Competitive Edge Athletics? fitness instructors and personal trainers use an array of tools to create intense workouts for clients of all fitness levels. Their all-purpose workout area?the site of kickboxing, boxing, and boot-camp classes?has Everlast punching bags, speed bags, and a boxing ring.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Training to the Third Power aims to promote overall health by unifying the mind, body, and soul of each of its students through a variety of exercise classes fusing different disciplines. Knowledgeable and trained instructors lead detoxifying yoga sessions, core-fortifying Pilates classes, a combined Pilates and boxing routiney he, and an acrobatic yoga workout. The studio hosts fitness courses in a heated room for yoga and Pilates, a standard-temperature room for fusion workouts, and a rooftop track for its pelican-racing program.
When Long Island law-enforcement agencies want their troops to learn krav maga, they call on certified master trainer Tony Morrison at Top Gun Karate and Fitness. Tony boasts multiple levels of black belts in several disciplines, including kaizen karate, tae kwon do, and krav maga, and trains with John Whitman, the founder of the Krav Maga Alliance.
In addition to teaching police officers how to better protect and serve through krav maga’s self-defense techniques, Tony is equally passionate about teaching kids and adults the combat arts. His classes equip students with moves to defend themselves against armed and unarmed assailants alike. They cover responding to attacks such as punches, kicks, and chokes, and defending oneself from foes wielding firearms, edged weapons, and, though rare, cucumbers. He leads kids and teens in karate and krav maga, arming them with self-defense moves but also imparting values such as discipline, self-confidence, and respect. Also a personal trainer and fitness presenter, Tony hosts fitness classes, including cardio kickboxing and dumbbell and body-weight classes, to help students whip into fighting form.
Christina Lagrega's merry-go-round of advertising and public relations jobs wasn't cutting it; she wanted a job that would make her smile. When she discovered Zumba via a late-night infomercial, she found a class the very next day. She was instantly enamored with the fitness styles' high-energy atmosphere; it blended something she'd loved and lost from her childhood—dance—with community and exercise. She quickly achieved her teacher's certification, and decided to take her devotion to the Latin-inspired fitness regimen one step further in May of 2012 by opening reMIX fitness & wellness. Here, she helps whip people into shape with her infectious passion for dance, exercise, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Now, joined by six other instructors, she expands her class offerings beyond Zumba into the realm of other signature programs, including Piloxing, yoga, and barre. Instructors also lead sessions of Bokwa, which draws from South African war dancing and capoeira to form a fusion of fitness and dance, much like bench-pressing a square dancer.
Few names carry more weight in the martial arts world than Bruce Lee, the legendary fighter who created Jeet Kune Do and starred in classic martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon. There's a strong bond that ties him to Nubreed Martial Arts Academy—the academy's founders, Luigi Orlando Cuellar and Alexander Chan, belong to Lee's training lineage.
Unsurprisingly, the academy's instructors teach Lee's signature Jeet Kune Do, but their programs also include boxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jujitsu. To accommodate the array of classes, the 10,000-square-foot facility features a boxing ring, an MMA ring, and wooden wing chun dummies that teach students how to effectively fight a tree.