Zachary Lewis and Hope Song are a malefactor’s worst nightmare. Both black belts in tae kwon do, they have been teaching others their kicking, blocking, and striking secrets for 18 and 10 years respectively. Today, they share their expertise with students at Arlington Martial Arts, focusing on the lessons of discipline, self-defense, and respect that the fighting style ingrains. For adults, they also offer Forge Fitness classes, which combine cardio kickboxing and boot camp with nutrition analyses to help clients achieve weight-loss and fitness goals.
At Absolute Boxing & Personal Training for Women, personal trainers with vast martial-arts experience, including UFC manager Francois Nguyen, help men, women, and children of all skill levels get into fine fighting form. The team combines the fundamentals of boxing and kickboxing into heart-thumping sessions capable of incinerating calories, toning muscles, and arming students with the self-defense techniques necessary to ward off bullies. Personal trainers expand upon fight-based conditioning with yoga instruction, massage therapy, and a promise to hold clients accountable for the goals they set, such as running 10 miles or high-fiving 10 strangers each day.
Signature service: Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, FIT Club for families
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Busho Kai
Pro Tip: Highly qualified professional black belt instructors create a fun and safe learning environment.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
At Yogali, a staff of caring, eminently trained, and certified teachers instruct students in a wide range of yoga techniques, boosting flexibility and healthy breathing practices. Students can practice stimulating floor poses in Yin Yoga classes, or build strength and stamina in higher-temperature Toasty Yoga sessions.