Students as young as four years old learn to respect themselves and others as well as self-defense skills inside Orlando Taekwondo. Taekwondo skills become more advanced as students work their way through belt colors, and special classes introduce weapons training and grappling techniques. The family-run school doesn?t stop at self-defense skills, though. Instructors use fun-focused class time to teach students select words and phrases in Korean as well.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Vanessa Valentin knew her own health and happiness increased through practicing dance and fitness, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way. She opened RhythmX to make it happen, a fitness and dance studio focused on Latin and hip-hop grooves.
Here, Vanessa and 10 other instructors conduct three types of Zumba classes, including Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao, along with Latin hip-hop sessions. Unlike most hip-hop classes, which teach students a set routine, their sessions work to arm students with a core set of moves, helping them feel more comfortable on the dance floor.
Equipment: Custom-made gymnastics equipment and mats for kids 6 weeks to 13 years
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun. Children will be barefoot and parents will wear socks.
My Gym, which currently has more than 300 international locations, began more than 25 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level?starting as young as 6 weeks?and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Upon stepping into the classically grand 30,000-square-foot spa, La Vie Experience, visitors could be forgiven for never leaving. The luxurious suites boast ornately embellished Victorian wood furniture, Persian rugs, silky throw pillows, and dramatic, towering floral arrangements. The fitness director, Shellita Boxie, is a celebrity fitness trainer, SAG?nominated stunt woman known for her role on The Walking Dead, and is a commercial, print, and film actress. Her staff welcomes clients to get comfortable in preparation for full-on pampering. They address cosmetic issues with a slate of services including anti-aging treatments, facials, and body-contouring. For example, they work to turn back the clock with the Fraxel laser, which is designed to stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer, brighter skin.
But they go beyond the surface with nutrition counseling, physical therapy, and massage. In addition to providing relaxing Swedish and hot-stone massage, the massage therapists tackle pain resulting from injuries with sports and Profound massage and soothe the pains associated with pregnancy during prenatal massage. And finally, the staffers also helm a fitness studio, chock full of free weights and machines to help guests both look and feel their best. The group trainers cover disciplines like Butt-N-Gutt, bootcamp, step aerobics, Zumba, body sculpting, and more.