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.
Though the instructors at Freestyle Martial Arts Academy focus on teaching students proper martial arts techniques, they strive for more. They motivate students of all ages to whip into shape while performing karate kicks, capoeira moves, and tai chi positions, while also instilling important life values. Along the way, kids develop self-esteem, discipline, and a sense of respect. Beyond breaking a sweat in martial arts classes, adults can burn calories in heart-pumping salsa, bachata, and Zumba classes.
Rachel Schoenstein has earned certifications for personal training, nutrition consulting, and group fitness instructing, including for specific classes such as TRX suspension training and KBA kettlebell training. In order to maximize her diverse fitness training background, she opened Fitness Mogul, where she and her staff—many of them certified Zumba instructors—schedule everything from personal training sessions to group fitness classes such as Zumba and kickboxing. For exercisers who want to try something new but don't want to break into the zoo to lift the rhino, the studio reserves studio space for pole- and chair-dancing classes and private pole-dancing parties.
There are as many exercise goals out there as there are exercisers, and Fitness Invasion has the classes and know-how to help every one of them become a reality. The studio offers both personal training with its team of professional trainers and group classes that get students moving and sweating in unison. Students looking to bulk up in the muscle department can sign up for a kettle bell class, while those hoping to slim down might choose dance-based Zumba or High Intensity Interval Training for their fun, high-energy atmospheres.
Paul Hafner trained as a mixed martial artist with Russian kettlebell techniques for more than a decade before sharing his methods with professional fighters. Now, the certified kettlebell instructor owns Trident Russian Kettlebell Training, where he and his fellow cannonball throwers craft challenging workouts that not only slim figures but also build strength and endurance. He also equips police officers with physical fitness instruction, defensive tactics, and punchy one-liners.
At Stafford Mixed Martial Arts, muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu are tools toward building stronger mental attitudes, self-discipline, and confidence. A Pan-Am champion by age 14, chief instructor Liam Kerrigan emphasizes proper form and a positive philosophy as he molds fighters ages 4 and older. Sharing his experience from fights at the amateur, professional, and international level, Liam also offers training jeet kune do, the fighting system designed by martial arts pioneer Bruce Lee.