Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Instructor Nataliya Saborio draws upon her award-winning competitive dance career in Ukraine to lead a schedule of 60-minute belly-dance sessions stratified into three difficulty levels. Dancers need no prior experience to pick up modalities such as current class topic Egyptian pop beledi. The Middle Eastern cocktail of classic belly-dance movements, isolations, and shimmies syncs to beledi beats as energizing and addicting as a caffeinated Twinkie. On March 12, the curriculum will shift to focus on folkloric dances from locales such as Tunisia and Morocco that together constitute the foundation of belly dance. By studying the various incarnations of the sinuous, abdomen-centered art form, students will slim their figures, build flexibility, and boost their ability to crack walnuts with their abs.
Since 1996, Ultimate Fitness Center has been a bastion of helping patrons get in shape. In addition to fitness staples such as personal trainers, group fitness classes, and copious equipment, the center boasts an array of amenities, including an outdoor pool, a kids' play area, and a wellness center with chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Owner Rob Hueso and his staff are as serious about staying fit as their clients are?you can regularly see them working up a sweat at the weight machines, ready to offer words of encouragement or tips on getting the most from your workout. And if that's not enough, members can get a workout just by walking around the more than 30,000-square-foot space.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.
An elite group of trainers with high-level amateur and professional experience lead Bound Boxing Academy. They offer a range of class aimed at teaching kids, women, and men everything from proper footwork to how to properly wind up your fist before delivering a knockout blow.