Jan Wellendorf’s passion for karate began in 1963, when he first studied techniques from Japan, China, and Korea. Now a 10th-degree black belt, Jan has molded these experiences into his own style of karate—sanshinkai. At Karate International, more than 70 black belts teach Jan’s methods at five locations, where they help students use Eastern-inspired skills to control themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Geared toward pupils of all ages, Karate International’s programs also emphasize cross-training, which can incorporate everything from judo’s throwing techniques to the pizza-eating regimen of ninja turtles.
Although the art of taekwondo may have origins thousands of years into Korea's past, Master Michael Wegmann and his wife Julia inject a modern approach at Vision Martial Arts. Together, they teach effective techniques to kids, women, and men, imparting equally valuable lessons in self-defense, exercise, and mental discipline. They run their six academies with help from a team of trained instructors, who all focus on developing mentor-like relationships with their students through personal attention and powerful speeches delivered atop school desks. At select locations, they also teach a form of kickboxing similar to krav maga.
CrossFit Embark is a fitness playground complete with hanging ropes and gymnastics rings, rowing machines, and all sizes of barbells. The gym’s coaches work with each member to ensure they use the proper form when performing Olympic weight-lifting sets, swinging kettlebells, and tying perfect shoelace knots. Clients can work up a sweat during one-on-one sessions and group classes, or bend and twist their way into core-strengthening poses during yoga classes.
For the trainers at Sculpted by Esco Training Studio, an attractively sculpted physique is not enough. They also value general and mental health, promoting a holistic approach to well-being and fitness during private and group training classes, as well as during sports-performance training. Training includes circuit resistance, cardio, and core work to workout all muscle groups, and diet and nutrition plans keep brains and bodies happy and healthy.
At A-1 Sports and Wellness Center, a team of sports specialists and personal trainers help clients of all ages perfect their game and build their bodies into lean, muscular machines. Golf expert Kenrick Smith helps players fine-tune swings and strategy with video analysis and driving range practice. The facility also hosts archery ranges, kids' track programs, and batting cages that help train aspiring athletes in a wide range of skills.
At Life Time Fitness, the concept of fitness encompasses every aspect of physical health. The team of certified personal trainers and instructors can assess the mechanics of a basketball player’s jump shot, lead yoga and cardio dance classes, or recommend local triathlons to athletes of all ages. They can also shift the focus to nutrition, crafting custom plans for lowering cholesterol or catalyzing weight loss.