Instead of modifying one’s natural reaction to danger, YMA Krav Maga & K.O. Bag Fitness builds upon inborn instincts. Its namesake method of self-defense, krav maga, hails from Israel but has sharpened the arsenal of the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, and NYPD. The noncompetitive technique can be boiled down to a central mantra: use the nearest tool for the job to finish the fight as quickly as possible. This means striking attackers in vulnerable areas with whichever limb will land a blow quickly and efficiently—whether that is a fist punching the neck, an elbow or knee to the groin, or a toe tickling an armpit. Students master these tenants of krav maga in group classes, which also teach how to fend off takedowns and weapons by acting out real-life situations. Fitness and the ability to smell danger inherently result from krav maga training, and K.O. Bag workout classes can put some extra oomph into exercise with challenging cardio and strength routines that include boxing and martial-arts kicks.
Co-owner Craig Kastning and his crew of devoted personal trainers push clients toward the finish lines of personal fitness goals through fat-burning and muscle-toning exercises. Fueled by motivational words from exercise gurus and promises of a M*A*S*H-reunion episode, customers reduce corporeal circumferences by relying on a nutrition cheat sheet and custom workout routines. In addition to burning calories and building up formerly dilapidated muscle groups, the trainers at Chi Town Boot Camps boost trainee endurance through jogging and other exercises that set heart rates racing.
The Wellness Center brandishes a glass-enclosed pool, a well-stocked cardio center, and a slew of interactive, sneakers-on classes. Fit gatherings take place seven days a week, with more than 100 complimentary selections, including Zumba, flexibility, boot camp, and classes oriented around underwater sandcastle smashing. Specialty classes accommodate serious sports enthusiasts, seniors, and exercise aficionados with physical limitations, and aqua-fitness sessions take full advantage of the 25-yard glass-enclosed pool. A free goal evaluation—available to all members—guides muscle-mongers toward healthy targets.
Having worked with professional MMA and UFC competitors, the instructors at Ludus MMA Fitness train students as if they were fighters. Inside the coliseum-shaped facility, intense, hour-long workouts blend elements of boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and yoga, and present a challenging alternative to standard routines. Sessions unfold atop Olympic-quality training mats, with heavy bags, speed bags, and weights enveloping groups in a fitness-driven framework.
A soft purple, oversized lotus flower painted on a blue-hued wall, as if floating in the water, begs for attention as soon as clients walk into Viva-ki yoga?s studio. That same flower is also the logo for the new studio, which offers a variety of yoga classes including yoga 101, CrossFit yoga, vinyasa, and hatha. Instructors also run specialty classes for kids, golfers, and expectant mothers.
Rush Performance: Personal Training Studio's certified trainers take positive attitudes and community support so seriously that if you complain during your trial of the Team Rush training program and bring any negativity, you won't be able to join Team Rush. And that would mean not torching hundreds of calories and toning up during strength, cardio, and sports conditioning sessions and high-intensity interval circuits.
Even the personal training requires supporting your fellow exercisers as it usually involves small groups of two to four working out together and forming a human pyramid to place any junk food out of reach. The trainers often use the FitRanX fitness-testing system to determine how fit a person is before they start Rush's programs and to monitor their progress throughout.