Lights Out Gym's passionate trainers show students of all fitness levels how to punch flab in the face during martial arts-inspired group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week. Bodily transformation begins in fight fitness classes, where participants incinerate calorie piles by punching fitness bags, dragging chains, and performing muay thai kickboxing aerobics without actual strikes. Students master the real thing during Muay Thai kickboxing classes, practicing throwing elbows, kicks, and knees in preparation for the rise of sentient, vengeful punching bags. With sledgehammer exercises, suspension training, and other nontraditional lifting techniques, caveman conditioning sessions sculpt tight bodies while buffing upper body and core strength.
For more than 25 years, instructors and owners Ron and Julie Elrod have shared the knowledge they gleaned as direct students of Soke Hatsumi, the 34th-generation Ninjutsu Grandmaster. Inside the Elrods' 11,000-square-foot facility, adults and children study the foundations of Japanese martial arts in a way that sharpens their minds, centers their spirits, and strengthens their bodies. Along with traditional martial arts, the Academy’s curriculum delves into cardio-kickboxing classes, where fast-paced punches and kicks burn calories without the hazard of using lighter fluid as a dipping sauce. The low student-to-teacher ratio of these classes allows instructors to observe closely as their pupils take on freestanding heavy bags. Both male and female students participate, and the school provides mitts and handheld pads so that students don't have to fashion equipment out of old copies of the Saturday Evening Post.
In a story by Patch reporter Elizabeth Janney, owner David Sturman described Elkridge Athletic Club as "a friendly gym," stating that “no matter what your fitness level is or what your shape is, you feel comfortable here." The welcoming environment—together with high-energy classes and cutting-edge equipment—may be why voters named the health club as the best local gym in an Elkridge Patch poll.
Each initiation-fee-free, month-to-month membership includes access to the sauna and hot tub along with unlimited group classes. Guests dance to straightforward moves set to Latin beats in Zumba workouts, and combine cardio and mind-body techniques in Hour of Power classes. Members also receive a complimentary personal-training session to design a customized fitness plan or learn to make a black leather purse that looks just like a kettlebell.
LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
The team at Awesome Martial Arts Training Center works hard to live up to the company's name, which is derived from founder and seventh-degree black belt Gerald "Awesome" Dawson. He and the martial-arts faculty teach classes for kids, adults, and all of their stunt doubles. In addition to martial arts, the instructors also lead kickboxing classes, which incorporate elements of boxing and tae kwon do.
US Tae Kwon Do classes are taught by martial-arts experts and help students achieve peace of mind, personal confidence, better understanding of physical capabilities, self-defense techniques applicable to the real world, and the ability to knock a jar of pickles off the top shelf with a roundhouse kick. With class schedules modeled on the ancient art of busy lifestyles, those with busy lifestyles will be able to easily squeeze in a kicking-and-punching jam session that can breathe new life into a stale exercise regimen. Class offerings and times vary at each location—call ahead to begin your membership and schedule your first foray into one of the world's most practiced martial arts.
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