Tami, a trainer at North Augusta Martial Arts, leads groups through high-energy boot-camp sessions that quickly burn away calories. In addition to encouraging slimmer, svelter physiques, the classes improve cardiovascular health and endurance.
At Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu Augusta, second-degree black belt Joshua Miller teaches Brazilian jujitsu to students of all ages. His programs include Future Champions classes for kids aged 4–15 and a Black Belt program for advanced-level adults in need of something to hold up their pants. In addition to ample mat space, the facility also features workout equipment from Miller's sister company, CrossFit4Everyone.
For the instructors at Seigler's Karate Center, martial arts is about more than drilling strikes and forceful take-downs; it's about building confidence. With that philosophy in mind, the team aims to help people of all ages—from preschooler to retiree—overcome "I quit" attitudes with lessons emphasizing self-discipline and empathy. They exemplify martial arts' fat-burning benefits with cardio-kickboxing classes, focused workouts designed to shrink jean sizes while instilling self-defense techniques in students.
Superior Academy trains bodies to react to stressful situations with power and stamina. Its mixed martial arts training includes a variety of techniques, including Bruce Lee's jeet kune do and close-quarter defense, to help kids, teens, adults, women, and military personnel fend off would-be attackers. For those who prefer to move in a less combative art, the school also conducts salsa, ballroom, and swing lessons for solo dancers or partners.
Quantum Fitness may span 40,000 square feet, but there's barely an inch to spare. That's because 100 cardio machines—each equipped with a TV—occupy a good portion of it. And then there are the areas dedicated to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. Plus, set-apart rooms hold the nursery and childcare spaces, steam room and sauna, and executive locker rooms with massage chairs and pool tables.
The instructors at Twin Dragons Martial Arts & Fitness aren't concerned with tournaments and trophies. Instead, they spend their energies encouraging students to develop confidence, self esteem, and strength. They teach children ages 3–6 martial arts during Little Dragon sessions, which focus on teaching children basic techniques while committing them to be respectful to their families, themselves, and anyone who won't give them a cookie on-demand. Adults can also improve themselves with martial-arts classes in all belt levels, as well as fitness kickboxing and women's self defense.