9Round gym takes its name from its signature kickboxing workout, a continuous circuit of nine workout stations perpetually overseen by personal trainers. Students jump into whichever station happens to be occurring whenever they show up to the class, the trainers always ready to start coaching. The workout takes about thirty minutes, and involves heavy bags, speed bags, medicine balls, and, of course, punching and kicking. The Margate location features shiny black leather equipment, which only loses its gleam by being repeatedly pounded up against the exposed brick walls.
With 32 years of mixed-martial-arts training under his master fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, Mark Sinopoli has garnered an international reputation for the depth of his martial-arts knowledge and skill. At StrikeGym, this three-time kickboxing champion in both the United States and Canada leads a team of certified trainers that boasts champions from the spheres of bodybuilding, boxing, and powerlifting. The instructors believe that discipline of the mind is paramount to success, motivating clients of all ages and abilities to blast through self-doubt with a vigorous roster of martial-arts training and fitness classes. They teach students to properly punch, kick, and dodge spring-loaded boxing gloves during MMA, boxing, and kickboxing classes, as well as marry strength training, cardio, and dynamic stretches in their signature fight-conditioning classes. During kids' martial-arts classes—a belt-earning tae kwon do system—trainers teach little ones self-defense, self-confidence, coordination, discipline, and safe ways to expel pent-up energy.
StrikeGym brims with cutting-edge workout gear and equipment, including 24 heavy boxing bags and MMA bags. It also boasts fully equipped cardio and weight rooms, along with a large outdoor area for boot-camp classes and training. The gym also contains a wrestling cage, a full-size boxing ring, and expansive mats for Zumba, martial-arts, and specialty classes.
Black heavy bags sway from the force of powerful roundhouse kicks and rapid-fire jabs. Next to them, on the padded black-and-red-checkered floor, groups perform squats clenching dumbbells and sit-ups while palming kettlebells. These and similar exercises occur during Round 2 Kickboxing's five fitness classes—45- to 60-minute sessions filled with core blasting moves culled from boot-camp and boxing training regimens.
The gym's philosophy is to get the most out of the least exertion, believing the body needs energy left over to heal, get stronger, and power home generators. Mixing up exercises and routines, the instructors make it easier to continue with their programs and reach goals. For a customized fitness experience, personal trainers work directly with clients. Kids can also relieve stress from long hours at the lemonade stand by pummeling heavy bags in kickboxing classes that fuse tae kwon do, muay thai, and jujitsu.
Sixth-degree black belt Walter Swaney heads the instruction at American TKD Martial Arts, a facility with training programs for kids, teens, and adults. Swaney and his team's teachings include korean martial arts such as tae kwon do, hapkido, and haidong gumdo, which incorporates swordplay. There are also kickboxing classes for students who want to burn calories instead of learn how to defend Earth from the alien invasion.
Kickboxing uses the entire body: arms and legs strike out with speed and force, the core controls all the motions, and the brain decides where the next blow should land. Kickboxing Sunrise's instructors turn this competitive martial art into a 40-minute fitness regimen, available Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. They recommend the exercise as an intense cardio workout that simultaneously tones the body and teaches you how to terraform sandy beaches with your fists.
The children's after-school program at Kumite Martial Arts focuses on the most important body part when it comes to self-defense: the brain. Students are either dropped off at the gym or picked up from school by one of its vehicles. They then settle into supervised study time, during which they read and complete their homework. Lastly, instructors lead them through martial-arts training that builds confidence, mental focus, and leadership skills.
The adults don't have to do homework, but they do learn a variety of techniques from the gym's head trainer and competitive kickboxer, Scott Mukaddam. He and his team cover jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing drills, thereby combining martial arts schooling with fitness workouts.