A World Taekwondo Federation black belt, Master Justin Scarsella has been molding young martial artists since the age of 14. At his eponymous tae kwon do studio, students young and old delve into the martial arts in a structured, supportive, and positive environment. Under his tutelage, students aged 4 and older progress through classes that strengthen and tone the body while fostering discipline, leadership skills, and character development through cooperation, self-control, respect, and confidence.
The age-old disciplines of boxing and kickboxing get the state-of-the-art treatment at Gauntlet Fitness, where professional trainers teach high-intensity one-hour classes in a custom-built gym. David Sheram and Aaron Crocker lend their disparate disciplines of martial arts and personal training to the machinery. Their non-contact, total-fitness workouts build strength, stamina, flexibility, and confidence with 16 ever-changing circuit stations.
Helena Health Club's members tone up on their own using everything from treadmills to punching bags or with the support of others in group fitness classes. These include everything from Zumba dance parties and Pilates to TRX suspension training and spinning. Those who need extra attention can schedule a personal-training session. As an added bonus, the gym offers onsite childcare, which allows parents to work out without worrying if the leg press is a good babysitter.
Overseen by fourth-degree black belt Renshi Jerry Chenault and his wife Michelle, Chenault Pro-Defense Martial Arts Academy trains pupils in the art of Japanese jujitsu with a focus on discipline and self-defense. Training begins with a private orientation in which aspiring masters are granted their uniforms. Groupon holders are invited to continue taking classes indefinitely until neophyte white belts achieve the cheerier yellow-belt rank. Lessons are grouped by age and belt level with classes for smaller spin kickers ages 4–8 meeting 4:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9 a.m.–9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. White-belt classes for students ages 9 and up meet 5 p.m.–5:45 p.m. on Mondays, 7:15 p.m.–8 p.m. on Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m.–7 p.m. on Thursdays, and 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. on Saturdays.
At Riviera Fitness Centers of Madison—a women-only fitness haven—patrons tackle Les Mills group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and one-on-one personal training, all designed to make gals feel comfortable as they forge toward their fitness goals. The onsite childcare staff supervises tykes so moms can cartwheel off to classes such as BodyAttack and Zumba. During Zumba classes, the studio transforms into a club-like dance-party atmosphere, accented with colored lights and thumping Latin-inspired beats. The instructors lead the easy-to-follow dance steps on an elevated stage, allowing everyone to see the right moves instead of getting discouraged and reverting to the Hokey Pokey. Boot-camp sessions fuse cardio and resistance training to tone physiques as campers wield exercise equipment including kettlebells, barbells, and bosu balls.
In addition to getting fit during group training, ladies can seek one-on-one fitness advice during personal training sessions, which are tailored to suit their goals. Riviera Fitness Center also offers tanning, bronzing recently toned bodies for the beach or flexing in front of a mirror.