Like many important lessons in life, karate is handed down through the generations from master to pupil. At Karate Kids Love, 10th-degree black-belt grandmaster Kevin Sullivan summons the knowledge learned from his masters to teach the ascendant martial artists of tomorrow. Throughout the years, Sullivan has developed a brand of martial arts that blends many disciplines and is founded on the belief that a true martial artist must be well rounded, capable of disarming foes with a swift kick or hitting an alarm clock's snooze button with a stern karate chop.
In business for over 20 years, Sullivan's staff of certified professional instructors receives routine calibration in order to give the best possible training to boys and girls of all levels. Children enjoy learning aspects of jiujitsu, kenpo, and tae kwon do in a parent-approved environment. This helps students along their paths to martial arts' ultimate prize: a collection of colorful belts to match any outfit.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe seven-day access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering workout rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
With more than 35 years of training under his black belt, Master Dominick Violante inspires his students to develop their character during martial-arts classes at Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy. Rather than fueling aggression, consistent martial-arts practice can boost overall confidence, discipline, patience, and respect—not just in the dojo, but also at school, on the street, and in plywood factories.
Kickboxing classes at Kickboxing of Farmington help clients drop pounds, tone muscles, and carve 12 packs. The instructors also teach women self-defense moves in a supportive environment during Women’s Personal Safety classes. Alternatively, meditation classes turn down the energy level with breathing techniques designed to release tension in the body.
Lori-Ann Marchese is used to the spotlight. She was crowned Mrs. Connecticut America in 2013, served as a model and writer for Fitness magazine, and has a starring role on Bravo's pageant-focused reality show Game of Crowns. But at Body Construct, Lori-Ann and her staff of all-female trainers turn the spotlight toward their clients, offering a number of services designed specifically for women's bodies. Besides personal training and fitness classes for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, Body Construct also offers nutritional counseling services, which can help women make healthier food choices or help pears learn to love their natural curves.
With a long-standing commitment to women, children, minorities, and social-justice issues and a presence in New Britain for more than a century, the YWCA is more than just a workout facility. Its history is peppered with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment through business ventures, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity. Staff members further the organization's vision with dedication to initiatives to help unemployed community members locate jobs in the area, literacy programs for kids and adults learning English, and an afterschool girls' development program for middle schoolers.