Most gyms don't limit their membership enrollment, which is why Meridian's Bodies in Motion does. By managing their member count, the workout areas are less crowded and visitors can step right up to machines without wasting precious calorie-burning minutes waiting in line. The staff can focus on keeping the facility clean and getting acquainted with clients, adding personal touches such as greeting members by name every time they enter and swipe their membership card, which means "hello" in several languages.
At each facility, a team of certified fitness instructors encourages exercise efforts during an array of group classes, including Zumba, spin, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and cross-training. The certified personal trainers devise customized workout routines and monitor exercisers' forms as they carve muscles lifting free weights and slim down on cardio and strength-training equipment from Icarian, Hammer Strength, Precor, and FreeMotion. Special features—such as racquetball courts, swimming pools, saunas, indoor basketball courts, boxing rings, childcare, and cuddly kitten pits—vary depending on location.
Sensei Takashi Hasegawa, a third-degree black belt, instructs kids and adults in the ancient art of karate at Kyokushin Karate. Classes are catered to kids (aged 4–6 and 7–12) and adults (aged 13+), with some classes emphasizing sparring.
When Darren Levine received his first Krav Maga black belt in 1984, he wasn't the first man to have worn that particular piece of fabric. The belt originally belonged to the man presenting it to him: Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. Darren had had the good fortune of learning the self-defense technique from Imi himself, and eventually became one of Imi's most trusted practitioners, developing training programs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and military personnel throughout the U.S.
In 1998, just one year after his beloved mentor passed away, Darren founded Krav Maga Worldwide to meet growing demand from curious civilians. The hand-to-hand technique is focused on reacting to realistic attacks, and teachers use scenarios inspired by everything from military combat, to late-night walks alone, to heated matches of Whac-A-Mole. Darren and his team lead various programs tailored for law enforcement and military members, women, fitness buffs, and even children, and they also offer certification programs for those looking to become instructors.
Founded by a Brazilian jujitsu black belt, the instructors at PKG Training Center work with students of all experience levels to build a strong foundation in the martial arts, get in great shape, and see transformative results. Taking a unique approach to learning, the instructors not only share their vast knowledge, but also help their pupils get outside of their comfort zones—the place where results and transformations are achieved. Classes are offered in five disciplines: mixed-martial arts, kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, and Brazilian juitsu, in addition to one-on-one training for accelerated results.
By combining CrossFit workouts and self-defense programs under the same roof, A4 Fitness hopes to provide a broad range of opportunities for clients seeking to bolster their overall wellbeing or master a new set of skills. Each CrossFit session combines elements of weight lifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity interval training. The ever-changing nature of the workouts challenges attendees to push their limits and improve their endurance, strength, and balance over time. Martial arts lessons, meanwhile, draw from an eclectic array of styles; visitors can learn to perform the knee and elbow strikes of muay thai, the nimble footwork of traditional boxing, or the practical self-defense techniques of anything from jiu jitsu to tae kwon do.
Above all else, the gym's staff members emphasize safety. To that end, they keep class sizes small?roughly one instructor for every six students?which ensures that they can continually monitor everyone's technique while providing corrections, suggestions, and celebratory bear hugs when needed.
Medal-winning professional athlete and Taekwondo trainer Ladan H. Sefat has spent more than 30 years discovering new ways to not only stay in shape, but also rehabilitate and prevent injury. In the last 20 years, she's worked as a fitness coach and pain-management therapist. At Ladan's Fitness & Healing Club, she uses her diverse background and wealth of experience to lead a team of fitness instructors, weight-loss experts, and therapists. The center's many services all take a holistic approach to wellness, empowering guests to pursue healthier lifestyles. Classes range from Taekwondo training to high-energy Zumba, which gets bodies in shape without using aggressive resistance machines or robot drill sergeants.