As a member of Black Belt Schools International, Karate 4 Kidz of Newtown offers kids, adults, and teens the latest in self-defense techniques and exercise science. Chief instructor Jay Cruz has been training internationally in martial arts for more than 25 years and uses his knowledge and experience to help build students' confidence and physical abilities. Cruz specializes in muay thai and other types of kickboxing, and he also offers resistance-band classes, karate for kids as young as 3, and sessions designed for special-needs children.
Master Tom McGonigal has traveled the world, training and competing in multiple martial arts disciplines. But a martialist is nothing if he doesn't pass on his knowledge, so today, he teaches both kids and adults at Tom McGonigal's MMA. Students take classes such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and cardio kickboxing, and training focuses on respect, discipline, and self defense.
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.
Reformers, Wunda Chairs, Cadillacs, and Ladder Barrels. While it might sound like a line from the classic novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it is in fact a list of the Pilates equipment within Chi Balance Center. Each bizarrely, wonderfully named device performs a different function, helping bodies to engage their core more deeply as they build muscle throughout. The staff offers far more than just Pilates, treating ears to the Latin rhythms of Zumba, spines to Chiropractic ministrations, and musculature to therapeutic massage.
Students should bring: Bottle of water, yoga mat, towel, and high motivation
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Though Dan Campos has been playing baseball and other sports most of his life, after high school he knew he could still be in better shape. After losing 65 pounds, he decided to enter a natural-bodybuilding competition and fell in love with the sport. Today he’s a professional bodybuilder and spends his downtime training others at Dan Campos Fitness. While bodybuilding is his focus, Campos's training methods range from individual training—onsite or in-home—to group boot-camp classes. He even provides online nutritional counseling, which includes tips for eating healthy and downloadable restraining orders against cake itself. Campos's flexible approach has created some loyal clients, including one whom he helped to lose 200 pounds over two years.