Cary Yoga and Kickboxing challenges both body and mind. During high-intensity kickboxing sessions, groups of students jab, hook, and roundhouse kick their way to a healthier existence. A combination of martial arts, boxing, and other fighting forms, kickboxing classes aim to build strength and increase self-awareness, as well. Meanwhile, the facility divides its yoga offerings into two different programs: power Vinyasa and sweat and detox. The latter program revolves around poses that improve the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems, helping to expel toxins.
Grandmaster Kang Seok Lee grew up in a small village in South Korea. He began his tae kwon do training at age 7, and shortly thereafter, got started with hapkido?a discipline designed to subdue adversaries by applying firm, focused pressure to specific joints. Kang was immediately drawn to the discipline, and eventually went on to win a world championship in hapkido in the 1970s, the same decade he and his family immigrated to the United States. The Tae Kwon Do Times featured him on their cover in 1996 and named him to their Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame in 2006.
In 1986, Kang opened his first school, and in the years since has managed to build a team of instructors chosen not only for their skills, but also for their good character and caring attitudes. Together, Kang and his team continue the traditions formed over the course of tae kwon do?s 2,000-year history, inviting students to participate regardless of their age, size, or sympathetic feelings toward wooden blocks. The grandmaster and his associates lead a variety of programs that emphasize self-defense skills and personal development, including introductory and belt-level-specific classes.
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.
Staffed by a dozen licensed and certified trainers, physical therapists, and dietitians, Excel Body Fitness presents clients with the tools and knowledge needed for every facet of physical fitness. Members can reserve spots in any of Excel’s traditional fitness classes—such as cycling, TRX, and Zumba—or sign up for the X-Series program. Pioneered by Excel, the program features a foundation of four innovative workouts: X-Energy (a combination of boot camp, CrossFit, and gladiator training), X-Commando (concentrated strength training), X-Plosive (martial-arts-based regimens), and X-Fusion (core strength and balance).
Inside the impressive facility of White Tiger Taekwondo, instructors lead students of all ages and experience levels through the exercises and practices of the martial arts. Designed for kids as young as two, classes cover disciplines from contact-intensive MMA-style Hapkido to self-defense specifically for women. Besides four matted training areas, the facility includes a full gym with a weight room, a cardio center, a suspended running track, rock climbing wall, wet and dry saunas, and tanning.
Aradia Fitness's dance studio is outfitted with 12 golden poles on which students build pole-dance repertoires in classes that span seven levels. The pole classes, including a new coed pole-fitness class, focus more on building strength and imparting technique than sultry performance. Other fitness classes at the coed studio tone physiques and build endurance with other dance styles, from Zumba cardio-dance parties to chair-dance lessons, for when you're too tired to stand up.