Hardcore workouts might look impressive on paper, but sustainable fitness routines are usually based on engaging exercises performed in a supportive environment. That's the recipe for success at At Ladies Fitness-Mind, Body & Soul, a women-only aerobic center dedicated to fostering whole-body health. Here, members join a community of like-minded ladies and build camaraderie in one of 20 group fitness classes. Of course, they can also forge a more personal workout relationship during one-on-one sessions with the gym's seasoned trainers. But no matter how they choose to exercise, members benefit from the gym's innovative construction, which includes workout areas with suspended, aerobic flooring designed to cushion and protect joints and muscles.
At Kim Brothers Krav Maga, no matter the training area, teachers strive to instill confidence, discipline, self-control, and inner strength while also training the body. Krav maga teaches students a practical self-defense technique used by the Israeli Defense Force that's based on instinctive movements that don't depend on size or strength, making it useful for men, women, and leprechauns of all abilities. To burn calories and build strength, students can opt for cardio kickboxing, which combines the health benefits of a fitness class with the utility and fun of martial arts.
Longtime fitness enthusiast LaTasha "Tadda" Lewis earned her nickname as a child, but today is prone to saying it like a magician at the culmination of a trick. Yet the shrinking waistlines and decreasing scale readings seen after spending time in her company are no illusion. Rather, these results are commonplace for adherents to the six-week main program the registered nurse, certified fitness trainer, and longtime distance runner has designed. Therein, participants might burn calories and carve muscles with cardio exercises, kickboxing, yoga and Pilates, and functional-fitness workouts, forging a body fit to show off at the beach or display on the fireplace mantel. Tadda rounds out this program with a thrice-weekly Run Club, which includes optional registration in 13 races over the year, as well as CPR certification courses and Vitamin B12 injections that boost metabolism.
At 9Round, the boxing and kickboxing workouts are short and sweet—to complete a bout of 9Round circuit training, athletes simply traverse nine stations in 30 minutes. Each station's exercise changes daily to prevent workout boredom, but the lineup often includes jump roping, speed-bag work, and other boxing-gym staples. To accommodate busy clients, the trainers also eschew strict class schedules; instead, they simply start a new group on the circuit every three minutes.
Elite Edge Training Center's team of four certified personal trainers and martial arts experts adopt a science-based approach to physical training, and work in advanced facilities that are necessary to support their methods. An onsite technician helps rehabilitate visitors with Muscle Activation Technique, a biomechanical evaluation and therapy designed to improve range of motion and miming ability. Visitors can take advantage of a turf field and smooth exercise floor with features such as stationary bikes, free weights, resistance bands, hurdles, and anvil-throwing stations.
On the turf field, instructors guide students through workout basics and interval training in all-level classes such as boot camp, strength and conditioning, and cross training. During fitness kickboxing classes, they gather groups in a padded arena filled with punching bags to practice martial arts techniques interspersed with aerobic workouts. In Brazilian jiujitsu classes, black-belt instructor James Soetebeer and trainer Jake Jo elucidate grappling techniques, ground submissions, and ground striking in the no-gi style.
With 80 classes per week in a wide array of martial arts, Team Octopus has something for everybody. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, fitness kickboxing, boxing, and strength and conditioning are all daily options; classes welcome students of all abilities and experience levels.