Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At Minnesota Valley Martial Arts, exercisers expand minds and tighten bodies during eight cardio-kickboxing classes. Led by the studio's experienced trainers, each one-hour class welcomes students of all ages with intense aerobic exercise, targeted abdominal training, and reenactments of the street-fight scene from Mary Poppins. Students accelerate heart rates with quick jabs and commanding roundhouse kicks in classes of 10–30 pupils, gaining physical skill as well as metaphysical camaraderie. Lessons take place at 7 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 8 a.m. on Saturday, allowing students to space out sessions however they like. Students are advised to wear comfortable clothing as well as cross-trainer shoes for easier maneuverability and added protection during post-class games of Red Rover.
Though Next Level Combat has the clout of a comprehensive martial-arts school, the resident instructors remain focused on technique, intelligence, and sportsmanship over strength or brutality. Men, women, and children age 6 and older are invited to take part in a month of unlimited classes. Classes are scheduled frequently throughout the week and boast smaller attendance, around 10–15 people, for more individualized instruction from the school's nimble team of professional fighters and experienced trainers.
Jenni DiOttaviano's career at the facility that now houses Key Fitness and Yoga began when the former occupants, a martial arts academy, hired her to teach cardio kickboxing to the parents of taekwondo students. She did so well that she was promoted to program director and eventually opened her own fitness studio in the same space. Key Fitness and Yoga specializes in cardio kickboxing classes, which focus on challenging workouts of aerobic kicks and punches designed to boost heart health and ward off invisible assailants. Even though the gym is equipped to take a beating from martial arts training, DiOttaviano's studio focuses on dynamic yoga and all-levels of group fitness classes led by seasoned instructors. More than 20 classes each week introduce the basic poses of vinyasa flow or workouts that incorporate kettlebells, Zumba, boot camp, and cardio boxing and core-training.