Elite Edge Training Center's team of four certified personal trainers and martial arts experts adopt a science-based approach to physical training, and work in advanced facilities that are necessary to support their methods. An onsite technician helps rehabilitate visitors with Muscle Activation Technique, a biomechanical evaluation and therapy designed to improve range of motion and miming ability. Visitors can take advantage of a turf field and smooth exercise floor with features such as stationary bikes, free weights, resistance bands, hurdles, and anvil-throwing stations.
On the turf field, instructors guide students through workout basics and interval training in all-level classes such as boot camp, strength and conditioning, and cross training. During fitness kickboxing classes, they gather groups in a padded arena filled with punching bags to practice martial arts techniques interspersed with aerobic workouts. In Brazilian jiujitsu classes, black-belt instructor James Soetebeer and trainer Jake Jo elucidate grappling techniques, ground submissions, and ground striking in the no-gi style.
Seasoned bushido artist John Okochi taught Michael Issa martial arts when Issa was 6 years old. Now, the two teach together at Kaikudo Martial Arts. Although Okochi has a leg up on his pupil—he has been teaching for more than 30 years, or three presidential terms—Issa is no slouch. His certification for practicing Wudang tai chi and qigong adds a holistic element to the studio. That comes in handy during the studio's kaikudo classes, which stress discipline and mental focus in addition to the self-defense tactics of Japanese and Chinese martial arts styles such as taido karate, judo, and aikido.
Shannon Hudson began studying martial arts at the age of 7, committing to his practice until he earned black belts in two different styles along with the title of current IKF light middleweight kickboxing world champion. After he'd had the thrill of competition, Shannon decided to found a gym inspired by his own grueling boxing and kickboxing training regimens, but staged in a noncompetitive and unintimidating atmosphere.
The result is 9 Round studio and its signature 30-minute circuit consisting of nine different stations including jump roping and speed-bag work. This effective regimen combines cardio and strength-building exercises to build stamina as well as muscle tone. Dedicated trainers monitor each circuit, offering helpful guidance to attendees of any fitness or experience level and helping to boost morale with complimentary high-fives.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The gym at Delgado Boxing sounds like a percussion section: the impact of gloves on heavy bags keep the pace, and the sounds of shifting feet and jump ropes slapping the floor blend to form a cadence of their own. Featured on CNN as a model small business, Delgado Boxing is the labor of love of pro boxer Paul Delgado, who oversees boxing lessons and boot-camp workouts for adults and kids, that use pugilistic techniques and exercises, keeping the intensity at the high level one would expect from a guy with 20 victories, four knockouts, and only six naps to his name. Though the gym offers premier-level training for those whose ultimate dream is to appear in Madison Square Garden in hooded bathrobes, it welcomes aspiring boxers and fitness seekers of all stripes.
In 1992, Atlanta Kick opened as a karate dojo, teaching martial arts with an emphasis on respect, physical fitness, and discipline. By 2000, the certified trainers at Atlanta Kick had punched through the wooden planks blocking them from bringing their studio to the next level of fitness by adding boot camps. Now, 13 years later, Atlanta Kick is bigger and stronger than ever. They still teach karate classes for children and adults, but they’ve added a slew of hard-hitting fitness classes to keep their boot camps company, including CrossFit, self-defense, and kickboxing. Certified trainers help motivate clients to blast through workout plateaus.