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.
The bright and airy training facility of Daehan Martial Arts–blanketed in walls of blue, orange, green, and yellow–is the stomping grounds for martial arts and fitness classes. Experienced instructors help students high kick and chop their way through Taekwondo sessions. In other rooms, students bend and twist their way into soft pretzels or yoga poses aimed at building strength and flexibility. The instructors also run after-school programs and summer camps that pair martial arts training with arts and craft projects for children.
With its plush leather couches and chairs, rich mahogany tables, antique-style lamps, and dark rugs embroidered with leaf patterns, the relaxation room at Invigo Day Spa resembles a cozy den. It’s a place where guests waiting for a massage, facial, or body scrub go to unwind before their treatments and sip a cup of Octavia Tea Company's loose-leaf relaxation teas. Once visitors leave this calming room, they're led into the capable hands of one of the experienced massage therapists and aestheticians for further relaxation.
Using products from the all-natural Pevonia Botanica skincare line, the beauty experts perform 15 facials and peel treatments designed to treat issues ranging from dehydrated skin to clogged pores. They also shroud bodies in wraps infused with water lilies, green tea, mango, and aromatic Moor mud, and massage therapists knead tension from muscles using seven modalities. Each massage includes aromatherapy, hot towels, and at least three compliments about your hair.
To date, 463 is the number of pounds that Pure Energy Fitness founder Cynthia Florence has helped her clients lose, and it's still growing. Weight loss has been a passion of Cynthia's ever since she spent years struggling with her own health and weight issues. As a certified personal trainer, nutritional specialist, and holistic health coach, she shares her knowledge with anyone hoping to improve their overall quality of life.
Cynthia's fellow instructors at Pure Energy Fitness also lend their expertise via one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. The latter includes core-strengthening workouts, Piloxing's blend of muscle-toning Pilates and boxing techniques, and cardio-intensive Zumba sessions, which use simple dance choreography and energetic Latin music to get hearts pumping.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Helmed by Grandmaster Samane, Pro Martial Arts teaches a curriculum of values that goes beyond fighting skills. Whether they're there to get in shape or gain some self-esteem, students also study the intangible arts, building foundations for quiet confidence, self-discipline, and mental focus. Burning through up to 750 calories in a single session, the studio's high-intensity kickboxing classes condition bodies and minds alike with a blend of muscle-building drills, martial arts techniques, and motivational coaching. When they're not busy helping students tone up and lose weight, the instructors also lead traditional lessons inspired by the Korean arts of tae kwon do, tang soo do, and hapkido, and run bullying prevention programs for children and teens.