For the instructors at Dragonfly Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do is more than self-defense: it's also a way to increase confidence, social skills, and health. They teach this and more during the 45-minute classes, which are held in a spacious studio with student dressing rooms and a large waiting room for family members.
Fierce Fitness's Commit to Be Fit boot camp blasts bodies with high-energy kickboxing workouts, interval training, and a nutritional program to impart a well-rounded fitness plan to participants of all abilities. The six-week athletic adventure begins with an orientation, measurements, and body-composition analysis in which torsos scribe essays on shape shifting. Classes consist of routines that are designed to increase endurance and core strength while sculpting and toning limbs in order to deliver pink slips to stunt doubles.
The black-belt instructors at Way of Life Taekwondo & Fitness Arts lead students ages 3 and older through the crescent kicks, punches, and blocks of traditional and competition tae kwon do. Throughout each class, they emphasize self-confidence, fostering a positive environment where students gain strength and flexibility as well as self-defense techniques. Fully realized fitness buffs, the team instructors also help students roast calories with resistance weights and athletic equipment through Apex Fitness classes.
UFC Gym’s instructors thumb their noses at the suggestion that fighting has no place in public. They happily subvert this social convention, leading students through safe and noncontact fitness classes inspired by the pugilistic arts. Each boxing, kickboxing, or group MMA class is lead by a professional fighter, who teaches basic skills during the up-tempo, one-hour workouts. Students warm up with plyometrics before strapping on 6-ounce gloves and hitting a heavy bag with combination of kicks, knees, and elbows. Classes may burn between 800 and 1,000 calories per session, improve coordination and stamina, and increase your tolerance for listening to the theme from Rocky IV on repeat.