At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts—the ancient predecessor of all martial arts—they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.
LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of more than 100 fitness clubs spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Heiwado translates to “the way of peace and harmony,” and the students at this dojo don’t go looking for trouble. Instead, they focus on challenging themselves—getting into shape through rigorous martial-arts-flavored fitness and self-defense classes. Students soak up techniques developed by Sensei Antrone Kelley, who has whittled away the arbitrary elements of karate, muay thai, and kickboxing and combined the useful remainder into a refined fighting form, effective in the ring or on the street.
No matter how you prefer to work out, Prime Time Fitness promises the proper fitness tools. That commitment encompasses cardio equipment and free weights, fitness classes such as spinning and cardio kickboxing, and personal training with coaches who specialize in getting postnatal bodies back into shape. Exercisers can reward themselves with a protein shake after a workout or simply enjoy the alone time that onsite childcare affords.
Eva-Maria Vaccaro leads private and duet workouts at her studio, All About You Fitness, and her private sessions are truly private. She not only gives her clients personal attention, but also ensures that during their workout, they are alone with her in the studio. In this setting, she facilitates fitness goals with custom workouts, drawing on her eclectic background. A certified Pilates machine and mat instructor, Eva also has earned a third-degree black belt in hapkido and taught more than 2,500 hapkido classes. She can blend Pilates core-strengthening, hapkido blocks and strikes, and other modalities such as kickboxing and balance-ball work to offer a unique body-conditioning workout to her clients.
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