The muffled thuds of boxing gloves pummeling headgear or backs blasting into floor mats resound throughout Strong Style's steel- and chain-link-clad gym. Child and adult classes fuse moves from the judo, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu traditions as students throw punches and kicks or discuss international politics while grappling in two full-size boxing rings. Conditioning classes work the entire body with functional training tools such as weighted ropes, TRX suspension straps, and improbably huge truck tires, previously Paul Bunyan's rollerblade wheels. To zero in on individual fitness goals, clients may schedule personal-training sessions or design their own workouts using the facility's weights and cardio machines.
So much more than just teaching kids self-defense, martial arts develop invaluable real-world skills such as respect, self-discipline, and understanding every reference in The Karate Kid. At ATA Martial Arts, instructors work with kids as young as 4 years old to begin developing the skills and mindset necessary to move through the rainbow of belts.
More than 10 years ago, a young couple dreamed up Titans Gym—a 24-hour facility that would house exercise equipment, tanning services, and a cafe teeming with nutritious snacks. Since then, Geoff and Niki DelGrosso have laid the bricks of that ambition, packing their two gyms with row upon row of advanced Strive, Precor, and Magnum equipment and three levels of professional tanning beds. The duo hired a team of fitness instructors to lead an abundance of group exercise classes, personal-training sessions, and surprise games of Red Rover in their private studios. To refuel exercisers, the onsite Titan Up café serves up a dietician-designed menu of wholesome smoothies, pizzas, and desserts. In the end, the couple's efforts have earned accolades from numerous fitness media publications, and their studios have won the title of Best Urban Gym from Cleveland Scene magazine.
The instructors at U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy are rightfully proud of their educational lineage—most can trace their line of training back to the founders of the fighting styles they teach. Students as young as 4 years old can join in this illustrious tradition, learning from masters of northern shaolin, yang-style tai chi, seven star praying mantis, and pao ting shuai chiao. Whether they focus on the kicks and punches of kung fu or the grappling and wrestling of shuai chiao, students practice an elite sport that demands nothing but the best through tireless training and, unlike baseball, specifically forbids horses from playing in the rulebook.
Through Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Kumdo, the instructors at Parma Family Martial Arts Center seek to imbue students of all ages with the values of courage, honor, respect, and discipline. Taekwondo and Hapkido classes impart martial arts techniques to students divided by age group, and Kumdo classes teach teens and adults in the art of Korean sword-fighting. Martial arts fitness classes geared toward adults offer practical workouts, such as cardio and ab exercises to keep participants in shape and kickboxing lessons that teach effective strategies for disposing of malfunctioning office appliances.
Newly opened K2 Fitness is a fitness center that wants to help its members get into the best shape of their lives. Certified trainer Jason Kouvaras runs the gym, as well as offers challenging personal-training sessions. With free weights and machines on the floor, and group fitness classes such as spinning, boot camp, yoga, and boxing, clients will have everything they need to burn calories and work up a sweat.