Since 1998, the International Boxing Club has worked hard to reach out and touch the lives of more than 4,000 disenfranchised youths by promoting confidence, self-discipline, and focus. The center's programs have allowed thousands of children to do better in school and develop a strong understanding of both physical and mental discipline. Although youth programs are the main focus at the club, the staff also cater to students of all ages with amateur-boxing and Zumba classes as well as Boxercise, a nonviolent aerobic workout that is best performed inside a refrigerator box.
As his students move through each Vinyasa pose in 90-degree heat, master yogi Brent Coldiron offers up optimistic and philosophical thoughts. Rather than the soft thrum of a gong or the soothing sounds of trickling water, he punctuates his poses with an eclectic mix of tunes from bands such as Led Zeppelin. Coldiron leaves the intensity of his classes up to each student, which allows him to accommodate clients of virtually any age, fitness level, or combustibility.
Though the certified instructors at Zen in the District – Yoga each lay claim to different style specialties—Hatha, Vinyasa, Sanga, and Amrite among them—they share the aim of heightened self-awareness. Their classes cater to all fitness levels, focusing on introspection more than flawless posing technique or perfect nostril positioning during breath work. Whether they are inside the studio or on the courthouse lawn across the street, the teachers strive to downplay stress with caring vibes. They also apply their compassion to community projects, demonstrating yoga for interested Girl Scout troops and regularly donating to the Seagate Food Bank.
Erin Garber-Pearson and Erik Bang?circus and movement performers by trade?founded Birds Eye View Circus in 2012 to share their passion for aerial silks with curious students in classes that blend fitness and fun. Erin specializes in movements using aerial silks, fire-eating and -breathing, and stilt dancing. Erik is an expert at juggling and stilt walking, as well as a variety of clowning and magic skills. In addition to the two owners, a team of acrobats and aerialists teach classes that involve elements of basic aerial silks and dance, as well as many of the same skills they showcase during live performances.
Inside the studio, swathes of fabric descend from the ceilings, sometimes all the way to the floor or otherwise holding large hoops aloft. Padded floors, none-to-distant from where practitioners hang, give students of all ages the confidence to try new moves and practice routines during open gym hours.
At Japan Karate Academy, karate isn't the only art students learn—the veteran instructors also teach kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and traditional sword work. Helmed by Master A. K. Geelani, a martial artist certified by the World Karate Federation, the team of sensei also integrates strong values into their self-defense classes, such as perseverance and discipline.
For more than 40 years, the high-tech equipment and interactive classes at Super Fitness have kept its members fit, strong, and healthy. Visitors tone muscles and reduce stress with laps in the aquatic center, build powerful cores and upper bodies with circuit training, and jump-start their metabolisms with exercise sessions on more than 300 pieces of cardio equipment. In addition, the fitness center has a designated area for women's only workouts, as well as a supervised exercise space for kids.