As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
More than a thousand years have passed since healers learned that illnesses could be cured through stimulation of certain body parts. A wide array of frameworks developed for how best that healing should be brought about. Licensed acupuncturist Winston Wang has taken components of these frameworks to craft his own: understand the patient's condition, set up a treatment plan, and test it. At Orange Acupuncture, clients can seek Winston's techniques to treat maladies ranging from depression and insomnia to seasonal allergies.
The key to Fit Body Life Training Center isn't a piece of workout equipment or a class—it's an algorithm. Head trainer Khoi Nguyen created the calculation for his signature My Fit Body Life program, which tabulates the number of calories, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats each exerciser needs to consume in order to meet their fitness goals, whether it's losing 10 pounds or gaining 100 pounds of triceps muscle. Complementing the algorithm are other preworkout services such as ultrasound-aided body composition tests that can measure the thickness of fatty tissue. It's not all science and numbers, though. Once exercisers are ready to work out, Khoi and his staff offer everything from kickboxing and yin yoga classes to personal training and intense 30-minute Les Mills Grit classes.
Enerji Fitness’s team shares the joy they find in fitness by holding classes every day of the week. The staff unites their diverse backgrounds—from locales as far-flung as New York, Venezuela, and England—to pursue their shared passion for helping others get fit. During yoga sessions, they use gentle warmth (78 degrees) to limber up limbs for power Vinyasa flows that strengthen body, mind, spirit, and the building’s foundation. The barre classes fuse ballet-inspired cardio barre workouts with core work and lightweight toning, and instructors get their students kickboxing, doing plyometrics, and thumping heavy bags during Enerji Knockout classes. The global party beats played during Zumba classes animate bodies, as the staff teaches Latin-inspired dance moves in a fun setting. Enerji Fitness’s sleek, modern studio’s hardwood floors, brick accent walls, and creamy, mocha-tinged colors set a stylishly serene stage for this abundance of exercise.
Total MMA Studios combines multiple martial arts disciplines to create high-intensity classes that help students burn calories, tone muscles, and lose weight while they build confidence and self-awareness. During Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, students learn self-defense in the form of ground moves that include joint locks and chokeholds. Muay Thai teaches students how to use their elbows, knees, hands, and feet as weapons without whittling bones down to shivs, and cardio kickboxing incorporates calisthenics, jabs, and kicks to boost endurance and the ability to protect oneself.
When one knows a form of martial arts, there's a decent chance of avoiding danger. But when one knows multiple forms of martial arts, odds are they'll win any fight. With classes is classic karate, Brazilian jiujitsu, and MMA, the senseis at Olympia Martial Arts make students more well-rounded, but less round, in the arena of self-defense. In classes for adults and children that build skills, confidence, and discipline, students of all levels are conditioned to crush common enemies such as bullies, obesity, and fatigue. In sparring classes, fledgling fighters learn the ropes of jiujitsu and MMA with fancy footwork and take-down techniques that also strengthen the upper body, core, and legs. Fitness training classes steer students from the heart attack track in martial arts cardio classes that give calories the heave-ho and boost agility and stamina while teaching grappling techniques that effectively end fights fast.