At Carlson Gracie South Bay, trainers follow the philosophy laid out by legendary Brazilian jujitsu master Carlson Gracie. As the American and Brazilian flags wave in the background, trainers lead classes on the studio’s ample padded floors. Focusing on grappling, take downs, and using leverage to subdue opponents of all sizes, classes also incorporate fitness elements to blend with self-defense.
Redondo Beach Tae Bo sends exercisers punching and kicking through the week with classes held Monday?Saturday. During every class, certified Tae Bo instructors lead groups through high-energy, total-body workouts, which feature many movements based in martial arts techniques.
Ryan Brendel knows it's easier to get fit when you're connecting with others. To motivate his Boba Fitness followers, he posts his own exercise tips, favorite workout songs, and fun pictures to his site and Facebook page. But the inspiration doesn't stop online: he's also a personal trainer, and he even invites exercisers to call him and arrange impromptu buddy workouts.
It's no secret that the UFC boasts some of the best athletes in the world. So it was only natural for the brand to expand into UFC Gym, a network of training centers that includes more than 100 locations across the country. Of course, the class schedule is rooted in mixed martial arts and strength training. Functional fitness is also a huge aspect, with Daily Ultimate Training workouts (DUTs) that keep the body challenged with changing combinations of cardio, anaerobic, and agility exercises.?
With that said, UFC Gyms are not just for those interested in MMA. Its encyclopedic selection of classes includes Barre Interval to U Jam Fitness, Zumba, and Yoga Cycle, with plenty of classes for kids, as well. Personal-training sessions take place with certified UFC Gym coaches, who can both design workouts and give advice about nutrition, supplements, and which library books are heavy enough to build muscle while you read.
Center for Health and Fitness's facility spans 17,000 square feet and harbors everything members need to embrace wellness. The cardio space beckons exercisers with Matrix treadmills, stationary bikes, and stair climbers, as well as arm-cranks and seated NuStep elliptical trainers, which go easy on joints and aid in injury rehabilitation. A complete kettlebell set stands out among the abundant strength training equipment, which also includes Hammer Strength machines, free weights, and a squat cage. Functional training equipment is also available, including foam rollers, medicine balls, and Thera-Bands for building giant rubber-band balls.
Each of the center's personal trainers and medical exercise specialists boasts a health-related college degree, as well as certifications from the ACSM and other organizations. They teach group exercise to cultivate fitness camaraderie—classes such as belly dance, body sculpt, and cycling are included in basic memberships, and unlimited memberships open up a wide variety of Pilates and yoga sessions on the studio's wooden floors. Instructors also lead classes that focus on meditation, weight management, and nutrition.
To reward bodies after a workout or for not spontaneously combusting, massage therapists infuse Swedish kneading with techniques including shiatsu, deep tissue, and reiki. Staffers replenish stacks of freshly laundered towels so members can wick away sweat or towel off after using the locker rooms' showers, stocked with shampoo and conditioner.
Jeremy Godo Kiss’ earliest love of the adrenaline rush surfaced in his passion for skateboarding. As he grew older, he began to feel the need for something that would give him higher jumps, bigger thrills, and taller windswept hair pomps. In 1988, he found that something—he discovered the extreme art of snowboarding. Determined to help others achieve the same sense of exhilaration he experienced zooming down the steep bluffs of June Mountain for the first time, Kiss opened Olympus Board Shop in 1998. Here, he and his staffers stock a wide range of high-quality boards of all types from brands such as Solomon, Imagine, and Liquid Shredder. Since opening, they’ve expanded their inventory to include other extreme sports, including surfing, stand up paddling, and kayaking. They also host interactive, pulse-pounding lessons in surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.