At Sound Fitness, one can almost hear the calories sizzle. Ample rows of bikes, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment let guests build strong, healthy hearts without feeling pressured to give up their machines to other guests or movie cops needing to commandeer treadmills. To propel exercisers toward their goals, certified personal trainers plot custom workout plans and demonstrate how to build specific muscle groups with the free weights and strength-training machines. Babysitters corral pintsize visitors while their parents jog and pedal, and shower-lined locker rooms keep watch over clothes and gym bags to make sure they don't wander home.
Today's deal gets you four Tae Kwon Do classes for kids or adults plus a uniform from MASTERS Tae Kwon Do Academy for $39, a $120 value. Learn the ancient defensive art of Tae Kwon Do, or give the gift of lessons to your kids or a favorite niece or nephew. Build strength, endurance, and flexibility via kicking, shouting, and tying colored belts. Studying a martial art builds coordination and balance while cultivating mental focus and relaxation. Kids gain confidence, develop concentration, and learn courtesy and self-discipline while getting in shape. Everyone needs to blow off steam, and what better way than by executing a perfect tollyo cha gee (roundhouse kick) to your sa bum nim (honorable instructor)? Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The body disciplinarians at Grupo Cafu Capoeira instruct both beginning and experienced pupils in the traditional Brazilian martial art of capoeira, and its svelte mixed-martial-arts arm, Jaguar MMA, instructs in a hybrid styling of various martial-arts methods. Capoeira fuses music, dance, acrobatics, and combat in a fluid mélange that, like holidays with the in-laws, deftly mixes fun with reflexive defense moves. The practice helps to develop strength, grace, and physical confidence, in sessions that last 45 minutes to an hour. Capoeira is complemented by a swift gear change to mixed martial arts, a full-contact fighting system emphasizing adaptability and quick reaction to threats. Martial artists spend five to 10 minutes kindling cool muscle sticks, then 25 to 30 minutes absorbing methods and moves. Sessions in each discipline take place five days a week, mostly in evening; see the separate capoeira schedule and mixed martial arts schedule for full listings.
At Committed2Fitness, if you run 5 miles, personal trainer Chris Green is going to run 5 miles with you. An ACE-certified trainer and Houston native, Chris wants he and his clients to achieve their goals together, which inspires him to work just as hard as his clients do. Chris leads individual and group programs, during which he drills athletes in exercises such as battle ropes, cardio boxing, sprinting, core work, and resistance-band training. Chris has multiple areas of specialization, including weight loss, constitution and endurance work, and muscle training.
Since 1976, Stone's Gym & Fitness Center has sculpted Bay Area bodies into leaner, tougher human shapes. While the gym has been around for a generation, its equipment hasn’t—updated exercise machines from Precor and other tested brands populate the workout room’s bright hardwood floors. Stationary cycles keep blood rushing through veins, and strength-training machines match reps with row upon row of traditional free weights. The gym hosts a suite of group fitness classes that boost well-being as well as camaraderie, and introduces kids to the onsite pool during swim lessons that teach water safety and the internationally standardized rules of Marco Polo.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT H20's Aquatic Boot Camp after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, SGT H20's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.