Manchester Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu follows the teachings of the Gracie family, who derived their own style of jiu-jitsu after learning the ancient Japanese version of the art. Jiu-jitsu's practice allows for a physically weaker person to defeat a stronger opponent through the use of superior technique and skill. Manchester Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers classes to kids—who learn both self-defense and self-confidence—and adults alike.
Certified CrossFitter and owner David Tripp puts his Army and outdoor-adventuring experience to work during intense cross-training routines at Land Warrior CrossFit. Along with his team of knowledgeable and skilled instructors, he teaches the CrossFit system because of its universal scalability, able to prep people of all ages and fitness levels for every kind of physical activity. They do this by employing functional-movement exercises that enhance power, agility, and speed, while toning all muscle groups.
Lunges while holding kettlebells, jumping pull-ups, handstands, and games of catch with medicine balls—these are a few of the ever-changing exercises that comprise CrossFit’s daily workouts. Trainers mix up routines to ensure clients avoid the boredom of that can set in from repeated exercise and use functional movements, such as pushing and lifting, to prep participants for all physical activities. The mix of explosive exercises and everyday motions works every muscle group, enhancing power, speed, and agility.
The ground fighting, chokes, and locks of Brazilian jiu jitsu are traditionally associated with the legendary Gracie family—and Soulcraft Brazilian Jiu Jitsu features an instructor who knows the family well. Marcio Stambowsky studied with the family and was one of just a few to earn his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under the tutelage of the late Rolls Gracie. Now a seventh-degree red-and-black belt, Stambowsky and Brazilian jujitsu black belt Brad Wolfson lead a team that instructs students in jiu jitsu and muay thai kickboxing. Youngsters get in on the act as well, with kids' classes that teach self-defense, boost confidence, and demonstrate how to avoid conflicts with that kid at lunch who keeps trying to trade a fat-free Fig Newton for a chocolate-pudding pack.
Certified Level 1 CrossFit trainer Dave Duprey faces all challenges with a fierce, competitive spirit. The ex-minor-league hockey player—who holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine certification—has won several American Strongman competitions, bested the state deadlift record, and competed in the 2010 CrossFit Games.
At Self Made CrossFit, Duprey channels this devout athleticism into his coaching duties as he helps clients of all ages and abilities blast through their perceived limitations. He and his team of trainers harness CrossFit's high-intensity, constantly varied functional movements to bolster strength and endurance. To do this, they use free weights and body weight to help everyone from athletes to new moms get in shape. While there is no typical class at Self Made CrossFit, exercises may include kettlebell training, gymnastics, climbing, and lifting.
At CrossFit Seekonk, instructors spur groups of students through intense, ever-changing rounds of CrossFit. The facility breaks beginners in slowly, allowing them to advance through different workout levels at their own pace. Typically, classes begin with a thorough warm-up, followed by a high-energy Workout of the Day (WOD) built around a variety of functional movements. Many of those movements utilize the facility's equipment, which includes climbing ropes, rings, and plenty of weights.
With its focus solely on functional training, CrossFit EXP doesn't believe in treadmills and butt blasters, or TVs, for that matter. The gym is bare bones and to the point. It employs the functional movements of CrossFit using rowing machines, pull-up bars, kettlebells, medicine balls, and other basics. That equipment is used with everyday motions, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, which readies participants for all physical activity. It also enhances stamina, power, speed, and agility. This system is scalable to all fitness levels, so CrossFit EXP welcomes everyone, easing them into CrossFit with a beginner's Elements course.