In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau?s Kickboxing. The 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly?s readers? pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
Cardio combat focuses on torching calories and shedding fat with its fast-paced regime of kickboxing and combat moves. Poundfit classes combine interval trainging and low-impact cardio exercises with weighted neon-green drumsticks to burn calories. Women-only self-defense classes equip ladies with techniques to stop an assailant during an attack or masterfully exit an uncomfortable conversation with an in-law. ZENergy also provides less intense options for new clients.
Club 24 Fitzone keeps its doors open around the clock, so early risers and night owls alike can build impressive physiques at their leisure. Members can lift free weights and step onto cardio machines before hitting the showers and reuniting with their real shoes in the locker room. Club 24 Fitzone's kickboxing program gets hearts pumping with a fast-paced workout designed to improve strength, stamina, and power.
The instructors at Kenpo Karate Institute strive to pass down the wisdom they were given by their mentor, the late Grandmaster S. George Pesare. In 1960, they began teaching karate classes to adults, many of their students becoming world class competitors. Today, kids take classes as well, learning the focus and discipline that can't be taught in thumb-wrestling classes. The staff also teaches specialty classes from time to time, such as women's combat and MMA fighting.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
Killing two birds with one stone, Jake Burke and his team at Burke's Martial Arts show students how to get in shape and defend themselves. Their adult classes include kickboxing, muay thai, and krav maga, a self-defense technique used by both the Israeli Defense Forces and the Keebler Elves. For youngsters, they schedule martial-arts classes that can improve focus, boost confidence, and prevent bullying.