Instead of packing into a crowded, steamy gym, clients of Precision Fitness work out in the comfort of their own homes. Its trainers head to local abodes for personal or small-group training or to Beardsley Park for group boot-camp workouts in the fresh air.
Heiwado translates to “the way of peace and harmony,” and the students at this dojo don’t go looking for trouble. Instead, they focus on challenging themselves—getting into shape through rigorous martial-arts-flavored fitness and self-defense classes. Students soak up techniques developed by Sensei Antrone Kelley, who has whittled away the arbitrary elements of karate, muay thai, and kickboxing and combined the useful remainder into a refined fighting form, effective in the ring or on the street.
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.
UFC Gym's staff features a team of professional fighters who come from backgrounds as boxers, mix martial artists, professional Muy Thai fighters, and Bruce Banners.The proprietary style of the UFC Gym workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-Earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists can burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks. The instructors demonstrate as students practice techniques on 150-pound punching bags. The facility includes a regulation-sized boxing ring, quarter octagon, full weight room, cardio equipment, and showers for both men and women. Session sizes are kept to a minimum, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle-royale numbers.
Seven days a week, Studio M Dance Fitness invites patrons to let go of inhibitions and hone health and wellness through joyful dance workouts such as Zumba, Polynesian hula, and sweat-inducing step classes. Before settling down with her husband and three daughters in Westport, Cook Islands native, Emm Koteka-Wiki, spent 16 years trotting across the globe with her family, teaching dance and fitness classes in each country through which she passed. Today the certified Zumba instructor takes the studio's center stage to guide students of all ages and abilities through workouts that disguise their traditional cardiovascular-exercise qualities with smile-educing dance moves. An inspiring mix of Latin and international beats spill from the sound systems, causing fists to pump, hips to shake, and feet to glide their way over the 3,600-square-foot floating dance floor. For a well-rounded regimen, Studio M Dance Fitness also hosts soothing yoga classes and heart-pumping boot-camp sessions that strengthen muscles and prevent boredom with a mixed syllabus of resistance moves, running exercises, and motivational compliments shouted from megaphones without anyone behind them.