Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.
With Boot Camp Fitness Force, LLC, the ground is your floor mat, the street is your treadmill, and the tree limb is your pull-up bar. Here, outdoor boot-camp classes replace leisurely gym visits and sling bodies of all fitness levels through workouts that creatively make use of their surroundings. Trainers keep workouts engaging and fun by frequently changing the class’s location, introducing new challenges into every 75-minute session.
At Shockoe Bottom CrossFit, the focus is always on the functional cross-training exercises that make up each CrossFit workout. In the spartan 2,500-square-foot space, Shockoe Bottom CrossFit's trainers show newbies the ropes during Fundamentals classes, and everyone gets the chance to tackle the constantly changing Workout of the Day. Classes are capped at eight to ensure more personalized attention, with each exercise scalable to a person's physical abilities. Aside from CrossFit classes, the facility also offers yoga classes and massages.
Next Level Fitness LLC's American Fitness Professionals & Associates–certified instructors send groups into fits of energetic, ever-changing exercises during outdoor workouts. They tailor the routines to suit patrons of all fitness levels, helping them build core strength, power, and endurance at their own pace while still being challenged. In any given session, attendees might swing and twirl heavy ropes for resistance, or run with medicine balls, hop, and do pushups. These varied exercises help to stave off the boredom of repetition, which can cause students to lose interest in working out.
Next Level Fitness's Tabata bootcamp, a program intertwined with the standard outdoor class, is designed for those with busy schedules, helping clients fit in one-hour workouts three times per week supplemented by shorter workouts on three off days. Complementing the fitness routines, trainers also provide nutrition tips and exercises to not only sculpt bodies, but keep them healthy too.
At CrossFit Full Circle, dedicated coaches motivate students to get into the best shape of their lives. They’re guided by the no-nonsense workout ethic of CrossFit, a system that focuses on constantly varied functional exercises executed at high intensity. The gym's personal trainers draw from a wealth of experiences and certifications—owner Jason Struck is working on a master's degree in exercise physiology, and coach Matt Bahen boasts a background in serving with elite units in the navy⎯as they lead boot camps and exercises such as hurling kettlebell weights and performing pull-up reps. In order to build muscle, burn fat, and shake houseguests' hands firmly but not so firmly that they lose their arms, members use top-shelf equipment, weights, and bumper plates from brands such as Pendlay, Rogue, Kraiburg, and Dragon Door, all under the constant encouragement of a like-minded community of fellow athletes.