Joseph Andreula opened CKO Kickboxing's first location in 1997; his audience was clearly receptive to his high-intensity kickboxing routines, as his gym now boasts more than 40 outposts. Instructors still lead those same kickboxing workouts that simultaneously torch calories and tone muscles through punching and kicking routines. Classes also incorporate punching bags, as the bags' resistance helps carve musculature faster than Michelangelo on a sugar high.
Body movements don't get more functional than pushing and pulling. Elite Fitness' seasoned trainers make use of these movements, throwing in punching for good measure, to tone and tighten physiques. Their boot camp and boxing classes preach functionality, meaning beginners and gym rats can work out side-by-side and each receive satisfactory results. Elite Fitness complements this fitness approach with personal training and nutritional counseling sessions, where food gurus highlight the difference between healthy foods and foods that do more damage to the heart than receiving a break-up letter the night before prom.
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 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.
When Paul Melella, Jr. was seven years old, he was the target of a neighborhood bully. Eventually, Paul’s mother enrolled him in martial arts classes. For six months, Paul secretly studied the art of tae kwon do, until one day, he finally had the courage to stand up to his bully. Not only did the boy stop picking on Paul, they became good friends. In fact, Paul was even the best man at his wedding years later, where he helped out by cutting the cake with one swift roundhouse kick.
Paul established the Carmel branch of United Martial Arts Centers in 1996 to help others attain the same self-confidence and lifelong benefits that he found practicing martial arts as a child. Today, Paul is just one of UMAC's many professional instructors who lead programs for children, adults, and families at five different locations. Despite their different addresses, each of UMAC's locations sports the same positive atmosphere and spirit that comes from students working together toward a common goal.
The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.
In its more than two decades of existence, East Coast Martial Arts has produced more than 100 black belts in tae kwon do, including one 4th-dan black belt master. This should come as no surprise, given its leader Master Portante's status as a 6th-dan black belt. To achieve this, the school starts young, training children from age 4 through adulthood in age-appropriate classes that build strength and confidence using the ancient Korean art of tae kwon do, as well as the hands-on fighting style of hapkido.