The instructors at Todd’s Martial Arts believe the practice of martial arts is a vehicle that can transport students to a place of greater self-confidence and self-control. Of course, the facility also recognizes that getting into shape and chopping down trees with roundhouse kicks are probably students’ priorities, too. That’s where Todd Sensinger comes in. As the head instructor at TMA, Todd is a second-degree black belt, and has been teaching and practicing the sport for 15 years. Todd and a team of certified instructors teach students ages six and up. They also maintain a clean, welcoming dojang, or “training facility.”
Though calories flee despairingly from the long lines of weight racks and cardio equipment that stretch across FitQuest Fitness’s expansive gym, a friendly staff escorts first-time guests on tours of the 10,000-square-foot facility and expansive hardwood fitness rooms. Independent-minded patrons can huff and puff their way through solo workouts on Magnum Fitness circuit-training machines or show off their biceps to dashing mirrored counterparts during free-weight curls. Hearts pump in communal harmony during more than 10 group fitness classes that blend muscle confusion to prevent plateauing, interval training, and quick intensity changes into a fat-busting cocktail. Students sweat out their inner children in 45-minute Fitness Toy Box classes that obliterate torpidity by way of sandbags, medicine balls, and resistance jack-in-the-boxes, and 60-minute Zumba classes melt away calories with fiery Latin dance moves. After the high-intensity presses, curls, and squats of the Get Pumped class, a relaxing hour of yoga can foster a frame of mind conducive to composing mature breakup letters to lovehandles.
Helmed by a former Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and featured on Channel 69, the classes at Sweat Like a Girl help tone muscles and boost self-confidence at flirty workouts tailored to women's physiques. With step-by-step instructions and a go-at-your-own-pace mantra, the studio's 10 classes suit students of all ages, sizes, and speed-reading abilities. Flirty Girl Fitness instructors scour dance clubs and music videos for sultry moves, then shape them into exciting aerobics routines that target calories for elimination. Pairing pole-based strength exercises with spins and climbs, one-hour Polefit sessions help each student sculpt long, lean sinews and prepare for jousting tournaments. Polates teams the core-bolstering poses of Pilates with tools such as poles, bender balls, and gliding disks to work on strengthening abs and improving posture.
Walking into CrossFit Lehigh Valley for the first time, visitors are bound to notice some differences compared to other, "normal" gyms. For one, CrossFit Lehigh Valley doesn't have any mirrors, or fancy equipment, or egos. That's because the facility views itself as a community where members come together to push and support each other to the next level—a similar process that sparks lifelong friendships in mosh pits. Coaches guide the way through every intense, varied exercise, and a different workout every day challenges individuals to improve on their progress from previous days. The facility boasts over 10,000 square feet of space with supplemental amenities including locker rooms and showers.
Sleek hardwood and smooth brick floors are the stomping grounds of dozens of colorful yoga mats inside Lehigh Valley Yoga’s studios. Experienced teachers take the helm in each room as they guide students through poses during Ashtanga, Vinyasa, hot, prenatal, and kids' yoga classes. Students and firemen also congregate inside one of the studios for muscle-forming pole-fitness classes.