Subversion Fitness helps those with fitness goals build stronger, firmer bodies through a roster of nine varied, boutique-style fitness classes. Spandex-clad soldiers join blistering boot-camp classes, scheduled as 40-minute midday sessions or early-bird meetings for out-of-shape ospreys. Instructors impart kinesthetic wisdom and lead clients in developing long, lean muscles through ballet-influenced barre body sessions, or empower students to push and pull their own body weight through TRX suspension training. Class participants also sweat during the confidence-bestowing moves of a cardio-kickboxing session or the fun, Latin-inspired Zumba dance class. Subversion's fitness fiends embrace a host of green techniques and practices, instituting a paperless paradigm, recycling water bottles, and adopting a filtration system for the coolers full of water that they dump on instructors after each successful class.
Since 2000, Daddis Fight Camps has equipped thousands of students with the tools to be more confident and more effective in self-defense scenarios. Helmed by founder Brad Daddis, the Philadelphia- and New Jersey-based operation works with individuals all ages, genders, and athletic abilities. An assorted selection of programs speaks to that diversity, and includes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Boxing, and even a Tactical Urban Defense course. In that, students learn practical self-defense techniques, specifically those in close quarters combat they can use against a mugger or particularly tight blood-pressure cuff.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the month-long trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
At Martial Arts and Leadership Academy, traditional martial-arts programs aren't inflexible. They can be suited to a student's goals, whether they're to lose weight and build muscle tone or hone self-defense skills and mental fortitude. To this end, Master Scott Barnabie and his instructors helm multidisciplinary martial-arts programs designed for children or families. They also lead classes in kickboxing, which blends elements of judo, muay thai, karate, and kung fu.
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.
Like a fevered drum solo, gloves crack against a shuddering speed bag. In the corner, the familiar whoosh-slap of a jump rope sounds off. And inside the ring, shoes quietly shuffle against the canvas as a pair of fighters square off. Such is the scene each day at It's On! Boxing/MMA, where aspiring fighters and fitness seekers alike convene to prepare for a bout, hone their self-defense skills, or put themselves through a core-tightening, calorie-burning workout. The gym offers training programs for kids 5–13, as well as a core rotation of adult classes that include basic boxing, muay thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and boxing classes designed specifically for women.