The classes at TCK Mixed Martial Arts are intense, but the mood is upbeat. Students sweat through classes as they perform drills such as grappling, kicking, conditioning, or sparring, depending on their chosen sport. Instructors lead a variety of programs for adults and children, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, tae kwon do, and karate. TCK often holds morning workout sessions, as well as open mat sessions during which students can spar and test their new moves.
While deployed to Kandahar with NATO, Spuyten Duyvil CrossFit's trainer led CrossFit sessions for diverse pupils ranging from special-forces members to civilian contractors. Now, his lessons bring that same intensity and focus to Stateside clients of all ages and experience levels. Each day, his workouts include a new variety of challenges, all scalable to individual fitness capabilities.
For Kristina Perez, every Zumba class feels like a party. At Tori Dance studio, she teaches the high-energy Latin?inspired dance classes to novice and experienced dancers alike in order to help students shed pounds and gain confidence in their bodies.
Brazilian Jujitsu dominates mixed-martial-arts competitions and has captured the imaginations of hundreds of aspiring fighters, including Tito Hatz, the head instructor and current owner of East Coast United. To hone his skills, Tito travelled to Brazil to train under members of the Gracie family, the clan credited with originating modern Brazilian Jujitsu. As an instructor, he believes in sculpting bodies of all ages and genders into the physiques of elite athletes. Students at his gym grapple through the traditional exercises of Brazilian Jujitsu or pummel unseen opponents with the lightning foot, fist, elbow, and knee strikes of muay thai kickboxing. Those interested in professional fighting undertake training in a blend of the two arts in mixed-martial-arts classes. Certified yoga instructor Maywatte Hartz teaches relaxation and mental focus in her Vinyasa yoga classes, which focus on mastering deep breathing and flowing movements.
Blink Fitness strives to make habitual exercise a natural, necessary component in its clients? daily lives. It does so by designing clean, practical gyms stripped of gimmicks and frills, stocked with sleek green equipment, and staffed by welcoming, motivating trainers. At each location, guests can choose from more than 150 Life Fitness and Precor machines that dream of boosting someone's strength and cardio capacity. There are other kinds of equipment lying around, too, including free weights, medicine balls, and strongmen willing to be powerlifted. For those who want an inspirational push and a targeted program, 30-minute personal-training sessions can be booked one at a time or in 5- or 10-session packages.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.