The United States Krav Maga Association–certified instructors at Force 3 believe “you don’t have to be a fighter to train like one.” The staff, which boasts plenty of real-world experience—including a jiu-jitsu world champion and a former bodyguard to Europe's royals—imparts the arts of krav maga, muay thai, and MMA to students of all experience and fitness levels. In a facility furnished with mats, heavy bags, and grappling dummies that never say "uncle," students learn self-defense concepts that could one day save their lives, or the lives of their loved ones, while also reaping the cardiovascular and core-strengthening benefits of intense physical training.
With locations spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, iLoveKickboxing.com has trimmed the waistlines of thousands of members while bolstering their confidence levels with engaging and varied total-body workouts. The program blends kickboxing techniques into a fat-burning, muscle-toning, and endurance-enhancing regimen. Limbs warm up with a quick jog before taking down imaginary opponents with a set of practice kicks and punches to drive home proper technique. The pummeling then switches to the one of many freestanding heavy bags, and incorporates ducking and weaving to boost heart rates. Teamwork drills help members tone up while cultivating camaraderie, which could lead to a partnership inspiring future buddy-cop-movie sensations.
With its boxing ring, heavy bags, and padded floors, First Coast Full Contact looks like a traditional boxing gym. However, it strays from tradition with the family-oriented environment the trainers and students bring to the space. They hold classes in kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, and marital arts for students aged 5 and older. With an emphasis on fitness as well as self-defense, many classes burn up to 800 calories per session. To complement the workouts classes offer, the gym is furnished with a variety of exercise machines and a fully equipped weight room.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
Asbury Arts Center owner Jeanne Glogowski taps experience on both sides of the curtain—boasting bachelor's and master's degrees in dance—to oversee an eclectic array of dance classes for children and adults of all experience levels. Instructors gather budding dancers, fitness-minded patrons, and experienced shimmiers in practice rooms lined with mirrors to ensure both students and teachers can keep an eye out for proper form during dance, yoga, and martial-arts classes. Hammier classes include lessons in performing arts and music, giving patrons the opportunity to test their performing chops under the same level of personalized attention they enjoy in the studio’s fitness classes and during IRS audits.
Certified personal trainer Samantha Shay leads small groups of female campers through intense strength-training and cardio exercises in the verdant expanse of Gardner Field. To keep students encouraged throughout each four-week session, she doles out nutritional counseling and enthusiastic high-fives. On Saturdays, Shay offers a lighthearted boot camp for kids, leading exercise routines and teamwork exercises that build fitness.