Though they're populated by a variety of students from every walk of life, trainer Gemmalyn Crosby likens her kickboxing-infused fitness classes more to personal-training sessions than group exercise. She challenges athletes to bouts of high-intensity interval training through boxing and kickboxing drills, plyometrics, calisthenics, core exercises, and resistance training, aiming to help them burn calories and boost strength. Gemmalyn ensures that no two workouts are the same, so students can keep their minds focused and their muscles guessing as they tone their bodies with the Punch's slew of professional fitness equipment. To soothe muscles after intense workouts, visitors can opt for a deep-tissue, neuromuscular, or sports massage in Punch Performance Center's in-house massage studio.
At Pinellas Krav Maga, students harness the defensive techniques used by the Israeli military to tone physiques, build mental awareness, and learn self-defense strategies. Trainers draw from real-life experiences to mold their students into seasoned defenders able to protect themselves in a variety of real-life situations.
Each class targets specific areas of self-defense and intense conditioning, including anti-carjacking courses, women's self-defense, and strength-building kickboxing workouts. Under the watchful guidance of experts, pupils kick and condition their bodies into lean, muscular machines capable of taking down an armed assailant with precise, instinctual moves or a single well-timed sneeze.
Core Fitness Studio maintains an intimate atmosphere in their small-group fitness classes in order to emphasize personal attention and individualized instruction. Slasses such as TRX suspension and Rip Training, as well as ballet-barre and cardio-dance workouts, help members slim down and shape up in a motivated setting. Minds and bodies receive dual attention during Yin , power , and Forrest yoga classes. And thanks to their location, they also offer beach yoga, where crashing waves and clean air act as conduits to help dispel stress, tension, and hermit-crab phobias. Members also have access to nutritional coaching and healthy take-home meals prepared by Core Fitness Studio's own chef.
Chris Sutton’s vast knowledge of self-defense and fitness stems from his extensive martial arts training, as well as a law enforcement career that pitted him against ruthless criminals. At two locations, Chris and his fellow instructors teach students how to combat both attackers and stale fitness routines, including with C.O.B.R.A., a 10-week reality self-defense course designed by Chris. They also offer classes in kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and after-school karate for kids.
Equipment: TRX suspension bands, RIP trainers, and Vertimax boot camps
Students should bring: A hard-working attitude and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Boot camps for guests of all levels. Each class features a 15-minute program explanation and 45 minutes of work.