Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first AmeriKick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, AmeriKick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
The certified trainers at MMAXOUT Fitness know that a repetitive workout will not only become boring, but it will also stop producing the results it once did. That’s why they strive to keep their clients’ fitness plans fresh through a five-prong workout regimen. By running athletes through interval training, resistance exercises, flexibility and breathing routines, martial-arts-inspired moves, and all-in-one workouts, clients never get bored and their bodies continually improve. And rather than letting visitors loose on a room full of confusing equipment, the centers gain their power from the staff members themselves—seasoned and certified fitness coaches with years of experience who know how to tailor workouts to each individual and their goals, whether it's more muscle, a trimmer physique, or simply the strength to push a double-parked sedan out of their parking spot.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. They're ready to help you reach your goal, whether it's to lose a pants size or set the record for number of Ecto Cooler boxes crushed in 60 seconds. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Philadelphia Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, racquet sports, babysitting services, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
At Competitive Edge Martial Arts, boxers pound out a repetitive rhythm on the speed bag while muay thai students land fearsome flying knee kicks. A staff of competitive fighters and past national champions introduce students to the subtle movements of tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and traditional western boxing. Instructors also can personalize training with one-on-one instruction.
For some, hearing “boot camp” conjures up images of red-faced drill sergeants and grueling obstacle courses. At Ambler Bootcamp, nationally certified personal trainer Blair Baxter tries to keep the mood a bit lighter. His supportive approach to fitness is visible during indoor camps and personal-training sessions, where his fun mix of cardio, strength training, and core exercises help keep muscles and minds engaged. To implement these workouts, he rolls out dumbbells, kettlebells, ropes, and TRX suspension-training gear—which encourages stretching—as well as a poster of a kitten hanging from a tree.