Undefeated muay-thai master Andy Singh brings the techniques he perfected while winning eight championships with him when instructing students in the powerful kicks and lightning-fast blows for which his art is renowned. In Singh's brightly lit gym, traditional boxing gloves cushion students' hands as the aspiring martial artists study and spar across the red, padded floor. Occasionally, Singh assembles his classes in standing circles around him as he demonstrates a technique, which students can observe from all angles, whether it’s a particularly difficult kick or a strategy for dominating the dance floor at prom.
When he was 5, Gustavo Larrea took his first martial-arts class, embarking on the long journey that would eventually lead him to open Larrea Mixed Martial Arts. But he wasn't content with only a second-degree black belt in shotokan karate and kickboxing; instead, he kept learning, studying Brazilian jujitsu under Renzo Gracie—a member of that sport's first family—and being tutored in mixed martial arts by pro coach Keith Trimble. He and his staff seek to pass on what they've learned through kids' martial-arts classes that teach respect and discipline and kickboxing fitness classes that use punches and kicks to vanquish calories. Their jujitsu and MMA classes ensure students have the confidence to enter the octagon cage that guards their TV remote. No matter the fighting style, instructors ensure that students proper technique, build lasting endurance, and learn the life skills of goal setting, concentration, leadership, and self-discipline so integral to all of the martial arts.
Members of Synergy Fitness Clubs thrive on choice. Choice of location? There are nine. Choice of activity? Instructors lead classes in almost any form of exercise imaginable, such as power sculpt, full-body circuits, and intense cycling. To make sure that members are making the choices that will help reach their fitness goals the fastest, the clubs are staffed with more than 100 lifestyle coaches. These pros are continually educated in their fields of specialty—which might mean nutrition counseling, yoga, or boxing.
A wide slate of equipment and amenities makes it as easy as possible to fit in workouts. Most locations are open 24 hours, and while parents lift free weights or dance a beautiful tango with a Precor elliptical, their kids can hang out in a free childcare room.
Bella Forma Pilates's owner Carla Sacken—a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer with more than 20 years of experience—shares her passion for Pilates, helping to benefit bodies of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels with the total-body toning regimen. Complementing standard Pilates routines, Carla's barre forma classes combine cardiovascular exercise with body-sculpting work at the studio's ballet barre. Carla ups students' heart rates through a series of rapid isometric and isotonic movements, performed at the barre in front of mirrors so you can check the accuracy of your technique or play peekaboo with your reflection. With regular practice, students can see an improvement in their core strength, posture, balance, and flexibility.
In the 1989 classic Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler declared kickboxing "the sport of the future." At Fitness Kickboxing's four locations, the future is now. Unlike Lloyd's quest for combat excellence, the students at these gyms dedicate themselves to a more peaceful goal: physical fitness. Instead of sparring with an opponent, they take their frustrations out on heavy bags, striking and kicking their way toward increased fitness and decreased poundage.
Kickboxing.com represents a conglomeration of schools from all around the world, including locations in America, Japan, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic. They focus on high-quality training from different disciplines of martial arts that range from kenpo karate to capoeira and taekwondo. Each school combines the art of kicking with the basis of Western boxing to create devastating combinations that use every limb.