Youth, amateur, and professional boxing. MMA fighting and jujitsu. Fitness bootcamps centered on throwing a good punch, and classes that help you find your fighting stance. Fight Club University's team of professional boxers, MMA fighters, and personal trainers teach all these skills and more, as well as helping develop self-confidence, strength, and common sense in young people through the S.T.R.O.N.G. program. Newly toned and slim patrons strut out of the gym past a forest of equipment that includes heavy bags, medicine balls, and jump ropes. Instructors suggest that the courses can help bolster overall health, a sense of timing, and hand-eye coordination.
ATA Martial Arts hones well-disciplined fighting machines with classes designed to whip bodies into shape while imparting principles of confidence and self-defense. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, commando krav maga boils self-defense down to practical essentials, stripping away abstruse martial-arts theories by teaching students how to defend themselves in real-life situations such as street fights, bar brawls, and tightly choreographed gang dance-offs. Commando krav maga classes are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and first-time students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.
The Harbison Community Association provides a venue for community members to work out and form bonds with their neighbors. The center maintains an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a baby pool. Members can build strength in the weight room and challenge their friends to a game on the racquetball court.
Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are locally owned and operated as well as being veteran-owned and -operated. We put customer service first.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We have an educated and motivated staff committed to helping clients reach their fitness goals and set new ones.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want to be a customer service-driven business that is committed to helping our members achieve their goals.
The 2,000-square-foot space at Z Factor Dance & Fitness Studio harbors rhythmic movements during classes and occasional events. Instructors walk students through the dance steps of ballet, hip-hop, or jazz traditions until their feet are as finely tuned as Elvis's vocal cords. Zumba, kickboxing, and yoga sessions blast physiques with full-body workouts, including Zumbatomic for kids and Zumba Gold for adults over the age of 55. The studio's sound system floods the dance floor with requisite tunes and the mirrors provide dancers with rough sketches of potential doppelgängers.