Few names carry more weight in the martial arts world than Bruce Lee, the legendary fighter who created Jeet Kune Do and starred in classic martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon. There's a strong bond that ties him to Nubreed Martial Arts Academy—the academy's founders, Luigi Orlando Cuellar and Alexander Chan, belong to Lee's training lineage.
Unsurprisingly, the academy's instructors teach Lee's signature Jeet Kune Do, but their programs also include boxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jujitsu. To accommodate the array of classes, the 10,000-square-foot facility features a boxing ring, an MMA ring, and wooden wing chun dummies that teach students how to effectively fight a tree.
Christina Lagrega's merry-go-round of advertising and public relations jobs wasn't cutting it; she wanted a job that would make her smile. When she discovered Zumba via a late-night infomercial, she found a class the very next day. She was instantly enamored with the fitness styles' high-energy atmosphere; it blended something she'd loved and lost from her childhood?dance?with community and exercise. She quickly achieved her teacher's certification, and decided to take her devotion to the Latin-inspired fitness regimen one step further in May of 2012 by opening reMIX fitness & wellness. Here, she helps whip people into shape with her infectious passion for dance, exercise, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Now, joined by six other instructors, she expands her class offerings beyond Zumba into the realm of other signature programs, including Piloxing, yoga, and barre. Instructors also lead sessions of Bokwa, which draws from South African war dancing and capoeira to form a fusion of fitness and dance, much like bench-pressing a square dancer.
The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness's locations, open 24 hours most days of the week. The clubs' trainers also welcome exercisers looking to expand their wellness regimen, helping clients with lessons on how to safely warm up, craft a sensible nutrition plan, or block incoming phone calls from the local donut shop.
Athletes flock to Lifefit Kickboxing's more than 10 locations, which are scattered throughout New York and New Jersey, for a seemingly oxymoronic combination: expert combat training and a sense of camaraderie. As instructors help students perfect kickboxing's core moves on the studio's punching bags, they encourage them to view their fellow classmates as teammates instead of opponents or evil henchmen. The result? A welcoming atmosphere that helps keep students motivated as they conquer the calorie-torching, full-body workouts.
During all 365 days of the year, Fusion Fitness Clubs buzzes with patrons sweating in fitness classes, burning fat on cardio machines, and building muscle on weight-training equipment. As 35 treadmills, ellipticals, and Arc trainers whirr, muscles fortify with free weights and weight-training machinery. The dedicated trainers lead spinning sessions upon the seats of Schwinn Evolution bikes, and heart-thumping Latin-inspired music kick-starts aerobic dance moves in Zumba classes. Boot camps sculpt physiques with a rotating lineup of body-toning routines, and yoga classes lead bodies through poses to increase strength, flexibility, and the ability to impersonate a Celtic knot.
A private women's section hosts ladies-only workouts, so gals can further secretly discuss their plot to take over the world as they break a sweat. During one-on-one personal training sessions, certified trainers tailor curricula to best suit each client's goals, after gauging health and fitness levels in an initial complimentary assessment and thumb-wrestling match. After slashing calories solo or in group classes, patrons can refuel at the smoothie bar with natural snacks and sips.
At Queens Mixed Martial Arts, instructors emphasize not just proper form but the mental benefits of the fighting arts. The team of instructors – all active competitors with more than 40 combined years of experience – aim to build self-confidence and discipline through muay thai and brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Muay thai emphasizes knee, elbow, and ankle strikes, and Alliance brazilian jiu-jitsu classes teach that smaller opponents can take down larger opponents through superior skill and leverage, helping students develop flexibility, proper technique, cardiovascular endurance, and increased motor coordination. Children’s martial-arts classes help forge confidence and discipline, and cardio-kickboxing classes blast away calories through an unyielding assault of jabs, crosses, and roundhouse kicks.