The staff at It Figures takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to wellness. To get bodies in shape, exercisers can work one-on-one with personal trainers, or sweat amongst friends during yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and other group training sessions. To continue the work outside of the gym, a nutritionist teaches clients how to balance their diets and how to balance their meals atop spinning plates. With fitness and nutrition under control, the on-staff reflexologist helps bring minds and bodies into balance. And all this work can be complemented by a vitamin regimen provided by the center's naturopathic doctor, who propels clients even closer to their wellness goals.
Sluggersville?s 22,000 square-foot facility abounds with tunnels, cages, and mounds where kids and adults can hone their baseball fundamentals without ruining the yard or busting a window. Prospecting sluggers can grab a bat and swing for the fences while an automatic pitching machine casts baseballs or softballs their way. Pitchers can assume their stance on the Pro Style pitching mound and register fastballs, curveballs, and sliders to a willing catcher or Venus flytrap. Although Sluggersville is a practice facility, students can put their skills to the test as well; the facility hosts league play and camps for kids and teens.
As a member of Black Belt Schools International, Karate 4 Kidz of Newtown offers kids, adults, and teens the latest in self-defense techniques and exercise science. Chief instructor Jay Cruz has been training internationally in martial arts for more than 25 years and uses his knowledge and experience to help build students' confidence and physical abilities. Cruz specializes in muay thai and other types of kickboxing, and he also offers resistance-band classes, karate for kids as young as 3, and sessions designed for special-needs children.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Xtreme Caged Combat is no exaggeration. The 1,000-square-foot training mat has been the breeding ground for Strikeforce, Bellator, and UFC competitors. Beside its 20-foot boxing ring and free-weight and cardio floor sits Xtreme's centerpiece: 40 feet of cushioned walls and floors surrounded by a boundary of thick chain-link cage. Here, students can solicit boxing great "Fast" Eddie Chambers or MMA phenom Azunna "Zulu" Anyanwu for mentorship during Xtreme's high-energy martial-arts classes.
One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.