The Israeli Defense Forces don't just choose any system of self-defense as their specialty. When they're teaching new recruits how to defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat, they favor the grappling and countering techniques of krav maga. And the IDF isn't alone: law enforcement agencies and intelligence organizations around the world have chosen krav maga as their official fighting system.
Add Baton Rouge Krav Maga to that growing list. The studio's instructors have designed a series of classes that introduce students to the fighting style's combat techniques in a noncompetitive environment. Even as they teach specific targeting attacks, the instructors help students understand the psychology of a street confrontation and demonstrate ways to avoid violent altercations. In addition to their core offerings, Baton Rouge Krav Maga also offers an array of non-self-defense classes to sculpt ripping muscles and notch up fitness levels.
At Define Fitness Studio, co-owners Dana Guillory and Lauren Villa help exercisers get in shape one interval at a time. Their fitness classes include a mix of high-intensity interval training and simply named classes such as Define, which incorporates deep stretches for improved flexibility, and Release, which mixes yoga and isolated core work. During Torch classes, exercisers burn calories using tabata interval training, an intense four-minute series composed of 20-second exercise periods, 10-second rest periods, and 0.01-second crying periods.
Wall-to-wall mirrors line rows of treadmills and weight machines inside Max Fitness Baton Rouge. The 17,000-square-foot health club strives to create a supportive, non-intimidating atmosphere where visitors can feel comfortable exercising at their own pace. Fitness coaches help clients work through circuits that focus on cardio and strength. The gym is outfitted with surround sound and a Blu-ray projector that plays movies while members work out. Additionally, when workouts are through, guests can relax in onsite tanning bed while obtaining sun-kissed skin.
Foxy's Fitness Center encompasses a trio of workout facilities?including a women's-only club on Old Hammond Highway?where trainees sweat through group, semiprivate, and private sessions. With cardio and strength machines for self-guided reps, as well as DotFit nutrition guidance for all ages, the centers cater to guests of every fitness background. Exercise classes entail engaging actions, from cycling in studios to calisthenics to otter-cuddling contests in the indoor pools.
Erin Douglass's charming fitness boutique beckons dancers—who have and don't have experience—with its wall-spanning mirrors and ballet barre. After years of honing her Pilates skills and earning her teaching certification, Erin began to branch out to other exercise modalities and eventually discovered BarreAmped, an inventive form of dance and cardio-infused Pilates. Instantly pleased with how the technique blended a medley of small, isometric movements to sculpt lean muscle while elevating the heart rate, Erin shifted her Pilates-only practice into Purely e barre + pilates. This shift has enabled her to offer dynamic sweat sessions that are as challenging as each client makes them, potentially as challenging as selling a china shop during an earthquake or as easy as squashing a cake with an anvil.
Carey Long’s professional interest in fitness stems from something personal. After experiencing the early passing of his parents, Carey decided to focus his fitness approach on prolonging life. Racking up certifications in physical therapy and strength and conditioning training, Carey began developing Real Life Fitness, a system catered to regular people who want to improve the quality and extend the longevity of their lives. The system seeks to boost energy, address chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, and promote physical activity, all while keeping in mind the time limitations and challenges of everyday life.