Manny Cabrera holds a fourth-degree black belt, and he's not shy about sharing his knowledge with others. He and his trained staff at Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Centers are eager to demonstrate the ins, outs, and high kicks of tae kwon do and krav maga to students of all ages.
Adult programs focus on self-defense and fitness, with a dedicated Krav Maga program that includes free nutritional guidance. Kids' programs don't just teach youths to defend themselves against rogue gym-class punching bags. The center's classes, summer camps, and afterschool programs instill kids with ambition, discipline, and respect for themselves and others.
At Punch Boxing for Fitness, visitors experience an entire boxing match without having to dodge a single punch. That's because the gym's workouts are staged in three-minute rounds where exercisers jab heavy bags, shadow box, and boost their heart rate by jumping rope. One-minute breaks let them catch their breath in between toning muscles and building cardio endurance, not to mention mastering proper punching technique. Punch Boxing for Fitness' expert trainers shape each hour-long training session around beginning and advanced boxers alike; in fact, many pros, including Roy Jones, Jr. and Winkey Wright, have trained there.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across more than 20 states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people?s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
Owner Rusty Solomon leads groups of children and adult martial artists in classes that teach karate, MMA skills, and kickboxing. In addition to bolstering self-defense skills and improving his pupils' striking skills, the instructor also helps students develop self-discipline and confidence as they get into shape.