Krav Maga Novi’s instructors help their students to master the krav maga fighting style in their fitness studio, but the techniques were not designed for studio combat. They are intended for street fights—more specifically, self-defense. Krav maga’s originator, Imi Lichtenfeld, was a champion wrestler and boxer, but he realized during World War II that traditional fighting styles were inadequate in unofficiated, real-world conflicts. And so he developed krav maga, which is now the official self-defense system of the Israeli armed forces. At Krav Maga Novi, however, instructors teach the style to civilians, from its basic headlocks and punches to techniques for defeating multiple attackers without first convincing them to form a conga line. Classes at the studio can also focus on specialty areas, such as ground fighting, kickboxing, and defeating opponents armed with sticks, knives, and other weapons.
Each boot camp spans four weeks of exercise, with classes held up to five days a week. Classes might meet indoors or out, depending on which of the nine locations a client chooses to attend, but the regimen of exercise remains the same. Trainers cook up new routines daily, which might include fitness kickboxing, jump-roping, obstacle courses, or sport yoga, in which the class plays a scrimmage using the first student who manages to contort themselves into the shape of a football.
As a doctor, Mike Sartorius knew that packing on pounds every winter and struggling to shed them the following spring was setting his body up for a major metabolic breakdown. Even after he finally decided to lose the weight and keep it off, it took him five up-and-down years to learn the habits that would lead to long-lasting results. Once he nailed down his five principles of staying fit, however, his body underwent a transformation. Before long, his career would follow suit.
Dr. Mike soon teamed up with his friend, Jerry Lockwood, to found VIP Training and Fitness. The boot camp, which draws on Dr. Mike's experiences with weight loss, proved an initial success and has since been featured on shows such as MTV's I Used To Be Fat. Dr. Mike and Jerry continue to host boot camps at two locations, though nine other trainers have stepped up to pack each week's schedule with 27 available classes. In all of these classes, trainers strive to maintain a balance between fun and intensity. They ensure their campers’ safety at all times by demonstrating proper form and using seat belts as resistance bands.
Rasa Yoga is an Anusara yoga studio, stretching limbs until their alignment unfurls bodies into a stress-relieving state of unity and relaxation. Derived from the school of Hatha yoga, Anusara yoga unifies a philosophy of intrinsic goodness with universal principles of alignment, like a campfire sing-along with Jupiter's moons. A one-month membership grants students unlimited access inside the bright, calming studio, allowing members to choose from an all-day schedule of classes, from basics to prenatal yoga, which connects a mother and child without leaving the mark of a secondary bellybutton.
Bass pulses synch up with heartbeats as up-tempo music reverberates off the sunset-orange walls of the studio at H.E.A.T. 4 Athletes. The sound rattles free weights, massive car tires, and advanced RealRyder exercise bikes, which add side-to-side motion to stationary-bike workouts. The gym, whose name is an acronym for "highly effective athletic training," hosts high-intensity boot-camp classes, cycling courses, and personal-training sessions throughout the week. A staff of certified instructors captain each session, guiding students through effective movements and exercises beneath television screens displaying energizing videos rather than popular morality plays about tortoises.