Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class (a $15 value per class) provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags.
The expert instructors at Aiki-Kenjundo lead adults and children through the martial art of kenjundo. The form is designed to help students avoid rather than engage in physical conflict by teaching students to become more acquainted with their bodies and minds.
"You fight like a girl!" would be considered a compliment at Paulsen's Family Martial Arts. In fact, being able to fight like a girl is the main goal of aptly named Fight Like a Girl self-defense classes, taught by the technique's inventor, Kym Rock. But self-defense classes represent just a small portion of the sparring techniques taught at Paulsen's—go jiu bujitsu, a hybrid martial art, is at its core. A blend of karate, judo, and jujitsu, the MMA method teaches every aspect of combat, from strikes and kicks to traps and locks.
Not unlike polar bears, many people like their homes icy cold during the summer. Solar Bear ensures their clients’ environments stay comfortable by deploying highly trained technicians to repair, maintain, and install temperature-controlling appliances. Before a single machine is tinkered with, one of the company’s uniformed technicians meticulously inspects air-conditioning and HVAC units using a 20-point checklist, which includes items such as finding broken wires, leaking fluid, and fan blades that were replaced with dry lasagna noodles in a pinch. Sporting a van packed with parts, technicians can tackle household issues ranging from icemaker and garbage-disposal repairs to installing home-security systems and anti-scald shower fixtures. And for clients’ peace of mind, Solar Bear backs its repair work with warranties.
For certified personal trainer Vanessa, boot camp is a lot like recess. She might takes her students to the playground for outdoor workouts, coaching them through jumps, lunges, and pull-ups with the aid of the colorful bars and swings. This setting reinforces her mission, which is also her business name: Fun In Fitness.
In addition to boot camp, Vanessa channels her 13 years of instructing experience, background in martial arts, and master's degree in biology to offer one-on-one personal-training sessions. These typically take place indoors, but she strives to make them just as energized as her playground trips.
At Title Boxing Club, trainers help dramatically transform the body while teaching a rock hard right cross or furious front kick. Students warm up with active stretching before unleashing an assault of jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks to unsuspecting but amiable heavy bags. Trainers work their way through the gloved fighters, paying attention to form and balance. While students work in large groups, each workout is individual and can be adjusted to meet the fitness needs of each student.
Like a ninja star thrown into a westerly wind, Universal Kempo Karate worked its way east from its first Hawaii location, founded in 1966. It arrived in Colorado Springs in 1980, expanding quickly to multiple locations. The instructors honor the programs that were passed down to them, teaching kids physical fitness combined with mental discipline and expanding into combat techniques as they become adults. Students engage calories in battle, burning them in cardio-focused kickboxing classes that eliminate moves with a risk of injury.