The closets of the instructors at Topeka Jiu Jitsu Academy must look like the inside of an exploded rainbow, bursting with belts of all colors. Marc Monaco, for example, boasts a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and a third-degree black belt in American jiu jitsu. David Owens and Steve Twemlow each sport a purple belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and black belts in various other disciplines.
With their extensive training, they lead students of all ages through jiu jitsu classes, teaching them submission grappling and advanced techniques. They also help students build the power they need to put their techniques to use in strength and conditioning classes. Their women's self-defense classes show ladies how to safely protect themselves in real-world threatening situations.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 states, building a devoted clientele with boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a vaudevillian jukebox. Participants build strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing 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 burn calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Distance runner Tony Estes has dashed across the finish line of 18 marathons and countless other races. Nowadays, at Fitness In Training, he shows others how he did it during running and walking training programs for 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, and marathons, the running craze that started as an ancient Greek prank. For less cardio-minded workouts, Estes dons his personal trainer cap for one-on-one workouts.
Personal trainer Jamie Neal didn't like the stuffy, crowded atmosphere of larger gyms. So she began seeing her clients in their homes or at the community center, allowing them to bring their own motivational music and avoid mobbed treadmills. She hosts one-on-one and group workouts as well as boot-camp programs, some of which include nutrition plans, shopping lists, and regular evaluations of each student's progress.
Practicality is the name of the game at ATA Martial Arts. For kids and teens, they have bully prevention, child safety, and leadership classes, as well as karate lessons. For adults, they teach self-defense through tae kwon do while fostering fitness, positive attitudes, and confidence.
Since the age of 6, Fernando Rodriguez knew that fitness and athletics would play a big role in his life. While most kids his age were busy at play, Fernando was swimming four hours each day and eagerly counting the hours until his next meet. His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Mexican Olympic swim team and instilling him with a passion for fitness that would continue into his adult life.
Today, Fernando draws from his years of athletic and coaching experience to guide others toward their fitness goals in his own private training studio, The Underground Lab. Alongside his staff of fellow certified trainers and fitness aficionados, Fernando leads group workouts that combine traditional exercises with imaginative and innovative techniques. The team also conducts personal-training sessions, employing a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment, and designs a unique 19-day nutrition program to help clients lose weight rapidly in preparation for special events, such as a wedding or an outing in a flimsy rowboat.