Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Team Tiger Martial Arts blends traditional techniques and modern training methods in its martial-arts classes. Students learn to kick and punch in cardio-kickboxing, tae kwon do, and Warrior Fitness and Strengthening classes. In addition to self-defense, the studio runs a variety of fitness classes?including yoga, tai chi, and Zumba?that build lean muscle.
Around the globe, each of Gracie Barra's more than 300 schools shares a common curriculum: Brazilian jiu jitsu. The school's instructors instill the traditional martial art throughout the world, venturing beyond Brazil to nearly every continent on Earth. At the McAllen branch, the instructors possess the same International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation certifications as their colleagues across the globe, and call on their training in the Gracie Barra curriculum to teach the martial-arts technique to all ages and experience levels. Additionally, they schedule programs such as muay thai and women's fight-fitness classes that incorporate self-defense tactics for beating up unwanted calories.
Galvan's Martial Arts' instructors possess a broad range of specialties. They combine striking arts such as karate and kicboxing with grappling-focused combat forms such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and aikido. And while the philosophy behind each technique may differ, the instruction also includes how to blend the different styles into a broader method of combat for use in mixed martial arts or practical self-defense.