Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee founded World TaeKwonDo Academy in 1969 after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. Today, his legacy continues to shine at the academy, now run by his son. At their 12 locations, instructors teach traditional and sport taekwondo, unlocking the secrets of the discipline’s signature kicks and strikes. Teen and adult classes incorporate self-defense, tension exercises, and cardiovascular workouts, and little dragons lessons teach focus and coordination to students aged three to five. After-school taekwondo combines daycare with martial arts; after grabbing a ride to the academy, students pair homework sessions with confidence-building taekwondo lessons. In addition to the academy’s namesake martial art, students of all ages can also expand their combat knowledge with jiujitsu, cardio kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or kumdo sword training, or enroll in a yoga class to balance body and mind.
At InFit, more than 40 experienced fitness instructors lead energetic group classes and provide personal training in private workout sessions. 90 group classes include Tabata workouts, high-intensity interval training, spin, Pilates, and YogaFlow classes, which use a fluid sequence of poses to improve clients’ flexibility and help negotiate laser alarm beams during the big diamond heist. The gym encourages exercise at any time of day with four class studios, 24-hour access, and fitness-focused childcare and camps.
After suffering from burn wounds at a young age, Kristin Cromie found her way back to health and peace by practicing yoga. She went on to earn CorePower Yoga certification and open her own studio, Yoga Spice. There, she guides classes that cater to different levels of experience. The relaxing, candlelit Flicker class, for example, focuses on gentle stretches, and the Spicy 90 class revolves around invigorating poses that help students work up a sweat.
The dynamic classes at Bella Barre Fitness combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and dance with body-toning poses performed on a ballet barre. During workouts, instructors guide exercisers through isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat more efficiently than wearing a George Foreman grill. Instructors correct and refine students' postures throughout the class to help them master the barre fitness routine. Students of all ability levels are welcome, and no dance background is needed to participate.
The Pilates Advantage's obsidian-sculpted staff tends to individual physical needs with routines designed to boost strength, flexibility, and endurance. Using props, such as foam rollers and stability balls, as well as gentle guidance from a team of fitness gurus, a schedule of classes tops out at six students per instructor for individualized attention, support, and a forum for demonstrating shirt-ripping muscle flexes. Those looking for a solid core workout can build a mighty midsection and shape lean muscles with Pilates mat classes, and fitness fanatics in the gyrokinesis sessions can focus on spiraling exercises that increase bodily circulation and promote proper spine and joint alignment. Meanwhile barre buffs can join either floor-barre or stretch-and-barre classes to tone their arms, hips, thighs, and back while relieving physical ailments of arthritis and alien-hand syndrome with ballet-inspired stretch moves.
Though most stationary bikes are just that—locked into place, as if bolted to the trail—Pedal Wild employs a fleet of RealRyder bicycles, which facilitate leaning and turning motions that work both core and leg muscles. Inspired by the more realistic workout, students keep each other motivated to keep pedaling during cycling classes led by the gym's experienced instructors. Workouts range from 45-minute express classes to intense 90-minute combinations of cycling and TRX.
While the skills of most athletes tend to wither with age, Bob Miller only seems to be getting better. After setting power lifting records as a teenager, Bob has used a mastery of training techniques to break state records for squat, bench, press, and deadlift as recently as 2013. At Miller Essential Fitness, Bob tailors his approach to the demands of each client, working with students age 14 to 82. Bob peppers free weight and interval workouts with the most compelling ideas on diet, new exercise, and cardio programs. Bob and his team of trainers also offer bridal fitness programs, helping prepare ladies to fit into their dream dress and deadlift the residual 300 pounds of uneaten yellow cake.