Owners Tom and Dawn Wilson hope that members of Zona Fitness can move as casually and comfortably to the gym's free-weight rack as they do to their own front door. In an effort to combat the overwhelming crowds and uncomfortable scrutiny of "box" gyms, they created a smaller, more welcoming workout space, equipped with an aerobics studio and modern exercise machinery. Here, they view intimidation as the enemy and customization as the ideal.
Their personal-training programs build routines for clients of all skill levels and aspirations. In addition to adult appointments, the nationally certified trainers host sessions for children and teens that accommodate growing bodies, instead of simply telling them "you'll lift more when you're older." Instructors also demonstrate barbell lifts, martial arts strikes, and cardio dance moves during Les Mills group classes, which share the schedule with yoga and boot-camp lessons. The staff even caters to family members at each end of the age spectrum: childcare services supervise youngsters, and Silver Sneakers courses showcase senior-friendly maneuvers.
Kristine Bennett, certified personal trainer, fitness instructor, and owner of Skin & Body Fitness, leads a brigade of instructors in specialized, unique fitness classes to keep students hale and hearty. The studio’s schedule integrates a spectrum of classes, from yo-pi—a blend of yoga and Pilates—to spin-ergy cycling sessions. Zumba dance-party classes infuse exercisers’ bodies with easily followed, Latin-inspired dance steps, while ballet body classes deploy deep-toning isometric conditioning to instill grace, elegance, and the qualifications to be a living statue of a swan.
At A-Long's Kung Fu Academy, skilled instructors impart their martial arts wisdom in northern shaolin kung fu and traditional qi gong classes for kids, teens, and adults. A-Long Kung Fu Academy's training facility is outfitted with spring-loaded floors to place less stress on participants' joints.
Like a map, Parsons Training has many different roads, and each is laid out to land its travelers in a healthier place than where they started out. One of the facility's roads pushes athletes to perform better; another gets clients back on their feet with rehabilitative training following an injury. Parsons also designs some of its offerings with a more general appeal in mind. Its collection of group fitness classes, for instance, features options geared toward women and exercisers aged 55 or older. There's also the Warrior Fit class, an intense workout that incorporates plyometrics, kettlebells, and other techniques.
The motivational trainers at Force Kickboxing & Fittness refuse to hear the word ‘can't.' Instead, they motivate clients of all ages and abilities to overcome their perceived limitations while reaching their fitness goals. They help clients shape up self-defense and combat skills through kickboxing's unique blend of martial arts and boxing. When they're not helping clients hone accurate, powerful punches and kicks, these trainers are harnessing X-Treme Fitness's intense, functional movements to help students carve out svelte physiques that will allow them to finally pull the crashed spaceship out of their pool.
While many Americans may think they know Chuck Norris because of the way his on-screen persona has roundhouse kicked its way into our hearts, few have actually met the man. Fewer, in fact, have been bestowed a sixth-degree black belt from Master Norris in his chun-kuk-do martial-arts system. But the founder of Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC, Charles Allen, has.
Mr. Allen takes seriously his role in building confidence and shaping role models throughout the community, which is why he handpicks each of his center’s instructors. These instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations, including adults looking to cut a competitive edge into their lives with mixed martial arts, a form of training that schools students in the sparring, grappling, and takedown techniques popularized by the caged sport. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs include krav-maga self-defense classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with only their forearm.
Across three Tucson locations, Boxing Inc.'s instructors develop their classes based on the training regimens of real-life fighters, encouraging guests to bob and weave at their own pace. Students skip rope, pummel hanging bags, heave medicine balls, and push through cardio workouts to condition their muscles as they hone techniques in their choice of combat style. Muay thai kickboxing techniques demand strikes from all four limbs, and grappling classes teach takedowns from styles including judo, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu. For a cumulative battle strategy, MMA courses blend maneuvers from each school, inciting suspenseful spars between pupils not seen since the six-hour bare-knuckle boxing match between James Kelly and Jonathan Smith on December 3, 1855.