Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won?t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they?ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants? kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn?t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs?the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system?s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
Satori Academy of Martial Arts's head instructor Nancy Walzog single-handed challenges the traditional archetype of the stoic, sinewy sensei. As a mother and teacher, she understands the powerful impact such a study can have, both in and out of the gym. Far from plucking flies from the air with chopsticks or barking orders at new recruits, she and fellow teachers create a welcoming environment. Her classes blend techniques from Kenpo Karate, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, taekwondo, and other martial arts forms into comprehensive self-defense lessons. In keeping with the accomdation theme, the studio allows members to drop into almost any class on the schedule, although some require experience with certain techniques and at least one unarmed victory over a dragon.
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 (a $15 value per 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. Classes take place Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Ray, the co-owner of Ray's Bike Rentals, was a New Jersey State champion bike racer, a race promoter, and ran a bike store for 15 years. Today he's hopped off the seat to give others a chance to ride. He and co-owner Cathy have set up their bike-rental kiosk at the ferry pier in Fort Hancock. They rent beach cruisers, multi-gear bikes, and tandems. For families, they rent kid-size bikes as well as bike carts for children and tag-alongs.
GoForItKickboxing.com?s certified trainers draw on two fitness methods to get clients in shape: kickboxing and high-intensity interval training. During classes, they teach students real kickboxing punches, kicks, and combinations that work the entire body while imparting invaluable self-defense knowledge. They combine these techniques with a high-intensity interval-training philosophy, which alternates between periods of intense aerobic activity and short periods of rest. The result is a workout that is fun, energetic, and can burn up to 800 calories in one session.