Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
The extensive facilities of the 100-acre Saddlebrook Ridge Equestrian Center enable year-round riding with an indoor arena and access to trails that wind through the adjacent Wharton State Forest. Visitors can get a horsemanship education in the disciplines of dressage, jumping, or trail riding, and skilled trainers oversee every step of their advancement. Beginners start with the fundamentals, and more advanced riders utilize the center’s obstacles, such as a water complex and bank jumps—stair-like elevation changes which can prepare riders for swiftly galloping up and down flights of stairs during bank heists.
The certified coaches at CrossFit OTG can fine-tune their repertoire of movements to condition many different types of bodies, which is why they are easily able to train former collegiate athletes and CEOs in the same space. The team—which includes a former police officer, an elementary-school physical-education teacher, and founder Nick DiMatteo—encourages members to reach outside preconceived definitions of fitness during intense, group workouts. They pile an ever-varied mix of resistance and cardio drills into group classes and sport-specific routines, drawing from established functional exercises that mirror real-life actions. During private sessions, they broaden the scope of the program to cover nutrition and motivational strategies, such as having a pro wrestler guard your alarm clock’s snooze button. Their ability to scale the intensity to any experience level fosters an accessible and diverse workout environment.
At more than 1,200 Snap Fitness centers around the country, dedicated exercisers can head to the gym any hour of the day, every day of the year. Inside each 24/7/365 space, a fleet of Matrix cardio and strength-training machines steels muscles and boost heart rates, and free weights enable old-fashioned iron pumping. Televisions contribute news and entertainment to help pass the time during workouts.
Though its amenities may be similar to other gyms, Snap Fitness goes beyond the basics by striving to keep its members motivated to work out and meet goals. Members receive complimentary personal-training sessions to kick-start fitness routines, and afterward, a workout buddy system keeps members inspired. In addition, personalized websites track nutritional and fitness info without the need to scratch tally marks on the surface of your human-sized hamster wheel at home.:m]]
The instructors at Experience Yoga Studios further the studio's mission to unite mind and body through signature yoga coursework. Yoga is taught alongside Pilates and cycling classes and holistic-wellness-boosting massage services. Students attend Pilates and yoga classes in a peaceful practice space where natural light streams in the windows onto burnished wood floors. Beginner-level classes cater to newbies, and instructors can modify moves to help students to work through poses at their own pace. Cycling classes meet in their own maroon-colored studio, where they recreate tough road conditions by adding resistance to mimic hills, speed for sprints, and duck crossings to test each bike’s brakes. The studio’s seven-day schedule includes morning, afternoon, and evening classes.
Children rattle through Monkey Town's colorful assortment of obstacle courses, inflatables, and playgrounds while closely supervised by a well-trained staff. With an open-play pass, children age 10 and younger, or octogenarians awakening from decades of enchanted sleep, can climb and slide around the soft jungle gym and partake in the miracle of human adhesion on the velcro wall. While kids consume their day of unlimited play and debates on pension-funding policies, adults can hang out in the parents' lounge and affix their eyeballs to a TV, or surf on the complimentary WiFi.