At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.
The Studio Fitness offers a wide selection of drop-in classes for all ages and fitness levels. Zumba classes spicily roll your body into shape with high-energy music and saucy Latin dance moves. Choose from beginner, low-impact, toning, and strength-building Zumba classes, or get your little one's feet moving with Zumbatomic classes for kids. The Studio Fitness aims to broaden hip-shaking horizons with the Indian-dance inspired Masala Bhangra workouts and hip-hop cardio classes. PUMP! weight-lifting classes are ideal for strength and toning, and can be combined with the calorie-burning power of Zumba, kickboxing, or competitive gum-chewing for six-packs on every major appendage. The yoga/Pilates fusion class gently coaxes the body human into a state of relaxation and enhanced flexibility. Most classes are 45 minutes to one hour long, and the accommodating schedule leaves no room for traditional "I was busy hunting Waldo" excuses.
The black-belt mixed-martial-arts instructors at Storm MMA want to help their clients break free from workout boredom. Offering programs for kids, adults, and advanced students, Storm MMA teaches self-defense, discipline, and respect while helping participants burn calories. Students work as teams while using tae kwon do, muay thai, and boxing moves to get faster and stronger.
At Davis School of Martial Arts, Master Charles Platt and Master Jeri Carson and a team of certified instructors share decades upon decades of wisdom while teaching students four traditional forms of martial arts. One of these forms is traditional karate, wherein circular blocks are used to deflect and control attacks. Another, okinawan kobudo, uses weapons. Aikido, based on a philosophy of harmony and nonviolence, promotes flexibility and inner strength over raw physical force. And where aikido favors defense, aiki-jutsu's similar techniques tend toward offense. No matter the art, though, the staff layer their lessons atop the school’s unchanging pillars of manners, peace, drive, courage, and self-improvement.
Team 2 Sweat's dedicated trainers believe that the path to fitness is a journey that spans the mental, physical, and spiritual realms. They strive to build healthy, sustainable practices in their students as they create a fitness-minded community that tackles obesity and harmful habits head-on. During each class, they overhaul unhealthy lifestyles with aerobics, boxing, cardio, and self-defense, leading students through 16 exercise stations in varying levels of intensity. The class ends with a cooldown before a short prayer and meditation session to balance the mind.
Since 1976, the instructors of TAMA Martial Arts Center have taught eight distinct disciplines—kung fu, muay thai kickboxing, and Brazilian jujitsu, to name a few. Some students work to master one discipline and others cross-train, learning a range of self-defense techniques. The classes are geared to specific age groups; kids aged 7–12 build self-esteem and motor skills in children's classes, and adults can enroll in more intensive courses and workshops on topics such as knife-defense techniques.
The instructors at Broadwing Martial Arts understand that every person is built differently. That's why they tailor their kickboxing and karate lessons to emphasize clients' strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Each lesson integrates a variety of martial-arts styles, such as muay thai and tae kwon do, allowing students to gravitate toward the form best suited to their body and personality.