Summer’s over and shorts are being exchanged for sweaters, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a head start on getting in shape for next year (or perhaps for a mid-winter vacation). Why not beat the post-holiday rush by starting a new workout program before the New Year?
These days, there are many different options besides the traditional gym. Like candles, gong music, and stretchy pants? You’re probably going to enjoy yoga or pilates. Do you prefer intense, short workouts that make you feel like you’re going to die? CrossFit might be for you. There are dance classes of all types, kettlebell training facilities, even gyms that specialize in spinning. Multitasker? If you want a workout that not only gives you a great body, but that also gives you some valuable life skills in terms of self-defense and confidence, joining a martial arts gym might be the right move for you.
Recently, a friend of mine joined X3 Sports in Inman Park, located in the N. Highland Steel complex of shops and luxury Atlanta apartments. X3 has a traditional gym with weights, machines, and yoga classes on the premises, but the tradition stops there. X3 is known throughout the Southeast for its fantastic martial arts classes for fitness and more intense training. If you just want to get in shape with a bit of an edge, the kickboxing and fitness boxing classes are affordable and effective. But if you’d like to be the next MMA champ (or just look and train like one), their Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, and boxing programs have produced some impressive athletes. Classes at X3 can help you reach whatever goals you might have: general health, self-defense, or getting in on the fastest growing sport in the nation.
My friend has started boxing classes at X3 and reports that unlike many gyms focused toward martial arts, they are low on the intimidation factor while still providing a top-quality service. He has reported leaning out and feeling tougher in just a few short weeks, confident to take on anything. I’m tempted to go and and sign up for the Muay Thai classes just to be able to let off a little steam at the end of the day. It looks like a blast.
X3 is super active on Facebook, so check them out there and then head down for a free session in person. Let us know how it goes…we’re pretty excited about trying it out soon!