The minds behind Doms Fitness want to get one thing straight: this is not a gym. Rather, the expansive indoor facility is home to a group-fitness and personal-training studio. Here, instructors lead pupils through non-intimidating sessions, where a small class size allows them to focus on form and technique. Weight benches, plyo machines and boxes, jump ropes, tires, kettlebells, and stability balls fuel the workouts, designed to cater to each client's individual needs and goals. On occasion, weight-loss and health challenges take clients outdoors where they take in the fresh air and push their bodies to new limits. And once the workout is over, the talented trainers turn their sights toward nutrition, counseling on dietary choices and introducing students to the principles of intuitive eating.
Youth, amateur, and professional boxing. MMA fighting and jujitsu. Fitness bootcamps centered on throwing a good punch, and classes that help you find your fighting stance. Fight Club University's team of professional boxers, MMA fighters, and personal trainers teach all these skills and more, as well as helping develop self-confidence, strength, and common sense in young people through the S.T.R.O.N.G. program. Newly toned and slim patrons strut out of the gym past a forest of equipment that includes heavy bags, medicine balls, and jump ropes. Instructors suggest that the courses can help bolster overall health, a sense of timing, and hand-eye coordination.
The Harbison Community Association provides a venue for community members to work out and form bonds with their neighbors. The center maintains an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a baby pool. Members can build strength in the weight room and challenge their friends to a game on the racquetball court.
ATA Martial Arts hones well-disciplined fighting machines with classes designed to whip bodies into shape while imparting principles of confidence and self-defense. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, commando krav maga boils self-defense down to practical essentials, stripping away abstruse martial-arts theories by teaching students how to defend themselves in real-life situations such as street fights, bar brawls, and tightly choreographed gang dance-offs. Commando krav maga classes are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and first-time students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.
Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.
Located near Lexington Medical Center, the locally- and veteran-owned and operated Dynamic Health & Fitness helps their members reach their fitness goals. In the midst of cutting-edge facilities, the gym boasts amenities that include equipment for cardio- and strength-training, free weights, locker rooms with private changing areas, a pro-shop, and an outdoor training area starting in spring of 2015. For members who work better in packs, their group fitness schedule boasts over 50 classes that including Les Mills BodyPump, Zumba, and cycle fitness. In addition to perks that include free child care and multi-club access, each membership comes with a complimentary personal training session and fitness assessment.