Equipment: Zebra mats and cage, Combat Sports boxing ring, Precor and Cybex machines
Students should bring: Workout clothing (i.e. sweatpants and a t-shirt)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Capoeira offers a great workout that is mentally and physically engaging. Aikido is more traditional.
Owner and certified instructor D’Mario Sowah, known as one of the "best trainers" as Molly Qerim, ESPN broadcaster, related to the Hartford Courant, helps students achieve healthy levels of strength and self-confidence at Akua Ba Fitness in West Hartford. Upon moving to New York, D'Mario spent 10 years as a personal trainer before opening the intimately sized Akua Ba Fitness facility. D’Mario⎯a practitioner of both capoeira and meditation⎯motivates his students by constantly highlighting the transitive property of mental mastery. His group classes often focus on muscle confusion, a methodology which challenges muscles to adapt to new resistance by mixing up routines and administering algebraic pop quizzes. Trainees also maintain fit forms with the help of the facility's resident nutritionist and wellness coach. D'Mario is so renowned as a trainer that he has been tapped by The Doctors to help guests lose weight and get fit on an upcoming program.
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.
In memory of MPO Peter J. Lavery and Officer Ciara McDermott, The Race to End Domestic Violence honors the sacrifice of uniformed police officers and those escaping domestic violence. On December 30, Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery, the youngest of three police officer brothers, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. His memory serves as the inspiration for the 5K of his namesake that takes runners and walkers through off-road dirt trails and grass to raise funds for domestic violence support groups. Additionally, the race raises funds to support the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund, which aids those seeking an education in law enforcement or criminal justice.
Lady Fit’s team of all-female trainers leads women through a variety of fitness classes including its specialty: Kangoo Jumps classes. Strapped into springy Kangoo boots, students cavort through entertaining circuit-training exercises, activate their core, and improve their balance while feeling joyfully weightless and bouncy. In addition to the Kangoo classes, the instructors also lead Pilates, piloxing, P90X, beam fit, Zumba, and floor barre classes.
Like many important lessons in life, karate is handed down through the generations from master to pupil. At Karate Kids Love, 10th-degree black-belt grandmaster Kevin Sullivan summons the knowledge learned from his masters to teach the ascendant martial artists of tomorrow. Throughout the years, Sullivan has developed a brand of martial arts that blends many disciplines and is founded on the belief that a true martial artist must be well rounded, capable of disarming foes with a swift kick or hitting an alarm clock's snooze button with a stern karate chop.
In business for over 20 years, Sullivan's staff of certified professional instructors receives routine calibration in order to give the best possible training to boys and girls of all levels. Children enjoy learning aspects of jiujitsu, kenpo, and tae kwon do in a parent-approved environment. This helps students along their paths to martial arts' ultimate prize: a collection of colorful belts to match any outfit.