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.
Equipment: Kettle bell, dumbbell, TRX, stroops, battling ropes, plyo box, body weight
Students should bring: Water towel clean shoes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We are here to help you reach all of your goals. But you have to take the first step. You can do it.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Filindo Colace strives to be a golf coach, not just a golf instructor. He arrived at this goal not only after leading over 1,500 golf lessons, but also from his own athletic experience. As a youngster, he was an avid hockey player and enjoyed frequent practices and near-constant supervision from coaches. Thanks to this gradual, habit-forming development, he eventually became a professional roller-hockey player. Unfortunately, that same approach isn't often seen in golf, except for at the pro level. Despite wanting to get better at their beloved game, amateurs too often expect to make huge strides by visiting the range once a week, taking the occasional one-off lesson from whichever pro is available, and sprinkling fairy dust on their drivers. In fact, all they're doing is revisiting old problems or, worse, reinforcing bad habits.
Colace wants to combat this casual approach by developing a lasting coaching relationship with clients. Following swing and short-game evaluations, he sets up his instruction as a series of weekly lessons, practice sessions, and nine-hole playing lessons. By frequently observing students' play in all manner of environments, he can teach them how to shave strokes in every facet of the game and then carry their improvement out onto the course.
On the last Saturday of each month, Robin Soll hosts a free yoga session, open to all. The gesture is typical of Robin, a certified instructor who has been blending her passion for yoga and her community since the 1970s. To encourage her neighbors to practice yoga, she also conducts custom sessions at homes and offices around the area, as well as demonstrations for businesses where employees can learn stress-management techniques that don’t involve ripping the photocopier in half with their bare hands.
Robin leads more in-depth classes at her Marlton studio, where she practices eight yoga styles, one of which relies on a combination of moves from yoga and Pilates. She introduces students to 26 fundamental poses during slow-paced Gentle Yoga sessions, while her faster Power Yoga courses plow through various movements and stretches. She also integrates blankets, blocks, and straps to meditative sessions where poses are held for long periods of time.