"You fight like a girl!" would be considered a compliment at Paulsen's Family Martial Arts. In fact, being able to fight like a girl is the main goal of aptly named Fight Like a Girl self-defense classes, taught by the certified instructor, Diane Paulsen. But self-defense classes represent just a small portion of the sparring techniques taught at Paulsen's?go jiu bujitsu, a hybrid martial art, is at its core. A blend of karate, judo, and jujitsu, the MMA method teaches every aspect of combat, from strikes and kicks to traps and locks.
Even though running around after children is more than enough to keep most mothers fit, sometimes they need an exercise that targets both body and mind. Stroller Strides of Southern Col Springs coordinates classes for moms of all ages to get in a burst of physical activity in a social setting. Stroller Strides classes encourage moms to blend baby outings with power walking. At regular intervals, the group stops for a series of strength and body toning exercises using the stroller and exercise tubing.
Matt and Hannah, the owners of CrossFit Pick It Up, are passionate about helping their clients get into shape. At this no-nonsense gym, personal-training sessions and customized small group classes are offered, allowing each participant to build lean muscle and shed fat in a supportive and motivational environment. Each class led by a certified trainer is a mixture of cardio and resistance training, and everyone trains according to their personal, specifically designed fitness program.
Equipment: TRX kettle bells dumbells weights bands plyo boxes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in with a positive attitude and it'll carry on through the workout. Everyone starts somewhere.
The Gym at Soco knows restoration is just as essential to clients' physical wellness as cardio and weight training. That's why they offer a wide variety of yoga classes including heated power yoga, hot yoga and hot power fusion, a beginners' class, as well as classes geared toward athletic recovery. With these sessions offered seven days a week, athletes can complement their CrossFit, spinning, and other fitness classes with power, Vinyasa, heated, and athletic techniques.
At Apocalypse Karate, Sensei Mark Jester doesn't just focus on Japan's shito ryu karate––a versatile style that encompasses both fast movements and power stances––he also blends in other martial arts. Such arts include judo's throws and joint locks, and jujitsu's grappling and submissions. Through classes for ages three through adult, Jester and his team instill a strong sense of discipline in their students, while also building strength and confidence.