Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
At Wholistic Fitness, women from all walks of life strive for mind-body wellness through a variety of healing services, including psychotherapy, fitness classes, personal training, massages, and health counseling. A team of dedicated fitness instructors leads the studio's dynamic workouts, helping students sculpt lean physiques, confidence, and thumb wrestling muscles in boot-camp-style classes or yoga sessions. Wholistic Fitness keeps licensed acupuncturists on staff who aim to treat a slew of ailments, from headaches to anxiety, with the non-invasive, ancient Chinese healing method, as well as a licensed massage therapist who soothes muscles with custom massages and hot-stone treatments. They also have physical therapy services that specialize in women's pelvic floor conditions. From the comfort of a private therapy room, a clinical psychologist kindly helps women and teens cope with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, or daily stress.
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.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
During each ophthalmological exam, Dr. Heather Ford will prescribe vision-correcting lenses and analyze eye health of her patients, who range from infants to seniors. After the 30- to 60-minute examination, eyeballs can peruse Glasses Outlet's extensive selection of stylish spectacles ($119+) and customers can check out their faces' compatibility with the available frames, whether their face shape is like a triangle, a heart, or an exploding supernova star. Once frames are matched with lenses such as the Varilux Comfort invisible bifocal plastic lenses ($180/pair) or single-vision plastic lenses with anti-scratch coating ($80/pair), they should be ready for pickup in 7–10 business days.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.