The instructors at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts have set out to engineer the perfect martial-arts workout, and they think they’ve done it. The secret formula samples traditional ho-am taekwondo, hanmudo, and personal-safety techniques for a curriculum that emphasizes fitness and self-defense. Tiger-Rock's teachers are certified in CPR and first aid, and they work with everyone from young kids to adults.
A family-owned exercise facility recognized by the International Taekwondo Alliance, Killearn Lakes Taekwondo staffs a troupe of certified instructors to lead tykes as young as 4 and adults of every age through yoga stretches, jazzercise aerobics, and tae kwon do kicks. Muscles can contort with a one-hour Vinyasa yoga session, and kids can test the yogi waters with specialized classes that develop flexibility and meditation through fun stories, songs, and games. Killearn also strengthens and molds physiques with a schedule of 60-minute jazzercise jams—heart-pumping aerobic and strength-training workouts set to fast-paced beats, including Top 40 hits, country favorites, and Scott Joplin's workout videos. Individuals or families can also embark on a martial-arts journey with one of the studio’s tae kwon do programs, including a Tiger Cubs club, which teaches nascent kickers the building blocks of martial arts and how to stand out for college-football recruiters.
After years of research and exercise, Dr. John Spencer Ellis felt he'd hit upon a premium fitness formula for producing athletes. Inviting Kelli Calabrese, a master trainer, to help him develop a curriculum, the two pooled their exercise knowledge—which amounted to 45 years of industry experience and 35 fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle certifications. From this wealth of training and education, they created Intense Mixed Performance Accelerated Cross Training, or IMPACT Fitness Boot Camp.
Their formula requires that each workout begin with a sports-conditioning-style dynamic warm-up, before proceeding into speed, agility, and quickness training, which allows patrons to more effectively chase cars down the highway. They then challenge students with full-body-strength conditioning, which focuses on all the muscles versus only the muscle group you want to train, and a high-intensity session of cardio training. Though the formula always remains the same, the exercises vary from session to session. One day, patrons might heave medicine balls and sprints, the next, they might jump rope and stretch TRX bands.
Professor Gallop Franklin shuns half measures. Not content to settle on one black belt, he trotted headlong into four—one in goju karate, one in tae kwon do, one in tang soo do, and one in nisei goju. A devoted martial artist since 1963, Gallop pulls from his lifetime of training and instructional experience to lead karate classes at his dojo, Gallop’s Karate. Red and blue mats stretch across the floor of a facility more than 2,000 square feet, where he and his staff of kick-smart martial artists lead students of all ages through karate techniques and training exercises, aiming to enhance physical fitness levels while building confidence and discipline. The instructors infuse adult classes with rigorous drills of functional exercises—a regimen described by reporters from Tallahassee Magazine as “a mind-boggling number of jumping jacks, pushups, karate sit-ups and leg lifts.”
In addition to traditional karate classes, trainers also conduct an energetic boot-camp program that combines martial arts movements with high-intensity exercises. The staff hosts a daily after-school program as well, where they engage youngsters in crafts, games, and karate lessons. They offer students assistance in homework, help them study for tests, and lend constructive feedback on their performance art pieces expressing anguish over bad cafeteria food.
Whether just looking to get in shape or learn the art of self-defense, visitors to World Triumph Martial Arts will find a variety of classes to suit their needs. Jiujitsu classes, designed for participants of all skill levels, incorporate intense physical training with fundamentals on striking, kicking, and intimidating opponents with a scary wink. Those more interested in MMA can enroll in courses that get students ready for competition?or simply in great shape.
At each of its 14 locations across Georgia and Florida, Kinetix Health Club helps members build powerful muscles and burn fat with a wide range of classes and workouts. Guests maximize their sessions at the gym by working out under the guidance of a professional personal trainer or condition and strengthen their bodies in classes such as RPM indoor cycling, high-intensity Body Pump aerobics, or martial-arts-inspired Body Combat.