Boxing & Kickboxing in Columbia

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LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.

6476 Dobbin Center Way
Columbia,
MD
US

Helmed by Dr. Mazursky, Wilde Lake Family Dentistry enlists ClearCorrect braces to straighten top and bottom pearly whites with sets of gradually shifting alignment trays. An initial consultation determines whether the treatment is appropriate for each client before the doctor snaps Kodak x-rays of uneven-mouth terrain. Experienced technicians take impressions of misaligned teeth, using them to craft up to 10 customized alignment trays. At each appointment, patients receive two new alignment trays; each tray should be worn for about six weeks, allowing their strong plastic and Socratic reasoning to guide bite marks into perfect symmetry over a period of up to nine months. During chompers' steady odyssey, patients return every six weeks for checkups.

10451 Twin Rivers Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

For more than 25 years, instructors and owners Ron and Julie Elrod have shared the knowledge they gleaned as direct students of Soke Hatsumi, the 34th-generation Ninjutsu Grandmaster. Inside the Elrods' 11,000-square-foot facility, adults and children study the foundations of Japanese martial arts in a way that sharpens their minds, centers their spirits, and strengthens their bodies. Along with traditional martial arts, the Academy’s curriculum delves into cardio-kickboxing classes, where fast-paced punches and kicks burn calories without the hazard of using lighter fluid as a dipping sauce. The low student-to-teacher ratio of these classes allows instructors to observe closely as their pupils take on freestanding heavy bags. Both male and female students participate, and the school provides mitts and handheld pads so that students don't have to fashion equipment out of old copies of the Saturday Evening Post.

9200 State Route 108
Columbia,
MD
US

Free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio equipment galore help guests at American Fitness Express get into physical shape. Instructors lead classes ranging from yoga to kickboxing to Zumba, and they even offer one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions. Added bonuses at the gym include private showers, WiFi, and childcare during select classes.

3881 10 Oaks Rd
Glenelg,
MD
US

Lights Out Gym's passionate trainers show students of all fitness levels how to punch flab in the face during martial arts-inspired group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week. Bodily transformation begins in fight fitness classes, where participants incinerate calorie piles by punching fitness bags, dragging chains, and performing muay thai kickboxing aerobics without actual strikes. Students master the real thing during Muay Thai kickboxing classes, practicing throwing elbows, kicks, and knees in preparation for the rise of sentient, vengeful punching bags. With sledgehammer exercises, suspension training, and other nontraditional lifting techniques, caveman conditioning sessions sculpt tight bodies while buffing upper body and core strength.

9110 Red Branch Rd
Columbia,
MD
US

After training clients for 15 years in outdoor boot camps, Mac Cassity finally figured out how to control the weather. He yearned for an improvement over sessions that were dictated by capricious rain, stifling heat, and the never-ending nuclear winter rather than by their instructors. So he moved the whole operation inside, transferring his campers and his 60-minute routines inside, where padding and various exercise equipment provide engaging and effective workouts.

Mac's one-hour sessions rely on positive encouragement and teamwork to motivate students, who forge strong social bonds in their quest for fitter physiques. The classes sync partner work and exercises that leverage body weight and utilize fitness equipment to burn off fat and build muscle–all to the beat of invigorating songs.To keep the slimming, toning programs lively, Mac holds contests for weekly and monthly prizes to provide extra incentive for patrons to drop unwanted pounds. For a more tranquil athletic approach, the center also hosts yoga classes that help students strengthen their cores, boost their flexibility, and center their minds.

2700 Turf Valley Road
Ellicott City,
MD
US