FTF® Fitness and Self-Defense Reviews!
This gym is amazing and has so many classes great classes! I honestly think I get a better workout from a 60min krav class than when I use to run half marathons. I got to the point with running that I couldn't even stand to be on a treadmill for 20 mins. There are times where I do 3 classes in a row and spend 2 solid hours working out and the dynamic atmosphere at this gym makes the time fly by! The staff is amazing; the girls working the front desk know everybody by name and are very welcoming. Each class is unique and different so you'll never do the same workout twice. I've probably had 10 different instructors and everyone of them had a different style but they were all FANTASTIC. I couldn't say a single negative thing about any one of them. They all take pride in what they do and are even willing to stay late for extra help. I loved this place so much I drove about 34 miles round trip to workout. I'm unfortunately only in town for a few months for work and I'm going to miss this place a lot!
I have reviewed FTF Charlotte before, but I cannot say enough good things about this place. First, the people. I don't care if you're curious about the students, instructors, or the folks who run the place, they are all fantastic. The people behind the counter and keeping the place clean are super-friendly, helpful, and simply pleasant to talk to. You can chat with them on day one, and it's like you're talking to an old friend. The instructors are incredibly skilled, competent, invested, and personable. They CARE about your training!! This place is not a "belt factory". They ensure that you know what you're doing, because they understand that if you need to use your training, it is your life that is on the line... and their goal is to give you every tool, technique, and opportunity to leave a bad situation with yours. Then, there are the students. At FTF Charlotte, you are going to see and work with people from all walks of life, and they will be some of the nicest, hardest working, most motivated people you will meet. They are all there to work hard and learn... just like you. They will motivate you. They will entertain you. Most importantly, they will help you get better, just as you will help them.
Now, let's talk offerings... FTF Charlotte has one of the best lineups for fitness AND self-defense that I have ever seen. Full disclosure, I don't claim to be an expert in any self-defense system (yet), but I have trained in boxing, jujitsu, and American style karate in the past. With that said, I think FTF Charlotte has chosen the most practical forms of martial arts to teach for REAL WORLD situations. Krav Maga, Brazilian jujitsu, and Judo are highly effective systems for saving your own butt!! Couple these with the various fitness classes offered to help augment your technical training with more practice and fitness, and you can "go the distance" and outlast your opponent... assuming the attacker can hold up to the level hurt you bring them for making the mistake of attacking you! :-)
In a nutshell, there aren't enough positive words in the English language to properly express how great this place is. In my opinion, if you give them a try, you can't help but love the place, people, and training. Out of five stars, I give FTF Charlotte TWELVE!!
Since joining FTF I've lost 30lbs and I am feeling strong and confident. I enjoy every drop of sweat I earn in this place. It has a great all around atmosphere and even better staff and instructors. I recommend everyone to come on in and try a class. You'll love it and never regret wanting to join. It will lead you in the authentic path to enlightenment as you strive for greatness on your fitness journey.
What a great team of passionate people motivating and giving people the skills to lead a safer life!
We need more places like this.
I've been a member for a few weeks now and I have been going nearly everyday! The staff, instructors and other members are all very friendly and genuinely interested in helping you reach your goal of fitness/self-defense. You have great instructors in each class very knowledgeable and experienced in what they do. The workout and training sessions themselves are challenging so if you're looking for a great workout with the added benefit of learning self-defense this is definitely the place!