Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won?t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they?ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants? kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn?t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs?the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system?s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Like a delicious stir-fry, Studio Fusion's curriculum is a healthy and often spicy mix of ingredients. An overarching goal to combat boredom guides each session, and supportive instructors monitor their students with personalized guidance, whether they're showcasing a Zumba spin or one of Cardio Kick's rapid-fire jabs. Their classes range from yoga and cardio kickboxing to aerobic step and the Latin-inspired Zumba. In BarreFusion classes, students tone muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance with ballet- and Pilates-inspired workouts set to music. The staff also hosts personal-training sessions that continue to prioritize exciting routines, and instructors take their classes on the road for parties and fundraisers.
With a large space for free weights and circuit machines, the 4,500 sq.-ft Hybrid Fitness Studio inside Retro Fitness has the versatility of a 1,620 sq.-ft. turf field. Intent on keeping patrons entertained while breaking a sweat, the gym has the versatile Life Fitness Synrgy360. They also offer a variety of fitness classes, from bootcamps to CrossFit-style workouts, to TRX and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Personal trainers are available to help clients work toward their fitness goals, such as dropping pounds or preparing to cartwheel a marathon.
Boxing classes at UFC Gym are simply called The Workout—not because they’re the only workout, but because they’re the most famous one. Open to all skill levels, they build the strength, technique, and tenacity necessary to succeed in the ring. Complementary martial-arts courses teach other disciplines, from kickboxing to Brazilian jujitsu to MMA. State-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment rounds out the gym’s offerings, allowing for solo workouts.
Sensei MJ Singh shares the benefits of his extensive martial-arts training with students both young and old. During his karate for kids classes, Singh provides high-energy fun for tykes as they master not only self-defense, but also self-discipline, which may give them the fortitude to complete schoolwork and staring contests against teddy bears. For teens, he blends the techniques of western boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jujistu, and muay thai into a comprehensive mixed martial-arts class. He also welcomes parents to train alongside their kids. If adults seek a full-grown fitness regimen, they can enroll in cardio-focused fitness kickboxing classes or take krav maga self defense, which was developed for and by the Israeli Defense Force.