In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.
Between the exposed brick walls of 9Round's kickboxing gym, trainers rely on old-school, proven techniques to give members a full-body workout during 30-minute programs. It's an ever-changing set of exercises designed to keep members engaged and motivated while pummeling heavy bags with measured kicks or rhythmically striking speed bags with fists. The gym works on a fluid schedule to accommodate everyone, so there's no class time, just trainers and plenty of kettlebells, jump ropes, and free weights to use during each nine-station circuit-training session.
At Journey Cycling and Fitness Studio, a team of certified instructors lead serious indoor cycling and body-conditioning classes. Participants listen to upbeat music during cycling classes. Tabata classes introduce a high-intensity interval version of indoor cycling that provides a more strenuous workout. Alternatively, clients can also sign up for challenging classes that incorporate plyometrics, kettlebells, agility workouts, and other functional exercises to transform bodies.
Charleston Krav Maga is Charleston’s largest self-defense and martial arts studio with the honor of being the only Krav Maga Worldwide Studio in South Carolina and one of two American Fighter MMA & Fitness Centers in the nation. Our members range from three-years-old to, well, much older than AARP requirements. Certified
At Arts For Fitness, students can take tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and yoga classes or go at their own pace in the 24-hour gym facilities. Highly experienced teachers lead the classes in a fun, welcoming environment. For instance, the studio's yoga instructor, Chi, has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 1990s and has studied under yoga masters Nicky Knoff and James Bryan.