When students enter White Tiger Martial Art Fitness, they enter a world of meditative calm and constant physical improvement. Instructors specialize in three fitness classes: Pilates, Zumba, and Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do combines combat and self-defense techniques, teaching strong kicks, blocks, and open-hand strikes, which students practice in groups on red and blue mats. During Pilates classes, an instructor leads poses that tone core muscles as well as obscure muscles added in expansion packs, and Zumba classes crank up the volume with Latin beats.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
CrossFit coach Tim Padget doesn't want to waste your time at the gym. He believes that exercising should have a perceptible effect on a person's real life, enhancing their ability to push, pull, jump, and run. That's why he hosts CrossFit classes that?focus on functional, meaningful fitness. These classes combine weightlifting with cardio drills and even gymnastics to achieve an all-over workout that sculpts and tones the entire body. Each routine is scalable to any fitness level, so the gym welcomes beginners as well as those who can already bite a barbell in half. In fact, the coaches offer a free introductory session for first-timers.
Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness helps students cultivate a well-rounded self-defense system by providing instruction in tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, kickboxing, and certified Krav Maga. At the core of each class are fitness and self-defense. Instructors teach students of all fitness levels and who range from 2.5-year-olds to senior citizens. Asian Sun Marital Arts and Fitness' team of expert black belt instructors have also boosted the popularity of its Cardio Fit Kickboxing classes, which have sculpted lean, strong muscles for participants since 1994.
PLX Fit Club's trainers try to cater to every kind of exerciser. Those more motivated by a group setting gather at the studio's wood-floored loft space, finding a diverse menu of classes from yoga and tabata to kettlebell classes and contact kickboxing. Traditional gym accoutrements can also be enjoyed, including strength and cardio machines that members can use as they see fit. To keep even individual workouts interesting, trainers cook up and post a Workout of the Day for anyone to follow.
Eight hundred. That's the estimate of how many calories students can burn during each of the fitness classes, held four times a week at Dynamic Cardio-Kickboxing. The instructors lead groups through 60-minute classes that combine muscle-toning kickboxing moves with calorie-burning cardiovascular exercise. Other benefits of the classes include increased flexibility and knowledge of self-defense techniques.