Krav maga is one of the fastest growing self-defense training programs in the world, and for good reason. The official martial-arts system of the Israeli Defense Forces is based on the idea that anyone?no matter the size or physical build?can successfully defend their own life.
The certified instructors at Beach Cities Krav Maga are serious about helping students learn effective self-defense techniques. Aside from standard classes for adults and children, they teach specialized courses in women's self-defense and police and military defense. There are even fitness classes that use disciplines such as kickboxing as a jumping-off point for a punishing workout. At the spacious and functional facility, bags hang from the ceiling and mirrors line the walls, helping to keep students in proper form as they learn to punch, jab, and steal their opponents' noses.
MD Pilates owner Mely Dinsdale helms a team of certified instructors, helping students to sculpt lean, pliable bodies using core-centric exercises and Pilates reformer equipment. During classes, instructors preach the importance of balancing flexibility with muscle-strengthening work to prevent injury, both on the mat and on the studio’s reformer resistance machines. Pilates reformer machines, made with a system of springs, pulleys, and a sliding platform, boost the difficulty of students' moves by resisting each movement as they perform Pilates exercises, thereby helping to build muscle while reducing stress on tendons, ligaments, and high-strung skeletons.
Muscles flex and hearts race inside the gyms at She Rocks Fitness’s two locations, where trainers galvanize clients as they work toward their fitness goals. The gyms’ staff of fitness gurus specializes in conducting fast-paced, 35-minute boot-camp sessions that tone bodies while accommodating busy schedules. In addition, She Rocks Fitness offers online meal planning, so guests can combine their workout regime with a healthy diet.
Equipment: Aerial Silks, Hoops,Platinum Stages 45mm poles ranging from 15-18 feet
Students should bring: Snug workout pants or leggings, top or T-Shirt, bottle of water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please no lotions and leave all rings and jewelry at home.
"It's great to try different forms of exercise," says Mary, co-owner of Urban Aerial Fitness. "Not everyone enjoys swimming, biking, and running. It's great to mix it up and find your passion." That's why she helped found her gym, which specializes in teaching aerial hoops, aerial silks, and pole dancing. She and her staff of teachers offer 14 different classes in the various subjects, from beginners' lessons to advanced techniques. They even host a co-ed aerial silks class geared specifically toward teens looking for an extracurricular workout outside of joining a sports team or wrestling with their emotions.
The certified instructors at Tom Vo's Taekwondo Academy believe that developing good character and leadership skills are just as important as learning to punch and kick. At their all-ages martial-arts school, they teach both children and adults discipline, respect, and how to defend themselves using the moves of traditional martial arts as well as verbal defenses. Classes also offer an opportunity for students to let off stress and recharge their minds.
Cardio Blast Fit Camp takes health seriously. It combines nutrition and exercise to provide clients with a manageable way to achieve their health and fitness goals. A coach starts off each new student with a body-composition and bone-density test to acquire a baseline. This information is intertwined with custom nutritional guidance and boot-camp-style workouts, creating a three-pronged approach to fitness and weight loss. Medicine balls enhance 60-minute cardio and body-weight workouts, which round out the whole-body fitness program.