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While some might think of mixed martial arts (MMA) training as something reserved for only those who aspire to be professional fighters, it actually has a lot to offer regular folks.

A typical session at an MMA gym works every muscle in the body, and the cardiovascular benefits (healthier heart, fat loss) can be amazing. While members of the mixed martial arts community might be sometimes portrayed as meatheads by the media, you're more likely to run into some rather laid back, interesting people when you walk into any of the local MMA gyms in Houston, Texas.

If you're thinking about attending mixed martial classes, here are the top three gyms in the Houston area:

1. Elite MMA

One of the largest martial arts academies in Houston, Elite MMA currently has four training facilities spread around the area. Classes offered here include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, fight fit, weight training, cardio kickboxing, self-defense, and, of course, mixed martial arts. Classes start as early as 6 a.m. and the doors stay open until 9 p.m. on weekdays.

Prices vary on an individual basis, but you should expect to spend something in the $100-150 range.

2. Team Tooke

Headed by Travis Tooke, this is an excellent choice for those who favor the grappling arts. It's the home of UFC veteran Andrew Craig, and you'll typically find a bunch of advanced grapplers there on any given day. Classes include mixed martial arts, cardio kickboxing, judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and judo.

There are currently three locations in Houston, morning and afternoon classes are available, and newbies get their first month of training free. You can expect to pay something around $100-150 per month if you decide to make this your base.

3. UH Combat Club

If you have trained in the past, are trying to save a few bucks, and don't mind having little to no instruction, the UH Combat Club might be the best place for you in the Houston area. Classes are held in evening, but you can head there earlier since MMA enthusiasts tend to congregate there on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will need access to the UH Wellness Center though. UH Students get in for free, while alumni and others can get a guest pass for around $10 per day.

It's a good way to get some sparring and drilling done without shelling out over a hundred bucks every month.

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David King
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passionately follows mixed martial arts and boxing. He's currently a Yahoo Sports MMA contributor.

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