Stone Gym's trainer takes a no-frills approach to boxing. Devon Stone grew up around boxing and now teaches the sport along with kickboxing and the all-important skills of striking and counterstriking, a must-learn for mixed martial artists and professional match lighters. The floor-level ring dominates one end of the no-nonsense gym, where a row of hanging punching bags separates the boxing arena from the weightlifting zone.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training. Participants build strength by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Members can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Krav Maga Novi’s instructors help their students to master the krav maga fighting style in their fitness studio, but the techniques were not designed for studio combat. They are intended for street fights—more specifically, self-defense. Krav maga’s originator, Imi Lichtenfeld, was a champion wrestler and boxer, but he realized during World War II that traditional fighting styles were inadequate in unofficiated, real-world conflicts. And so he developed krav maga, which is now the official self-defense system of the Israeli armed forces. At Krav Maga Novi, however, instructors teach the style to civilians, from its basic headlocks and punches to techniques for defeating multiple attackers without first convincing them to form a conga line. Classes at the studio can also focus on specialty areas, such as ground fighting, kickboxing, and defeating opponents armed with sticks, knives, and other weapons.
Instructors Brandon and Shawn named their fitness studio Function of Fitness to keep clients?and themselves?reminded of what wellness is all about. "You are a function of your fitness," they explain, and "the better your function, the greater the you." When we're fit, we're able to feel our best and accomplish more, and Brandon and Shawn like helping each client on their personal journey. The class schedule features boot camp, boxing sessions, and TRX workouts, along with lower-impact workouts such as slow flow candlelight yoga. Personal training affords clients one-on-one attention and tailors workouts to fit their individual needs.
Equipment: Kickboxing, Body Sculpt, Boot Camp, Zumba, Kangoo Jumps, HIIT
Students should bring: Water and towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Classes close 5 minutes after they start so be sure to be on time or early. Be ready to sweat.
At Hensel Kenpo Karate, head instructor Mark Hensel and his team educate students of all ages and levels in the art of kenpo at their new location in the heart of Downtown Saline. The classes are built around a family-oriented dojo that focuses on self protection, character-building, and physical fitness for kids and adults. A branch of karate, kenpo use rapid, multiple strikes and low kicks to dismantle assailants from head to toe. By himself, Mark boasts a black belt in kenpo, as well as background in jujitsu, judo, and muay thai kickboxing—all three of which he integrates into his own teachings. In addition to kenpo, the facility which features an open sunlit training area, also teaches its protégés protective methods during kickboxing fitness classes and multipart self-defense seminars.