The history of the punch is only slightly longer than that of tae kwon do, a fighting art whose origin lies some 4,000 years into Korea?s past. Throughout millennia, tae kwon do evolved through the stewardship of many masters, whose personal touch created many branches of the martial art. Grand Master Won-kuk Lee developed the chung do kwan school, and from this bough of the tae kwon do tree sprouts the style taught at Tiger Rock Academy.
The instructors splice the art?s ancient tenets with modern sports science to develop programs that implant athleticism, discipline, and self-confidence in students of all ages. Grappling and han mu do classes introduce the softer techniques of joint locks, takedowns, throws, and singing lullabies until an opponent falls sleep. Students condition their bodies for combat through exercise classes such as Kisado interval fitness training and YogaFit courses, in which students must yogafit into luggage of various shapes and sizes.
Exercisers burn up to 600 calories during Jazzercise, Inc.’s 60-minute total-body workouts, which meld moves from diverse realms such as jazz dance, kickboxing, and yoga. Set to a medley of popular tunes, sessions are open to all skill levels and start off with a gentle warm-up before 30 minutes of cardio, strength training, and a closing stretching segment. The discontinuation of the Nobel Prize in Jazzercise ensures a noncompetitive class atmosphere, and whippersnappers aged 4–12 can get in on the fun during Juniors Jazzercise classes.
True to its name, Sound Method Yoga encourages its community of yogateers to embrace relaxed, effective stretches as opposed to putting their bodies through undue strain trying to bend their legs into necklaces. Instructors—all of whom hold 200-hour certifications, and some of whom have been teaching for more than 10 years—encourage students to practice safely at their own pace and focus on linking movements with deep, mindful breaths. This confluence of breath and posture lays the foundation for each Vinyasa class, from the beginner-friendly basics session to more rigorous hours designed to build flexibility, bus-hurling strength, and conga-line-inspiring heartbeats. Yin flow fusion classes rank among the most popular at the studio, with a focus on liberating tight areas of the body through sustained postures and artful sequencing.
With the sole mission of priming lean, healthy bodies, Forged Fit Camp hosts fitness classes and assessments at a handful of indoor locations. During the marquee boot-camp course, instructors motivate students of all fitness levels through a 45-minute routine of high-intensity moves that elicit more sweat than a polygraph-testing facility inside a volcano. The staff also bring their health-consciousness to companies, leading onsite fitness classes and assessments to boost employees’ energy, camaraderie, and self-confidence. As boot campers physically advance, they can enlist in The Forged Athlete program, the utmost level of physical commitment, tailored to those training for football, wrestling, MMA, and speed balloon-animal making.
Body Masters, Inc. was co-named the city's Best Personal Training Facility by readers of Omaha Magazine in 2014. Part of the credit goes to the studio's team of certified personal trainers, who preach accountability and devise workouts to match any number of fitness goals. But some credit should also go to the facility itself. Furnished with an array of top-of-the-line fitness equipment, the studio offers no shortage of workout possibilities. There are truck tires to hurl, racks of weights to lift, and a plot of artificial turf studded with dandelions that need pulling.
The Fat Trainer—whose real name is Laura—is a title that comes from a mantra she used to remind herself to persevere: "Not all trainers started out thin." Laura once weighed 270 pounds, and she began sharing her knowledge with others when she saw results. At 225 pounds, she became a certified personal trainer and, after losing another 10 pounds, started leading fitness boot camps. With this knowledge of weight-loss struggles, she continues training others at The Fat Trainer, where she also arms clients with nutrition plans and home workout regimens. Through all of these activities, Laura accomplishes what she says is the most fulfilling part of her job: helping clients feel happy and healthy.