Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
A tough upbringing didn't stop Lincoln Wallace from achieving a happy, successful life. Now a seventh-degree black belt in karate, Lincoln opened Wallace Fitness to help others reach their fitness goals, and he wrote a book intended to inspire others to stay positive and achieve their own ambitions even when the cards seem stacked against them.
At Wallace Fitness, Lincoln Wallace and wife Siné, who is also a black belt, lead pulse-pumping personal training, self-defense, and strength-training sessions. Classes and personal-training sessions employ kickboxing workouts, TRX suspension cables, and interval training to spark the metabolism, burn fat, and build lean muscle mass.
Master Chon’s passion for martial arts began at age 4. He attended an actual tae kwon do school through high school, and even earned a bachelor’s degree in the martial-art form. Master Chon wears a sixth-degree Korean black belt and spent time as the conditioning coach for the Korean Olympic tae kwon do team. He also earned a master’s degree in special education, and has combined his talents to help special-needs children blossom during structured tae kwon do classes. Other classes are geared toward preschoolers, adults, and women wanting to learn self-defense moves.
The instructors of Central Florida Kumite & Martial Arts lead students of all levels through shito-ryu karate. They help adults and children build strength, discipline, and self-confidence by learning ancient forms and techniques. The occasional weapons workshop allows students time to practice with nunchucks and canes.
As an ex-NFL athlete, Danny Tolbert Jr. has trained fellow gridiron stars, including Terrell Buckley, Brandon Jacobs, and Johnathan Joseph. Through 24CoreFit, Danny helps craft fitness programs that use small daily changes to produce healthier and happier lives. After an initial 15-minute phone conversation, Danny can help craft a fitness program, then lead long-distance training sessions through Skype. Danny also helms blistering boot-camp sessions and can lend his expertise for nutritional counseling, meal planning, or stress-management programs.