For more than 25 years, EDGE training facilities have churned out wrestling champions at state, collegiate, and professional levels—including competitors in the UFC and Olympics. Today, EDGE Hoboken carries on that proud tradition, but with a different kind of training: mixed martial arts. Inside the facility, a team of MMA experts leads programs in a number of disciplines, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and submission grappling. EDGE Hoboken's facility features 1,400 square feet of wrestling mats, plus fully padded walls and an elevated lounge area where spectators can marvel at the advanced students who have already sprouted third and fourth arms.
Your unlimited pass presents you with a tempting platter of hour-long classes to sample at your leisure. Local Barre instructors utilize a variety of equipment, including weighted yoga balls and a ballet barre, to strengthen students' muscles and increase their flexibility. Open Barre movements are organized into energizing dance segments in the Dance Infusions class for an enhanced cardio workout. Let It Flow classes are motivating and musical, allowing your body and mind to relax as you achieve deep core strength through yoga poses and flapper visualization. Nearly all the classes are open to both beginners and seasoned barre veterans. You’ll have your pick of the schedule during your month of classes, and after four weeks in Local Barre’s jazzy speakeasy-inspired studio, you'll be well on your way to fitting into the cat’s pajamas, bending like the bee’s knees, and cutting any rug that gets in your way.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists can burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the month-long trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
True beginners are welcome at ArteVino Studio, where local instructors tap into their students' hidden talents. Among the roster of experienced teachers includes a Parsons The New School for Design graduate who painted portraits for the prince of Spain and another who worked for Oscar-winning animator John Canemaker. These dexterous painters lead social BYOB classes as well as multisession workshops in topics such as color theory and impressionism.
During more laid-back BYOB group classes, 8–20 pupils uncork their preferred beverages and set to work creating a 16”x20” canvas painting. The studio provides all necessary supplies, including paint, brushes, and state-certified muses. Students can also reserve the studio for private parties, or pay by the hour for walk-in studio sessions, during which they have use of ArteVino’s supplies and can store their paintings until they're complete.
After serving as a Krav Maga officer for a special-ops unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, Matan Gavish relocated to New York, where he founded Krav Maga Academy. Stateside, Gavish has shared his expertise in the pages of the Washington Post and currently inputs on NYPD Tactics Training Unit and other law enforcement agencies, all while running his Academy full-time.
Krav Maga Academy's curriculum imparts creative strike techniques, defense strategies against chokes and grabs, and methods for neutralizing attackers through a krav maga–centered schedule that also offers separate MMA and Brazilian jiujitsu classes. Beginners taste combat in Level 1 trainings and all-levels classes, and more experienced fighters ramp up their workouts during upper-level classes or sparring sessions.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won’t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they’ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants’ kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn’t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs—the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system’s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.