When Sensei Katrina Polen teaches Ryukyu Kempo karate to students of all genders and ages during classes, she’s not just showing them self-defense techniques—she’s encouraging them to adopt a lifestyle of fitness, character growth, and creativity. She oversees sparring matches that teach the value of a strong work ethic or stunt double, and also plans optional competitions for those desiring more concrete stakes. To allow her protégés an artistic say in their practice, she gives them free reign of the demonstration group, TeamKat, which plans routines for performance.
She also offers non-karate classes in the form of cardio-kickboxing and personal-training sessions. She works to cultivate a tight-knit sense community by hosting additional events, such as birthday parties and bimonthly movie nights.
Larry Lentz understands how to take fitness goals to the next level of achievement. On top of his own accomplishments, which include century rides, marathons, triathlons, boxing titles, and Ironmen competitions, he has helped others find their most fit selves by serving as a U.S. Navy Command fitness leader and a head coach to the ASU boxing club. Today, he and his staff—all of whom are former military or former boxing champions—at Toughman Bootcamp put their experience to use by helping clients obliterate calories and build muscle in bootcamp, boxing, and kickboxing programs.
The professional trainers at Kingdom Fitness combine diverse fitness backgrounds in football, bodybuilding, and the U.S. Army. Together, they motivate clients to exceed their physical abilities through boot camps, fitness classes, and one-on-one personal training sessions. All levels of fitness are welcome, as the team will assess current conditions and devise a fitness plan tailored to each clients’ fitness levels and goals.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Char-broiling slabs of beef, lamb, and elk while overlooking the banks of a wooded mill pond might sound like an unusually picturesque cookout, but this scene unfolds each day in the kitchen of Long Grove Café, where the culinary team blends flavors from Mediterranean and American cuisine. Entrees of buffalo and ostrich burgers, Greek-style fish, rotisserie chicken, and Mediterranean pastas are often prefaced by a plate of saganaki cheese, set on fire to give it a dramatic flair as it is brought to table by a masked chorus. In the rustic, wine-colored dining room, servers uncork a range of fine wines that prove Galileo's theory that "wine is sunlight held together by water."
Training mats sweep across 4,000 square feet of the Energy Sport Complex studio, setting the stage for martial arts fitness classes throughout the week. Expert instructors tote professional punching bags to these training mats, where they guide youth and adults alike through the punches, jabs, and kicks of jiujitsu, muay thai, and boxing-infused fitness boot camps. This scene is filled out by the professional-grade workout machines upon which clients train and the sparring that takes place during open-boxing sessions. During these sessions, clients can hone skills while competing for the shotgun seat on the car ride home. After navigating the various workouts that occur in this martial arts haven, guests can spruce up in a full-service changing room, complete with private showers and lockers.