The patter of fists against a punching bag. The bass clang of weights in racks. Cardio and resistance machines from Matrix, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength purr in Soleil Total Fitness’s 20,000-square-foot facility as visitors work toward fitness goals. During more than 45 group exercise classes in three studios, a hush falls over yoga pupils and sweat leaps from the brows of Zumba and kickboxing participants. In the spin studio, stationary bikes help torch calories, and in a boxing and mixed-martial-arts area complete with a 20-foot boxing ring, patrons learn to fend off the punching bag stalking them in their nightmares. The gym’s team of certified personal trainers, alternatively, can tailor workouts to patrons’ fitness goals, whether they are trying to make their high school’s baseball team or the Olympics.
Victory Martial Arts' MMA style blends six self-defense methods into one potent cocktail. Its constituent elements range from kenpo, which focuses on high-speed striking, to muay thai kickboxing, often dubbed "the art of eight limbs" because of its scrappy use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet. There are swirls of Western boxing and wrestling-style floor grappling, too. To complement MMA sessions, the studio hosts single-style classes on kenpo and Brazilian jujitsu—and a sequence designed especially for kids and teens.
At Kickboxing Selden, it only takes 45 or 60 minutes to start writing a new chapter. That is, one where fitness is a priority. Students punch and kick their way to stronger, leaner frames in bootcamp classes held once or twice every day. On Friday and Saturday mornings, the studio also offers Body Sculpt classes.
The trainers at Limitless Athletics have one goal: improvement. That means always aiming to be better than yesterday. They achieve this lofty goal with fitness classes such as High Intensity Training, which blends elements of TRX, CrossFit, weightlifting, speedwork, and athletic regimens to create one serious megaworkout. Theirs is an eclectic schedule that also includes MMA classes, lacrosse clinics, and yoga. Many of the same programs are available for kids, too, ensuring children develop discipline and healthy habits early.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.
The accomplished instructors at Primal Strength - New York have something in common: once upon a time, they each found themselves half buried in empty fast-food cartons. Getting into fitness changed all that. Today, Tristan and Jeff help guide clients down the road toward fuller, healthier living. The trainers are certified in using kettlebell weights, which provide an interesting and exciting change of pace from traditional workouts.