Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
In a 6,000-square-foot studio painted with gray alleys, championship-caliber coaches infuse fledgling fencers with the dexterity, integrity, and fleet feet necessary to confidently wield sabers, épées, and foils. Several of the educators brandish their experience in world-class fencing, as coach, competitor, or mascot, while training students in tournament-style play. Private rounds with instructors help pupils work their way up to competitive duels during members-only open bouts seven days a week. Classes foster self-discipline and good sportsmanship as well as physical skills including balance, coordination, and long-distance needle threading.
Covering all the bases of body-bolstering workout regimens, Titans Fitness Clubs offers a full schedule of calorie-torching group classes and an arsenal of modern exercise equipment. A month-long membership grants fitness seekers unlimited access to Titans’ free-weight- and cardio-machine-dotted terrain as well as to any of its daily classes. Sessions on offer include Latin-flavored, dance-inspired Zumba classes and vigorous Sunday-morning kickboxing, which, like PTA meetings and group job interviews, requires members to bring their own boxing gloves. All classes last between 45 minutes and an hour. A one-hour session with one of Titans’ experienced personal trainers, meanwhile, helps aspiring torso toners set and accomplish personalized fitness goals. Titans Fitness Clubs maintains a welcoming, homey atmosphere, with perks such as free child-care, a full-service locker room, and an on-staff compliment giver.
Ellen's Fitness Studio's eponymous guru designs her programs on the principles of the Complete Feel Good System, which focuses on seven healthy elements, including results-driven classes, nutritional knowledge, and high-level support. Cyclers can burn off calories in a rousing group atmosphere to pulse-thumping sounds of synchronized pedaling during spin sessions, and seasoned cardio-kickboxing instructors challenge pupils to tone muscles and hone self-defense skills for fighting aggressive honeybees. Other regularly scheduled classes include mat Pilates and Latin dance-inspired Zumba, as well as tower and reformer Pilates classes for those opting for the one-month membership. Ellen's expert muscle mavens also drop nutritious knowledge bombs about proper dieting and simple healthy lifestyle tips to aid fitness fanatics in reclaiming control of their bodies from harmful habits and alien pod people.
At Rik Kellerman's Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy, history is headmaster. The instructors practice authentic Chinese kung-fu, using techniques based on centuries-old guidelines. The academy's preferred style, Siu Lum Hung Kuen, uses movements inspired by five animals: the dragon, the snake, the leopard, the crane, and the tiger. Together, these maneuvers display both grace and power, much like a Supreme Court justice who knows ballet.
The staff teaches students of all ages how to channel the tenets of kung-fu for self-defense. That said, classes focus less on fighting and more on cultivating a sense of family. Encouragement and camaraderie underlie every lesson, whether you're learning how to engage in hand-to-hand combat or how to wield classical weaponry. Classes at Ten Tigers are also a cultural experience—in addition to sparring moves, they might cover meditation, Chinese herbal medicine, or costumed Lion Dancing choreography.
With an arsenal of treadmills and weight-training equipment at their disposal, the personal trainers and fitness instructors at Gym 33 help clients reach their personal fitness goals. One-on-one training tailors fitness regimens to each member's needs, whether their goals include strength training or improving cardiovascular health. The gym further caters to clients' busy schedules with flexible hours and childcare.