At Sobekick, a boutique boxing studio, wrapped-knuckle students wallop a partner’s punch pads, pummel punching bags, or high-kick invisible targets. Despite all of the aggression in the air, the atmosphere remains friendly as professional fighters and certified trainers help exercisers of all skill levels achieve their fitness goals. To do this, they use personal-training sessions, kickboxing routines, and "wildcard" workouts that could consist of hardcore cardio drills or sincere apologies to bruised punching bags. Sobekick slows things down with yoga classes and tones bodies with specialized classes designed to tighten abs and derrieres.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
With an impressive array of equipment, Boxing for Health transforms punch-shy patrons of almost any age into elite fighters—whether they intend to actually fight or not. There's a full-sized regulation boxing ring where students can heave hooks and jabs at the hand pads of trainers Miguel or Shane. There are 14 heavy bags, each surrounded by plenty of floorspace so trainees can maneuver as they recreate scenes from Rocky or choreograph exciting new scenes for Steel Magnolias. For a more immersive education, the trainers host boxing boot camps, in which students soak up techniques for success in the sweet science, such as defensive tactics, combinations, and footwork—all the while roasting scores of calories.
Through a variety of approaches, the fitness coaches and physical therapists at Brooklyn Academy Roots work to help each of their clients reach peak physical form, inside and out. Personal trainers work closely with injured athletes during Pilates routines, which can help tone the physique and balance the body to help prevent future injury from forgetting to tie your shoelaces. Nutrition counseling is also available, during which counselors work with individuals to address any health issues, set a program for weight loss, or just generally design a healthier diet.
At Kinesthetic Exercise Sciences, a team of personal trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals in a range of high-intensity classes and personal-training sessions. In one-on-one training sessions, personal trainer Kewesi Simon and nutritionist Frank Rolek work side-by-side to create custom workout and dietary regimens for their trainees. Other classes include women’s self-defense, muay thai kickboxing, and boot camp.
Inside the Kilatainment gym, it seems like the punching bags almost never stop swinging. Everywhere you look in the high-ceiling room, men and women clad in padded boxing gloves are making calculated strikes or practicing footwork to develop their pugilistic skills. As participants work their way toward greater agility, coordination, and strength, instructors give them personalized advice or lead targeted classes.