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.
Champion City CrossFit helps guests prepare for everyday life with a wide range of exercises. The gym splits its floor space with cushioning pads and astro turf. Exercisers can rotate among free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, boxes, and high bars with dangling rings. Workouts are run under the supervision of coaches who are trained in the art of CrossFit and Simon Says.
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.
Purpose Yoga’s instructors know how difficult it can be to find time during a busy day for yoga’s quiet and concentration. During lunchtime three days a week, they host a 45-minute session where visitors can recharge their batteries and enjoy lunch options such as veggie or tuna wraps. At their other weekly sessions, the teaching team leads up to 60 students of all levels through power, Hatha, and hot yoga. Classes range from slow-paced beginner Hatha sessions to sunrise yoga and one-hour full-body workouts with the studio’s temperature cranked between 90 and 95 degrees.
When they aren’t deepening their visitors’ meditative states, the instructors prep the next generation of yoga gurus during a nine-month teacher-training program that explores 71 yoga poses, the Sanskrit language, anatomy, and more. After sessions, co-owner and licensed massage therapist Jessica Hardisky further relaxes muscles with massage styles such as Thai yoga, prenatal, and hot stone.
At its core, each pose assumed by a yoga practitioner has a function?whether it's elongating the back, strengthening the shoulders, or simply restoring a sense of peace. Inside Purpose Yoga's studio, a team of patient, experienced instructors teaches classes that focus on these sometimes overlooked purposes of yoga. With Purpose Yoga's diverse class schedule, students can improve their practice through Hatha, Power, and even Chair Yoga.
Fitness is more than just about burning calories and sculpting muscles at The Yoga Loft. Here, fitness extends to the mind and spirit for enhanced well-being. The experienced teachers are all equally versed in the quest for inner peace and general fitness and share that knowledge with students. Classes include hot yoga, power yoga, runner's yoga, and beginner's classes, among others.