In one, fluid motion, an advanced student of Batto slashes his sword through the air. Gracefully, the live blade slices through a bundle of saturated straw—a dense target meant to simulate the resistance of a body or a stack of unpaid credit card bills. At Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai of Florida, Batto is one of two specialty programs that utilizes weapons in its training. But the facility doesn't rely solely on weapons to teach martial arts. While seasoned students may eventually choose to pick up a sword, Japan Karate-Do emphasizes mental focus and discipline above all. It’s a theme that carries through all of the facility's programs, starting with the Little Ninja program for kids aged 4–6. They offer junior karate, adult karate, and Okinawan weapon.
It's not only the widespread fitness classes?they range from Zumba to kickboxing to bootcamps to TOTAL BODY?that keep customers coming to EHW Fitness, but also its various amenities. Parents can exercise while EHW's child caretakers mind their young ones.
Power lifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and jumping rope. These are several tools CrossFit uses to facilitate fitness, but not all of them. At CrossFit Wellington, coaches employ the system's medley of exercises to create a comprehensive workout. That workout features constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. In short order, it builds total-body fitness—enhancing strength, stamina, and agility. Instructors change workouts daily, too, to keep boredom from sneaking in and ruining motivation. Motivation, actually, is another tool of CrossFit, and CrossFit Wellington's staff of trainers knows just how use it to keep everyone on track and inspired to achieve goals. And, since workouts can be adapted to anyone's abilities, CrossFit is ideal for all fitness levels and ages. An inclusive system by nature, trainers further its accessibility by offering beginner's classes and even kids' programs.
At Vibe Fitness Studio, instructors lead a broad range of fitness classes that use TRX suspension training, RealRyder cycling bikes, and Power Plate equipment to help clients melt away pounds. The studio's schedule includes a number of classes for beginners and advanced exercisers alike, ranging from energetic Zumba and Jazzercise to more tranquil yoga sessions.
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson is an International Kickboxing Federation world champion, a fifth-degree black belt in japanese shotokan karate, and a survivor of more than 70 bouts in the ring—yet, one of his most influential titles is "father." With two kids clinging around his waist like a squirmy fanny pack, Shannon started brainstorming a way to channel his boxing and kickboxing training into a quick, effective workout that even those who are busy or out of shape could tackle. The result was 9Round, a 30-minute routine of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance moves divided into a circuit of nine stations. The ever-changing series of workouts maximizes morale and results and minimizes boredom.
At gyms throughout the U.S.— including in Boynton Beach and Royal Palm Beach—trainers launch the workouts every three minutes, motivating exercisers through each station, which might involve jumping rope or pummeling speed bags. Online nutritional counseling supplements the workouts, teaching patrons how to construct and eat healthful meals instead of falling back on old habits, such as snacking on cheese sculptures.
Pounding the pavement feels more like walking on air when you're wearing Kangoo Jumps. The gym-sneaker alternatives sport pliable ovals beneath each shoe's sole, which ease impact on joints and makes wearers as buoyant as as a politician full of hot air. At Just Bounce Inc., every class attendee dons a pair before diving into a high-intensity, low-impact fitness class that can include arm work with hand weights.