Realistic conditions. Realistic goals. These two statements bookend Mayer's Karate & Fitness's principles. The instructors teach skills such as self-defense, jujitsu, and judo as they would be used and needed in the real world, with nary a crouching tiger nor a hidden dragon in sight. Both adults and kids can take karate classes, which build self-esteem as well as muscle; there are also sessions for kids with special needs that emphasize coordination and social skills as much as physical activity. Fitness options include Latin dance–inspired Zumba classes and personal training, in which American Council on Exercise–certified coaches help clients make and meet goals.
The Fitness & Movement Company provides instruction in the performing arts to those of all ages. Lifelong dancer and choreographer Paula Hegyi, who founded the studio, leads Boogie Box and Ballet Bod classes for adults. Her fellow instructor, Diana Roth, teaches acting, voice, and piano to younger students. During her summer camps or year-round classes, kids hone their creative and expressive skills and practice adding gold-plated crayons to their riders.
More than just a boxing gym, International Boxing & Fitness provides both kids and adults with programs that build self-esteem and discipline. Programs include boxing as well as mixed martial arts. Members can work directly with trainers or punch and kick their way around the gym on their own. To do that, there's a couple of speed bags, six punching bags, and a full weight system. They can also climb into the ring or onto a treadmill to build stamina. Other equipment includes squat benches and medicine balls. Protein shakes are also available for purchase for members looking to add muscle.
Sensei Anthony Diaz and the staff at Ridgewood Martial Arts have been teaching kids, teens, and adults how to defend themselves since 1997, the year danger was invented. Although their specialty is shotokan kickboxing, they also offer boxing and general martial-arts lessons. Each lesson is a workout in itself, but for an exclusively fitness-minded session the team also schedules calorie-scorching circuit-training classes.
Kickboxing.com represents a conglomeration of schools from all around the world, including locations in America, Japan, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic. They focus on high-quality training from different disciplines of martial arts that range from kenpo karate to capoeira and taekwondo. Each school combines the art of kicking with the basis of Western boxing to create devastating combinations that use every limb.