It was early one Christmas morning when Mr. and Mrs. Powell presented their son Robert with his present— tae kwon do lessons. Robert took to the sport instantly, studying, practicing, and mastering its powerful kicks and swift punches throughout grade school and all the way up through college. Along the way, he put his skills to use competing in local and international tournaments.
Today, Robert draws upon his impressive history with tae kwon do and heads his own martial-arts studio, where he teaches adults and kids techniques and form. He intersperses tae kwon do lessons with movements from a variety of different martial-arts styles, including jujitsu, haganah, and pekiti tirsia. In addition to combat and self-defense instruction, Robert and his instructors strive to promote life skills such as perseverance, self-control, and integrity, while at the same time discouraging undesirable habits such as bullying or making fun of babies because they can’t fill out their own tax forms.
The instructors at P31 Fitness aim to echo the sentiment of Proverbs 31, which speaks to the empowerment of women through hard work. To that end, they seemingly never run out of ways to make their students sweat. To combat the monotony of repetitive workouts, they rotate their boot-camp-style workouts, preventing boredom while staving off unproductive muscle memory. In addition to changing exercises, the team also arms ladies in their fight for personal wellness with daily health and nutrition tips, as well as cooldown time devoted to reflection on one's own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.
Equipment: Kicking targets, shields, heavy bags, free weights, cardio, and circuit equipment
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, and comfortable workout attire. Shoes are optional.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Participants need to be ready for a fun-high energy workout environment.
At Geared 4 Speed, seasoned trainer Jerry Bullitt and his staff specialize in performance training for serious athletes, as well as adults of all fitness levels in boot camps. That much is apparent from their intense NFL Combine-style training sessions, which are designed to prepare football players for the grueling workouts of the real NFL Combine. You don't have to be an aspiring pro athlete to work out at Geared 4 Speed, though. The facility also schedules personal training, youth training, and boot camps for exercisers of all ability.
At Krav Maga Plano, tough-minded instructors impart street-ready self-defense techniques to help students of all ages cultivate strength and self-confidence. The studio specializes in krav maga, a self-defense system perfected by the Israeli army and adopted by more than 250 American law-enforcement agencies. During indoor and outdoor classes, participants learn to survive in hostile conditions, whether foiling attackers in an alley or deflecting tomatoes during a standup-comedy bit. Built from simple moves and natural instincts, the technique builds speed, agility, and aerobic endurance during striking practice, ground-defense drills, and heavy-bag workouts. In addition to leading krav maga sessions, the faculty teaches martial arts such as tae kwon do, Brazilian jujitsu, and traditional classes such as fitness-focused boot camps and extreme baton twirling.
Black Megaformer machines line the sunny studio as trained instructors guide students through core-strengthening Pilates classes. Drawing inspiration from the strength and flexibility of bamboo, the instructors format the classes to push all muscle groups to capacity. They strive to achieve muscle failure, a process that stimulates a great number of muscle fibers and steps up the body’s metabolism. In addition, the instructors teach students to perform slow and controlled movements at a consistent level of tension in order to build the most muscle possible. They place emphasis on the rest needed to reap maximum benefit from the session, encouraging new students to stick with two or three classes a week in order to avoid overloading and metamorphosing into a muscle-bound butterfly.