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Allen Branch's Fitness One's black-belt-brandishing trainers shepherd students of all skill levels through group fitness classes designed to tone musculature and calibrate cardiovascular chronometers. Patrons can take their pick from the slew of small, structured classes that include kickboxing—a pulse-pounding form of martial arts employing the bodily weapons of feet and fists—and authentic Krav Maga, a hand-to-hand combat regimen developed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Or grab hold of a spherical cast-iron weight during kettlebell class to give yourself a full-body workout or to master an impersonation of a vintage canon. Patrons can also strong-arm through almost 300 exercises in TRX suspension training, a form of exercise that uses a simple rope system to ply each sinew, tendon, and invisible elf residing in the body. Allen Branch's Fitness One also lassos together boxing, wrestling, yoga, mixed martial arts, and Latin-dance classes. Junior fitness fanatics can also enroll in classes such as youth karate to bolster their speed, agility, and strength.
Allen Branch's Fitness One
If the six styles of black belts around Allen Branch's waist don't announce him as a martial arts pioneer, his title-holding students and roster of MMA classes will. As founder of American Martial Arts Systems, Allen is committed to educating all comers on kickboxing, Krav Maga and other combative disciplines. He has honed his trademark jabs under Joe Lewis—an apprenticeship that puts him one degree of separation away from Bruce Lee, and two away from Mars, god of war.
Though he has set and continually raises the self-defense bar, Allen is also an advanced-level CPT and group fitness instructor who is certified in mat sciences, cross training, kickboxing and the use of kettle bells. There, group classes embrace NASM's Optimum Performance Training model, mixing several types of training into kettlebell, TRX suspension, and weight loss workouts. Programs differentiate their drills from those of the "big box gyms" by incorporating real-life movements and unpredictable routines. The gym is accessible to all ages, scheduling several youth courses on agility, karate, and snapping the man in half when you lose at "Operation".