The experienced instructors at TM Martial Arts aim to help their students strengthen more than muscles in their hapkido, tae kwon do, and self-defense classes. They prize the character development and cognitive benefits—such as self-confidence, perseverance, and improved concentration—that people can experience with regular practice. That said, their American kickboxing and Ultimate Fitness programs blend strength training with sparring drills to help students reshape their bodies and embrace fitness for the rest of their lives, no matter their age or starting level.
UFC competitor Clay Guida's job is to lock himself in a cage with a sinewy monster who is just frothing to roundhouse, uppercut, and strangle him until he can't move anymore. More often than not, he's the last one moving. With four knockouts, 15 submission holds, and nine matches called by the ref, Clay's winning record—and his allergy to getting knocked out—speak to the well-rounded approach to strikes, grappling moves, and defensive techniques he teaches his students.
Whether he's training fighters for the ring, kids to stand up to bullies, or hearts to pump right in MMA family-fitness classes, he maintains a comfortable and controlled environment. Martial-arts classes, striking workshops for women, and children’s programs take place in Clay’s 6,500-square-foot facility lined with shock-absorbing Zebra and full-wall mats. Students spar in full octagon and boxing rings to simulate real-world blood sport and hammer home their techniques on a plethora of striking bags and pads. For people who want the fitness without the fighting, his exercise sessions take place in a separate strength-and-conditioning area filled with kettlebells, weights, ropes, treadmills, sandbags, and tires.
Sixty-one 100-pound punching bags hang from chains like an upside-down fitness forest at Title Boxing Club in Naperville. On any given day, this expansive workout area finds men and women donning gloves and punching or kicking up a sweat in fitness classes built on the fundamentals of competitive boxing and kickboxing training. Group classes, also known as Power Hour sessions, are led by a team of trainers whose previous experience ranges from boxing and playing college football to earning degrees in kinesiology. These classes are complemented by private lessons that make use of the facility?s speed bags, free weights, and cardio machines. An onsite ring allows students to practice their footwork while learning how to protect the face?that is, by learning how to wear Kevlar mustaches.
Believers that stress plays a major role in modern illnesses, the staffers at Harmonic Way Group Fitness & Wellness aim to help clients manage their anxiety levels by offering a rounded menu of services that include group exercise classes and massage therapy. Fun-loving instructors guide students through regimens such as Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and circuit conditioning, and therapists treat patients to bodywork treatments in the form of sports massage, chair massage, or therapeutic table massage.
The studio boasts a colorful theme, from the red tiles interspersed throughout a bright-blue floor to the walls, which range from purple to aquamarine and lime green. Around the studio logo emblazoned on the wall, students and teachers leave their mark with hand-scrawled messages, drawings, and favorite mathematical algorithms.
At YK Martial Arts, students train and learn in a rigorous yet supportive environment where instructors marry technique with the principles of respect, discipline, and compassion. A 6th dan black belt in tae kwon do and a 5th dan black belt in hapkido, Grandmaster Yong-ki Yoon leads a seasoned group of instructors. Classes can help develop the motor skills of children aged 3 and older and work with adults to challenge and improve flexibility, fitness, and energy levels.
Equipment: Title Punching Bags, Century Punching Bags, Nike Fit Bands
Students should bring: Water Bottle, Towels, Shorts, Tennis Shoes, T-shirt
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Any of these programs will make you work and sweat.
Be ready to be tired.