For the staff of Integrated Personal Defense, LLC, training is about more than self-defense. It's about focusing on complete personal development. During such classes as cardio kickboxing and mixed martial arts, they instill students with the skills to defend themselves while building confidence, discipline, and a positive mental attitude. They bring this approach to all classes for adults and kids, creating an engaged, fun environment that hinges on individualized attention.
Raised on the streets of Holyoke, Paul Cichon draws on his own experience and life story as he uses boxing to instill character, discipline, and determination. At Manchester ROCS Boxing Club, Paul and his fellow trainers teach the fundamentals of the sweet science to children from all ages and backgrounds. Paul’s fighters have earned 11 national titles while learning respect and self-motivation in a nurturing environment.
Lisa Elbe believes that a successful regimen requires two things: accountability and focus. And she's centered her exercise programs around those two ideas. Personal-training sessions offer intense, personalized attention to overcome fitness hurtles and break through plateaus, and group classes offer a feeling of team camaraderie and motivation.
At Darly’s Dance & Fitness classes promise more than just improved technique—they offer the opportunity to get fit without the rigid guidelines of a typical workout. In fact, classes such as Zumba, African dance, and modern dance all emphasize fun as much as grace. The class schedule also includes ballet, lyrical, jazz, and other dance classes available to kids as young as 4, as well as adults.
For some, like Mission Fitness owner Matt Mund, fitness comes easily. Matt starred on basketball and softball teams throughout his youth, and won his first weightlifting contest in college. But that doesn’t mean Matt, or his team of certified personal trainers, only welcomes equally gifted athletes to their personal-training sessions and three group fitness classes. To the contrary, personal training caters specifically to your goals, whether they’re to lose a hefty chunk of weight or tighten up already sculpted muscles. Likewise, boot campers each move at their own pace through challenging circuits, and bodies of all shapes burn calories via different styles including boot camp, boxing, and yoga.