In CKO Kickboxing’s action-packed classes, students wail away at heavy, hanging punching bags, working out stress while building muscles with every punch and kick. Because the bags are so heavy, they add significant resistance into the workout, toning up muscles more effectively than punching slabs of beef and then eating the evidence. During the 60-minute classes, students rotate between cardio and strength training, bolstering heart-rates and targeting arms, legs, and cores.
Crossfit Meadowlands’ head coach, Anthony Rumo, owns black belts in both karate and judo, but, though he has trained in martial arts since age 9, he’s never found any training regimen as demanding and effective as CrossFit. After discovering the system’s benefits while training at an MMA gym in California, he traveled the country learning as much as he could, eventually earning more than five certifications that include CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Strongman, and CPR. Together with coach Eddie Lacap, a former member of the US Navy, he now leads groups of fitness disciples as they embark upon journeys into the community of CrossFit.
The pair’s 7,000-square-foot facility harbors equipment including 40 yards of AstroTurf, 20-foot ceilings with five climbing ropes, 3,000 pounds of bumper plates, gymnastics rings, and strongman equipment such as sleds, Atlas stones, and tires up to 500 pounds. Students interact with this equipment as they charge through WOD—workouts of the day—which vary constantly but can include weight lifting, cardio training, and body-weight exercises such as pushups, air squats, and dips on suspended rings. Unlike the sack race portion of a job interview, Anthony and Eddie scale their classes for athletes of all ages and fitness levels, resulting in workouts that are universally challenging.
ProFormers is a training company located within Powerhouse Gym that is devoted to helping clients reach their highest levels of health and happiness, providing members access to top-of-the-line equipment, unlimited group classes, and individualized fitness and nutritional coaching. Today's Groupon gets you some of each, plus a 20-minute massage and sweaty camaraderie with new future Facebook friends. Launch your 30-day transformation with the first of three hourlong personal training sessions, during which a trainer will custom-fit a fitness routine that flatters both your current body and future goals. At any time during the membership, supplement your one-on-one workouts by using the gym's high-end weight and cardio machines, or by attending unlimited group classes in BodyPump, Zumba, spinning, yoga, and more.
Powerhouse Gyms ferry fitness seekers to their goals with a host of exercise equipment while experienced trainers tune up fat-burning engines in a plethora of free fitness classes. Beginning bench pressers and workout wizards alike can rev their muscle motors with free weights, weight-training machinery, and cardio equipment outfitted with personal flat-screen TVs to help make workouts fly by quicker than a hummingbird in a tornado. Gym membership also grants unlimited access to group fitness classes; Saline's schedule is packed with courses such as Pilates, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, and Yoga Fusion, which helps practitioners relax, stretch tendons, and rectify posture. Powerhouse Ypsilanti keeps hearts healthy with classes such as Latin-dance-inspired Zumba, spinning sessions, and kickboxing group workouts.
Tabata Bootcamp’s motto is quality over quantity, and certified fitness instructor Stacy DiGiacomo takes this to heart as she pushes her patrons to reach their weight-loss and fitness goals. To help them carve fitter frames, she leads high-intensity cross-training sessions in 30-minute intervals, with a focus on getting an effective total-body workout in a short period of time. She targets patrons’ upper, lower, and core strength with exercises that consist of 20-second microbursts of intensive movement, followed by 10-second periods of rest. These workouts are designed to speed up the body’s metabolism to ensure optimal caloric burn after exercising and can multiply the muscle-building effects more effectively than regularly dreaming about being a world-champion weightlifter. For well-rounded results, she also offers nutritional guidance and arms patrons with quick workouts they can complete in the comfort of their own homes.
At Athletic Overdrive, it's not uncommon to see people carrying a beer keg at a full-on sprint. But they're not rushing to a raging party; rather, these elite athletes are training as part of CrossFit classes and strongman games. In addition to CrossFit classes, the team of elite trainers also leads sport-specific training based on their experience as athletes in sports such as football, track, soccer, and volleyball. They specialize in a variety of cardio, strength-training, and TRX suspension programs, as well as personal training with programs tailored to each client's individual needs.
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. Check the class schedule for the Cornell Rd. location here and the Garden Pl. location here.