Glowing neon-red-and-blue wall accents complement the staff members' bright attitudes at American Bodyworks gyms. They strive to make connections with each member, remembering their names and favorite prime numbers, as they guide them through rows of cardio equipment?each with an attached LCD TV screen?and strength-training machines affixed with illustrations on their use. Guests can work out in the daytime hours or swipe their membership key for nighttime access, pushing through free-weight reps while personal trainers sleep inside their resistance-band cocoons. Amenities such as childcare, tanning, and group classes round out the gym services at several American Bodyworks locations.
Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there?s a reason for this gym?s popularity?KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who?ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp?s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in group cycling, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
At In Tune Fitness Studio, the array of options for getting and staying in shape may be slightly overwhelming. For equal parts low-impact exercise and relaxation, yoga fits the bill. Whereas its group fitness classes, such as cardio dance and strength and toning, rely on a higher level of intensity to quickly tone bodies. And its training programs—the Skinny Jean Challenge, boot camp, and Torch IT interval training, to name a few—take small groups on fitness journeys together.
A World Taekwondo Federation black belt, Master Justin Scarsella has been molding young martial artists since the age of 14. At his eponymous tae kwon do studio, students young and old delve into the martial arts in a structured, supportive, and positive environment. Under his tutelage, students aged 4 and older progress through classes that strengthen and tone the body while fostering discipline, leadership skills, and character development through cooperation, self-control, respect, and confidence.
The age-old disciplines of boxing and kickboxing get the state-of-the-art treatment at Gauntlet Fitness, where professional trainers teach high-intensity one-hour classes in a custom-built gym. David Sheram and Aaron Crocker lend their disparate disciplines of martial arts and personal training to the machinery. Their non-contact, total-fitness workouts build strength, stamina, flexibility, and confidence with 16 ever-changing circuit stations.
Drawing inspiration by old-school boxing gyms, Striker Fight Center’s training facility comes decked out with heavy bags and speed bags for teaching a various forms of martial arts. The instructors here, such as Steven Broughman—a former MMA fighter, ranked muay thai Instructor, and a black belt in jiu-jitsu—have taught Western boxing for decades. The classes offered here reflect their experience, ranging from wrestling and boxing to judo.