LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of more than 100 fitness clubs spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Experienced personal trainers are ever-present at 360 Fitness's 11,000-square-foot facility, where they create workout plans and lead an array of group classes. With yoga, Zumba, and Power Plate Acceleration Training at their fingertips, everyone from gym neophytes to off-season athletes can benefit from the gym's offerings. After their workouts, guests can sign up for a massage, check out the full-service locker room, or hang out in the steam room with a bag of carrots as a fun way to prepare their afternoon snack.
No matter how you prefer to work out, Prime Time Fitness promises the proper fitness tools. That commitment encompasses cardio equipment and free weights, fitness classes such as spinning and cardio kickboxing, and personal training with coaches who specialize in getting postnatal bodies back into shape. Exercisers can reward themselves with a protein shake after a workout or simply enjoy the alone time that onsite childcare affords.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why for the last 20 years, YB World Taekwondo Academy has been keeping them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts classes. The school’s skilled instructors offer safe, contact and no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense while students scorch calories. What's more, all tae kwon do classes are overseen by Grandmaster Kim, who claims more than 32 years of martial-arts experience. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults and children of all skill levels.