At American Fighter MMA Academy, instructors integrate modern fighting philosophies while abiding by the ancient bushido code of the samurai. Training students aged 4 and up, instructors specialize in the teaching of ryukyu kempo pressure-point self-defense and Brazilian jiu-jitsu submission. Classes help mold and hone balance, hand-eye coordination, focus, and self-control in students and teach trainees to count to 10 in Japanese and dream in Bruce Lee fight montages. Cardio-heavy Les Mills BODYCOMBAT classes aim to get hearts racing all while toning muscle and improving self-confidence.
You won't find complicated membership requirements, fad workouts with no pay-off, or unfriendly equipment at Fitness 19. Instead, you'll find a gym that, for more than a decade, has met its goal: to be an affordable, family-friendly workout center. Here, members have access to a wealth of free weights and Life Fitness cardio equipment in the form of treadmills, stairclimbers, and ellipticals. They can also take advantage of personal-training sessions that pair them with professionals who help them reach their goals, whether that be weight loss or becoming the body double of Michelangelo's David.
Revive Fitness, LLC co-owners Robert Jones III and Amie Adcock know a thing or two about fitness. Jones has been featured on Comcast's Fitness On Demand TV-based workouts, and Adcock is a National Figure Competitor and fitness model who previously struggled with her own weight, and can readily relate to her clients' desire to get healthy. Together with their team of personal trainers, Jones and Adcock eschew the typical machine-based routines popular in some gyms in favor of dynamic workouts that rely on functional equipment and exercises. The staff leads fat-burning group classes that utilize cycles, kickboxing moves, and exercisers' own body weight, building coordination and endurance more effectively than a dance-off between rival dodge-ball teams. The fully packed schedule accommodates any age or ability level, ranging from intense, suspension-strap-based TRX workouts to an all-level yoga class where breathing techniques and postures are used to enhance relaxation and flexibility.
A postclass massage soothes aching muscles and fulfills each student's recommended daily allowance of heated stones. To promote clean eating, the center also offers nutrition counseling and a juice bar that blends up tasty protein shakes made with fresh fruit and fortifying add-ins such as vitamin C or chutzpah.
The expert fitness instructors at Sweat Fitness's Philadelphia-area locations help students of all ages and fitness levels track down svelter silhouettes with Precor training equipment and fat-roasting classes—including yoga, Pilates, spinning, Zumba, and kickboxing. Committed to fostering a supportive community for all fit seekers, the trainers devote individual attention to each patron to help them meet their fitness goals. Clients first undergo a body-fat analysis to assess their preworkout fitness level and to help them gauge their progress throughout their journey. During group sweat sessions, patrons can tone their bodies in classes such as Group Power and Power Pump, which blast subdermal meat suits via squats, lunges, and curls. A full aquatics center welcomes guests to dive into relatively narwhal-free waters for swimming lessons, triathlon training, and pool parties.
In spacious exercise zones and studios with floor-to-ceiling windows, Weston Fitness augments its trove of cardio, strength, and resistance machines with atypical fitness classes. Instructors keep muscles guessing with circuit training in H30 Turbo, teach cardio and strength choreography during trampoline-based Urban Rebounder classes, or meld martial arts with sinuous dance movements at capoeira class. The gym's innovative approach to health extends to its original M.A.P.P. (metabolic analysis program planning) method, which outlines several pathways for clients to achieve their toning goals under a personal trainer's supervision. After workout sessions, guests retrieve their possessions from the oversized locker rooms, depart the gym's office-building locale, and return to work or grab a meal amid the bustling atmosphere of Market Street.
Urban Defense Center founder Master Lawrence Whitaker developed his studio’s signature self-defense program to arm students with practical-minded moves that prepare them for dangerous street situations. Students learn to spar, take down an opponent, defend against weapons, and escape from the shadow of a suspicious-looking skyscraper. Students also train their gray matter, pre-empting potential legal repercussions for defending themselves by studying concepts such as reasonable grounds and probable cause. Alternatively, Tai-Fit sessions shuttle through a series of punches, knees, blocks, and kicks with the goal not of emulating a fight but of torching calories instead. Fighters can pursue either track with a personal trainer who pays closer attention to form and technique than a beauty contestant does during the Simon Says portion of the pageant.