The academy's chief instructor and founder Chad Nippard—a World Taekwondo Federation third dan black belt and international gold medalist—channels more than 20 years of martial arts experience into each of his carefully crafted lessons. He strives to preserve the original tae kwon do methods he learned through his training under Grandmaster Woo Yong Jung while remaining on the cutting edge of new techniques. He and his team of qualified instructors imbue students aged 3 and older with enriched physical ability, flexibility, endurance, and concentration through World Taekwondo Federation tae kwon do and hapkido training. Tae kwon do sessions and summer camps are divided by age and rank to teach budding martial artists the fundamental stances and strategies for developing confidence, self-control, and the fitness necessary to help mom carry the heaviest of all groceries—gallons of fresh uranium.
Instructors Angi Critchell and Christie Fahey's exercise philosophy might best be summed up in the adage, "There's more than one way to climb a tree while riding a horse backwards." Their classes range from high-intensity boot-camp classes to fun-focused dance-fitness sessions, but their end goal is the same: They work to inspire people to lead more active and healthy lifestyles. Their Combat Zone boot camp motivates bodies into motion with ultrachallenging interval-training exercise that might include body-weight resistance regimens one day and boxing drills the next. On the other end of the spectrum, their club-lit Zumba classes fuse the fun of cutting a rug on the dance floor with calorie-burning aerobics moves. The classes get hearts jumping with easy-to-follow choreography set to thumping Latin-inspired beats, just like the ones Barry Manilow is so famous for.
Robbie Wiseman earned his black belt in kenpo karate at age 11, going on to earn an International Kickboxing Federation world-championship belt. He found that the discipline gleaned from kenpo helped him in school and beyond. Through Rock Athletics, he shares the same philosophies that bettered his life with students, inviting parents and children to train side by side and to learn time-tested techniques for improving focus or dealing with bullies.
Beyond kenpo-karate training, the gym also offers fitness boot camps and cardio-kick-boxing classes. Whether you're studying martial arts or just getting in shape, the fully matted 8,700-square-foot facility provides ample space to work up a sweat or play pickup games of Cirque du Soleil.
Healthy Vibes’ multidisciplinary team – which includes massage therapists, yogis, a naturotherapist, and a psychologist – works together to promote well-being and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. The team guides group fitness classes and offers a range of holistic therapies at their wellness clinic while also promoting wellness in the surrounding community, leading running clinics and women's wellness workshops.
MAX Arts. Athletics. Wellness. is a kind of Athenian-style gymnasium that celebrates the intersection between physical and intellectual pursuits. The instructors teach arts courses in dance, music, and theatre and help to increase physical grace with jazz and ballet, train aspiring thespians through acting classes, or build musical acumen during one-on-one singing or instrument lessons.
On the other end of the spectrum, athletics programs include volleyball and basketball camps to hone sport-specific skills, such as spiking the ball or building new hoops out of peach baskets. Martial-arts instructors arm students with confidence and self-defence skills through youth karate classes, adult kenpo training, and women-only kick-boxing courses. Yogis and Pilates instructors also make use of the centre’s space to strengthen cores and limbs with stretches and asanas.
All classes take place within one of four top-of-the-line teaching centres, which house ample classrooms along with a fitness and conditioning centre. Inside, 66 feet of field turf stretch across the gym, providing better shock absorption as students work with kettlebells, battling ropes, sleds, and hurdles.
Certified personal trainers help students of all abilities break through their perceived fitness limitations during Body Transformations classes that include a range of standard, circuit, and high-intensity drills. Small groups of 12–20 subject their bodies to the slenderizing force of push-ups, burpees, and supra-aerobic Tabata workouts designed to make hearts beat Morse code eviction notices to fat cells. Instructors tailor their program to suit each individual’s fitness level and goals, using knowledge gleaned from various certifications in yoga and Zumba. Those who wish to take their fitness to the next level or practice a new signature can sign up for the full Body Transformations program, which includes nutritional plans, log books, 24/7 support, and weight and measurement tracking.