When JoJo Guarin isn’t taking down expert fighters twice his size in invitation-only professional grappling tournaments, he’s designing the curriculum at East Coast United BJJ & MMA. A swimmer before he was a fighter, Guarin advocates the use of cross-training as the primary method of getting his students in shape. This leaves him and his instructors time to focus purely on technique in Braziliain jujitsu, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. The team sets up the schedule to provide specific times for beginners to practice, welcoming men, women, children, and teenaged turtles of all skill levels into their training sessions. When the combative fire in students’ veins flickers out, exercisers can center themselves and increase their flexibility under the tutelage of certified YogaFit instructor Jessica Mondello.
Whether you like high intensity workouts or a slow and steady routine, the instructors at Belmars Martial Arts & Fitness will guide you to better health. Calories are torched and heart rates soar during muay thai kickboxing classes, where students strengthen both their muscles and their mental acuity as they learn how to deliver high kicks and block unwanted bear hugs. Meanwhile, a boxing ring help fighters hone their jabs and uppercuts, while Zumba classes invite students to sweat through easy-to-follow dance moves set to catchy international beats. Yoga and jiu-jitsu classes are also available as are classic circuit training sessions that combine all the benefits of cardio and strength training into a single workout.
Steve Sohn's Krav Maga & Kickboxing owner and CEO, Steve Sohn is dedicated to nurturing clients' health. Steve has been studying martial arts for more than 30 years, earning 20+ certifications and awards, such as obtaining his black belt in krav maga, a feat shared by only a few instructors and schools in northeast America. His passion for teaching and improving students' physical abilities has also netted him recognition from the Educational Funding Company, including Outstanding Martial Arts School in 2005 and Exemplary Mentor in 2011.
To match Steve's enthusiasm for self-defense instruction, the two-floor facility boasts a number of amenities that help students reach their fitness and defense goals. Experienced instructors lead students through krav maga, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts sessions in two separate training floors. Olympic training mats reduce the impact of exercises, and an on-site changing room allows students to change from their workout clothes into their crime-fighting spandex without worry of revealing their identity.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
CGI Holistic Fitness & Spa makes it their mission to engineer a world where everyone benefits from "healthy bodies, happy hearts, and peaceful minds." So far, the sprawling mecca of Eastern holistic-health philosophies, state-of-the art exercise equipment, and luxurious spa facilities has conquered 30,000 square feet. The venue features a gym full of cardio and weightlifting machines, as well as an air-purification system. The heated, competition-sized pool hosts aqua-aerobic classes, and the entire 25-yard body of water is pumped through a natural-element filtration system that reduces the need for chlorine in the water. Group fitness classes take place in the gym or in classrooms, ranging from high-energy dance aerobics to meditation-minded yoga classes.
In the spa, patrons relax in the heat of multiple kinds of saunas, some infused with salt, others heated with classic steam, and one constructed of Korean-imported Mec granite, a stone famed for its array of body-friendly minerals. Aromatherapy baths submerge all the senses in a mix of hot water and essential oils. Hot and cold soaking tubs assist members in recovering from injuries, cooling down after a particularly intense workout, or saving their pet snowmen from the ravages of summer.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.