$25 for Month of Kickboxing Classes with Personal-Training Session and Hand Wraps at Absolute Martial Arts ($136 Value)

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Professional instructors help students gain strength & burn calories while learning 1,000-year-old art of muay thai kickboxing

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Expires Aug 1st, 2012. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate by 8/1/12, membership expires 1 month from activation date. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. First-time students only. Valid for ages 16 and older. Classes are non-transferable. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The art of kickboxing can get the body into peak physical condition, unlike the art of boxkicking, which can get the body thrown out of the post office. Employ your hands and feet effectively with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a kickboxing package at Absolute Martial Arts (a $136 value). The package includes the following:

  • One month of unlimited kickboxing classes (a $99 value)
  • One personal-training session (a $30 value)
  • One pair of hand wraps (a $7 value)

The professional instructors at Absolute Martial Arts help students gain strength and burn calories during one-hour group muay thai kickboxing classes. Before beginning regular classes, new students meet with an instructor for a private 40-minute personal-training session, in which pupils explain their goals and expectations and the instructor assesses skill level. Group classes employ a structured approach, slowly introducing exercisers to the fundamentals of muay thai, an 1,000-year-old sport similar to kickboxing and not similar to napping.

Beginning-level courses proceed at the student’s own comfort level and give novices grounding in movement, pad work, flexibility, and striking. Each class includes high-intensity movements, strikes, and blocks that boost energy and shred more than 800 calories per hour. Participants may choose to test their skill against one another, but all sparring sessions are optional and function mainly to settle debates over the most culturally significant Jean-Claude Van Damme film. Classes take place in a spacious 3,600-square-foot facility with a large mat area, which the staff cleans daily with hospital-grade disinfectant.

Absolute Martial Arts

The sounds of flailing feet and fists correctly striking padded opponents pervade Absolute Martial Arts’ 3,600-square-foot facility, where students learn how to lose weight, tone up, and defend themselves simultaneously. Atop a large mat that the staff disinfects daily, professional instructors lead structured muay-thai kickboxing classes that slowly introduce exercisers to the fundamentals of the 1,000-year-old sport, which is similar to kickboxing and dissimilar to napping. Many of the trainers, including Thai-native Master Toddy, boast years of extensive training and practice, pushing students beyond their perceived limits but always keeping their safety in mind. It also offers Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed-martial-arts classes to allow students a chance to explore new forms or augment their muay-thai practice.

For those who take care of their overall well-being with exercise, yoga, and balanced nutrition