Raised on the streets of Holyoke, Paul Cichon draws on his own experience and life story as he uses boxing to instill character, discipline, and determination. At Manchester ROCS Boxing Club, Paul and his fellow trainers teach the fundamentals of the sweet science to children from all ages and backgrounds. Paul’s fighters have earned 11 national titles while learning respect and self-motivation in a nurturing environment.
Lisa Elbe believes that a successful regimen requires two things: accountability and focus. And she's centered her exercise programs around those two ideas. Personal-training sessions offer intense, personalized attention to overcome fitness hurtles and break through plateaus, and group classes offer a feeling of team camaraderie and motivation.
Equipment: Zebra mats and cage, Combat Sports boxing ring, Precor and Cybex machines
Students should bring: Workout clothing (i.e. sweatpants and a t-shirt)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Capoeira offers a great workout that is mentally and physically engaging. Aikido is more traditional.
Owner and certified instructor D’Mario Sowah, known as one of the "best trainers" as Molly Qerim, ESPN broadcaster, related to the Hartford Courant, helps students achieve healthy levels of strength and self-confidence at Akua Ba Fitness in West Hartford. Upon moving to New York, D'Mario spent 10 years as a personal trainer before opening the intimately sized Akua Ba Fitness facility. D’Mario⎯a practitioner of both capoeira and meditation⎯motivates his students by constantly highlighting the transitive property of mental mastery. His group classes often focus on muscle confusion, a methodology which challenges muscles to adapt to new resistance by mixing up routines and administering algebraic pop quizzes. Trainees also maintain fit forms with the help of the facility's resident nutritionist and wellness coach. D'Mario is so renowned as a trainer that he has been tapped by The Doctors to help guests lose weight and get fit on an upcoming program.
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.