The team of trainers and athletes at CrossFit ?VITAS work closely with groups of exercisers, running them through the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The constant rotation of fitness regimens ensures that muscles never get so good at one particular movement that they stop developing. The intense workouts blend cardio and plyometrics to build healthy hearts and layers of lean muscle.
When it opened in 1978, The Court Club held only racquetball, squash, and handball courts. But as the fitness scene evolved, so did its facilities. Today, the club promises more than just on-court competition. It also offers group fitness classes, cardio and weight-training equipment, personal training, and rock climbing.
Empire Martial Arts schools men and women ages 14 and older of all fitness and experience levels in the ways of krav maga, self-defense, and martial arts within a 6,500-square-foot studio. The real-world self-defense tactics of krav maga have been taken up by law enforcement, military, and vigilante anti-jaywalking groups across the globe as well as making ordinary civilians more sinewy, while fitness boot camp licks limbs into shape with varied high-energy routines. Mixed-martial-arts sessions stir up a potent cocktail from the kickboxing strikes and blocks of muay thai and the grappling techniques of Brazilian jujitsu. Each class has a different schedule with its own days, times, and recommended wine pairings.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists can burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the month-long trial membership, as are a set of reusable hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
If you're taking classes at US Budokai Karate Association, there's a chance your future children will go there, too. After all, it's happened before. Budokai has been one of Albany's most serious martial arts academies since 1987, and instructors say they've recognized countless surnames on their class rosters, only to find out they taught the pupils' parents, too.
If you do have a child you'd like to introduce to karate, you won't have to wait long. Classes in the Tiny Tigers program accept students as young as age four, teaching them not only balance and coordination, but also focus and teamwork. In fact, all of the classes at the studio focus as much on building character as on developing physical skills. That's not to say, though, that students don't use the classes to get in shape. The cardio kickboxing class, for instance, uses up-tempo dance music to keep students moving and make squares work out by shaking their fists in disapproval.