Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Dozens of sneakers pound Brickhouse Cardio Club Dover’s hardwood dance floor in time to a pulsating beat. When attending one of the club’s Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, or TurboKick cardio-kickboxing classes, students can contribute to this booming chorus as they let loose and burn calories in groups of up to 50. Certified fitness instructors set a frenetic pace for most dance classes, though they occasionally slow things down for a relaxing yoga session. As soon as their larger groups file out of the studio, they lead personal-training sessions that allow for a workout experience more intimate than bench-pressing a stack of friends’ diaries.
A portmanteau of the surnames of founders Ian Hardin and Derek Batman, Hardbat CrossFit more than lives up to its tough-sounding moniker. Hardin and Batman combine the principles of CrossFit, which emphasize ever-changing workouts of cardio and lifting exercises, with a scientific focus on nutrition and technique to craft intense, adaptable fitness programs. Their crew of passionate trainers draws skills from diverse backgrounds, from Christina Ruggiero's career as a lifeguard and an award-winning collegiate swimmer to Hardin's degree in exercise science and resumé of fitness certifications. Whether sweating through one-hour boot camps or tackling the CrossFit workout of the day, Hardbat's students perform exercises that blend intensity and functionality, such as Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, plyometrics, and python wrestling.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
With an aim toward avoiding that moment when you stare at endless rows of weights and cardio equipment and don’t know where to begin, the passionate fitness experts at Studio Fit have assembled a roster of group fitness classes that can help clients achieve their goals. On specialized wood flooring that helps protect knees and feet, students groove during Zumba classes or build muscle and core strength during BodyBlast. Studio Fit regularly updates its schedule with new classes so that clients can always try something new and keep their bodies guessing.