Within their walls, the instructors at Tiger's Den Martial Arts & Fitness preach lessons that transcend physical stamina and hard work. This is because, regardless of ability level, students also receive mental and spiritual strength from the facility's positive learning environment, which is replete with respect, common courtesy, and recognition. Boasting experienced instructors and a reputable martial-arts system with more than 5 million worldwide followers, the facility offers an array of endurance-building programs. In addition to karate, the programs include kickboxing, after-school, and pre-K classes.
The first time Lisa Leonard took a Zumba class, it was the fastest hour of her life. She?d had a blast, and it inspired her to become a certified instructor. In her classes, she leads two types of Zumba routines: traditional fitness, which fuses latin dance and exercise, and toning classes that incorporate light free weights. With each version, students learn moves that, like rickshas, are easy to follow yet still burn a lot calories.
Julie Crowell knows exactly where to take her students to get them in shape: back to school. She meets her classes at Ferguson Elementary school five days a week, and requests that each student bring their own supplies, including an exercise mat, set of dumbbells, and water. That's about all that stays the same from class to class, though. To keep bodies guessing, Julie varies the workout routine daily, making use of both paved and natural surroundings, and the occasional unsuspecting art teacher, as workout equipment.
Equipment: Agility ladders, hurdles, rings, resistance bands/tubes, battle ropes
Students should bring: An exercise mat, set of dumbbells (5-10 lbs), towel, and water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot