UFC Gym?s instructors thumb their noses at the suggestion that fighting has no place in public. They happily subvert this social convention, leading students through safe and noncontact fitness classes inspired by the pugilistic arts. Each boxing, kickboxing, or group MMA class is lead by a professional fighter, who teaches basic skills during the up-tempo, one-hour workouts. Students warm up with plyometrics before strapping on 16-ounce gloves and hitting a heavy bag with combination of kicks, knees, and elbows. Classes may burn between 800 and 1,000 calories per session, improve coordination and stamina, and increase your tolerance for listening to the theme from Rocky IV on repeat.
Helmed by martial arts instructor Willy Cahill for nearly 50 years, the instructors at Cahill's Judo Academy dojo drill students in the martial arts of Kodokan judo and jujitsu. In spacious studio interiors, students embark on up to 2.5-hour classes, rehearsing throws, grapples, strikes, and joint locks to subdue opponents and force stubborn jam jars to yield their contents. The instructors are well-versed in the combat-focused jujitsu and in the less combat-intensive practice of judo, working to hone state- and international-championship medal winners participating in Olympic events, Pan American Games, and special competitions.
Inside Omine Yoga, natural light permeates a peaceful studio in which yogis lead students through the standing, seated, and lying-down poses of Hatha yoga. Their precise instruction includes the provision of blocks, blankets, chairs, and mats. Upon these helpful accoutrements, the team leads each student in bending their back according to their ability and the extent of their exposure to radioactive pretzels. The staff also leads introductory-level classes, stress-reducing Yoga to Restore You, and the Ageless yoga class, which is geared toward older students through its basic poses and gentler, slower pace.