Killing two birds with one stone, Jake Burke and his team at Burke's Martial Arts show students how to get in shape and defend themselves. Their adult classes include kickboxing, muay thai, and krav maga, a self-defense technique used by both the Israeli Defense Forces and the Keebler Elves. For youngsters, they schedule martial-arts classes that can improve focus, boost confidence, and prevent bullying.
The trainers at Body Armour Fitness don't rely on gym equipment. Instead, they use more unorthodox training techniques?and the help of ropes, tractor tires, and kettlebells?to help get their clients into shape. Whether the goal is to lose weight, boost flexibility, or become the strongest person in your solitary cubicle, there's something for everybody here, as long as they're ready for a fitness challenge. Martial arts, heavy bags, and circuit training classes are also possibilities.
Cardio combat focuses on torching calories and shedding fat with its fast-paced regime of kickboxing and combat moves. Poundfit classes combine interval trainging and low-impact cardio exercises with weighted neon-green drumsticks to burn calories. Women-only self-defense classes equip ladies with techniques to stop an assailant during an attack or masterfully exit an uncomfortable conversation with an in-law. ZENergy also provides less intense options for new clients.
When conjuring up the image of a serious boxer, it's natural for most people to picture a brawny man who is dripping with sweat, missing his teeth, and wearing a prosthetic bee stinger. Striking Beauties' founder, Dena Paolino—pretty, petite, and powerful female boxer—wanted to change that. Knowing that many females felt out of place in the male-dominated sport, Dena spearheaded her all-female boxing gym in 2009 to introduce fellow women to the exhilarating and physically demanding sport of boxing in a uninhibited, comfortable environment.
At the 24-hour studio, electric-pink walls beam down on cardio equipment, free weights, and punching bags. Here, Dena and her staff of certified instructors lead the studio's signature boxing workouts, which have been praised by an abundance of media publications. In each session, coaches lead energetic rounds of intense exercises and boxing movements designed to tone muscles, strengthen cores, and slim physiques, as well as boost self-confidence and determination. The staff also strives to build a sense of community amongst members, cultivating a space where women can encourage each other and network.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.