In its constant attempt to stay fit, humanity has given in to such unfortunate workout trends as livestock lifting, Spazzercise, and mixed-martial charades. Embrace body and mind fitness that has withstood the test of time with today's Groupon: for $30, you get one month of unlimited yoga or children's martial-arts classes at Brandt Fitness & Self Defense, on Hemphill Street (a $100 value).
Inside Brandt Fitness's facility, skilled trainers and yogis offer neglected bodies upgrades to better shapes. Bend and stretch during basic Hatha or Vinyasa flow yoga to achieve nimble nirvana or practice knot mimicry for victorious rounds of sailor charades. Alternatively, introduce youngsters to the limb-limbering world of karate with kid-focused martial-arts classes that guide students through a sweat-inducing tapestry of kicks, punches, and grappling techniques. Although self-defense is an aspect of the classes, the main focus is self-discipline and confidence, which children will need to navigate upcoming years of academics, self-discovery, and offers to join supervillain guilds.
Brandt Fitness & Self Defense
Kyle Brandt and his team of fellow trainers—who include his wife Sarah—are, of course, fit. But they don't believe in exercising for exercise's sake. Instead, at Brandt Fitness & Self Defense, they offer what they call "functional fitness for life." This belief, which also serves as the company's motto, manifests in two ways. First, it means that by focusing on martial arts, Kyle and his team can coach students of all skill levels—first-time exercisers, four-year-old martial arts novices, professional athletes—to defend themselves from danger. The second function they ascribe to fitness? Community. They believe working out should be fun and social. Fridays' happy hour workouts encourage as much gum-flapping as they do deadifting. And like the martial arts classes, Brandt's CrossFit sessions welcome a diverse array of attendees. The gym even hosts holiday parties, which are very popular, although their papier mache piñata full of kettlebells never quite got off the ground.