The year 1986 was a health- and fitness-focused one. Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in history, smoking was banned on all forms of public transportation, and Being-Fit opened its doors. The gym sought to supply its members with everything they needed to reach their personal fitness goals. Though its equipment has been overhauled, Being-Fit’s mission hasn't changed in the intervening two decades.
Today, the gym's trainers host more than 30 varieties of group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba. When not in class, students can take advantage of the cardio theater, where favorite shows and video clips of kittens wiping out on treadmills play constantly as people jog in place. Additionally, the gym’s personal trainers construct individualized workouts during one-on-one sessions, equipping members with repeatable exercises crafted to address personal fitness goals.
Self-defense is at the core of each technique taught at White Dragon Martial Arts. Whether students are practicing kung fu or MMA, they'll learn how to successfully defend themselves against intimidating opponents who may be larger in size or wearing a superhero cape. Kickboxing classes add an element of cardiovascular fitness, tai chi sessions slow down the moves to a meditative pace, and grappling lessons provide step-by-step instructions on how to take someone down to the floor. Instructors also spend one-on-one time with students during personal-training sessions that focus on perfecting punches and kicks.
The Yard is a state-of-the-art baseball training facility featuring multiple, full-length indoor batting cages with machines that hurl genuine, seam-laden baseballs. To abbreviate the ballistic learning curve, cages are outfitted with The Grid technology, which tracks the ball’s exit speed and provides a visual chart of where each hit would land if the cage had no walls or cruel, cruel gravity. A true trainer’s tool, The Grid emits constant feedback about changes in swing habits as well as up-to-date ratings against previous batters in the same swinging echelon.
ZFitness Classes & Apparel helms a range of fitness programs for women. Leading the charge are a team of upbeat instructors who draw from specialties and certifications in Zumba, Flirty Girl Fitness, and R.I.P.P.E.D., among other fitness styles. Every Monday through Saturday, the studio's sprawling open floor plan welcomes large classes where participants sweat through workouts designed to help them have fun while getting in shape. Zumba and Zumba Sentao lessons lead participants in calorie-burning dance routines set to energetic Latin music, while the Bokwa workout challenges them to draw letters and numbers with their feet until they've transcribed Shakespeare's entire oeuvre. Alternatively, instructors conduct high-intensity interval training during R.I.P.P.E.D. classes.
CKO Kickboxing's Joseph Andreula opened up his first gym in Hoboken, New Jersey back in 1997. In that humble location, the fitness guru helped his clients shed their spare pounds and ratchet up their self-esteem with intense kickboxing workouts. Once word got out that Joseph's program of punching and kicking weighted bags got you more ripped than stay-at-home programs of punching and kicking ghosts, the gym caught on. CKO Kickboxing locations began to pop up throughout the country, where the newly expanded company's commitment to delivering heart-pumping workouts even earned a mention on NBC's Today.
On Spectrum Center Boulevard next to the 163 in Kearny Mesa, Art of Eight Training and Fitness Center is one of the area’s premier fitness clubs. AO8 (for short) is owned and operated by Melchor Menor, a former Muay Thai world champion and celebrity trainer. The centers offers a variety of classes taught by professional trainers, including kickboxing, boxing, MMA and Muay Thai group classes. This 8,000 square-foot facility is decked out with a full-sized boxing ring, weight room and multiple heavy bags. Amenities such as digital lockers and spacious showers make it a state-of-the-art fitness center that is great for all ages. The atmosphere is constructive, and the staff makes a genuine effort to ensure that each visitor’s experience is clean, safe and fun.