake's crew of coaches lead custom classes in boxing and kickboxing alongside a variety of stomach-shrinking and muscle-magnifying exercises. Clients plot routes toward fitness destinations in a 20-minute private consultation, where instructors ascertain which of the studio's classes will best suit each student's needs. Whether a seasoned sofa spud or a professional bear wrestler, customers can attend any number of the clinic's 28 class sessions, which take place Monday–Saturday. Six different instructors oversee the 30-minute sessions to ensure workout variety and discourage pesky plateaus. Classes contain no more than four students each, ensuring individual attention while furnishing enough members to go square dancing after class.
Coach Henry Castro believes the key to staying in shape is simplicity, not flash-in-the-pan fads. At KO Studio, Castro and his team dedicate themselves to helping clients reach their fitness goals the old-fashioned way. In 30-minute KO Box-Fit classes limited to six students, exercisers practice a challenging, fast-paced blend of techniques, which constantly change to catch muscles off guard like throwing a surprise party for your triceps. More advanced courses up the intensity, and include a 10-week kickboxing and boxing program specifically designed for women.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are located right above RoadRunner Sports. Follow the drive to the upper level parking.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our clients remain motivated because of our excellent trainers. People of all skill levels can achieve great results.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have many active members with Parkinson's Disease. Research has shown that forced intense exercise can help people with Parkinson's delay, reduce, and sometimes reverse their symptoms. Non-contact boxing is an intense exercise that directly addresses the issues that people with PD deal with: balance, strength, flexibility, and mental focus.
Tom Bloom's distinguished martial-arts career began more than 30 years ago when he was a student at Chuck Norris Karate School. Similar to the school's namesake, Bloom would spend the next three decades fostering the sport of martial arts. He co-captained the USA Karate team from 1984–88; received black belts in tae kwon do, hapkido, shippalgi, and kung fu; and helped train more than 300 students and 1 ostrich to black-belt-level status. Today, Bloom and his staff continue carrying the torch by leading martial-arts and fitness classes for students of all ages.
Bas Rutten's Elite MMA’s members have use of 8,000 square feet of space to get into shape. That vast space houses racks upon racks of dumbbells, kettlebells, and medicine balls, and plenty of cardio machines. Members strap on protective gloves and head gear before entering the gym’s boxing ring and pin down their opponents during brazilian jujitsu classes. And kickboxers can avail themselves to the gym's 3,000 square feet of cushioned mat space that's lined with heavy bags to kick, punch, and hug during kickboxing classes. The spa-like bathrooms include towel service and saunas to relax in after a hard workout.