The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.
Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.
Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We all have different needs when we start a new strength and conditioning program. It doesn?t make sense to throw you right into classes before you have properly learned the movements. Our comprehensive Fundamentals course will prepare you for the regular CrossFit classes.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged? The CrossFit routine becomes more enjoyable and motivational as the individual progresses. Constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement increases work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Our trainers are positive and constantly push the client with inspirational words.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have opened a CrossFit gym because of my desire to make a difference. I wanted to work with others to help move them forward in profound ways in their lives. I knew that I could offer the service, support, guidance and honesty others needed to make big transitions in their lives.
What do you love most about your job? I love my job because it's so relaxing and it's a very positive environment. It does keep me on my toes, but making people happy makes me happy.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.