Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
One of the oldest paths to discipline and self-development, Martial Arts have been practiced for thousands of years, not just to be able to defend oneself, but to nurture the best aspects of one's innermost nature. At Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Guru Jeff Brown and his team of instructors relay this importance to each of their pupils, whether it's intense muay-thai kickboxing or introductory classes designed specifically for kids. With classes designed for all levels, the schedule aims to accommodate students of all ages and experience levels.
Since 1976, the instructors of TAMA Martial Arts Center have taught eight distinct disciplines—kung fu, muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jujitsu, to name a few. Some students work to master one discipline and others cross-train, learning a range of self-defense techniques. The classes are geared to specific age groups; kids aged 7–12 build self-esteem and motor skills in children's classes, and adults can enroll in more intensive courses and workshops on topics such as knife-defense techniques.
The instructors at Broadwing Martial Arts understand that every person is built differently. That's why they tailor their kickboxing and karate lessons to emphasize clients' strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Each lesson integrates a variety of martial-arts styles, such as muay thai and tae kwon do, allowing students to gravitate toward the form best suited to their body and personality.