Even if their clients never intend to step into the ring, the certified trainers at Mittwork Fitness LLC train them with some of the same techniques as prizefighters. Through a noncontact quartet of boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and fitness classes, the coaches foster svelte frames and stronger limbs with combinations of mitt work, heavy-bag workouts, and boot-camp-style exercise. Meanwhile, students gain confidence and soak up the fundamentals of martial-arts techniques without ever having to spar with other students or engage in competition.
Unlike many yoga studios, which focus on just one style of yoga—such as Bikram—Alma Yoga teaches classes inspired by various styles, including Kundalini, Flow, Ashtanga, and Hatha. And classes that are supposed to follow one style might not even do that because instructors such as Kelly Damon, a certified Vinyasa instructor who teaches most of Alma's classes, rely on poses from multiple disciplines. Kelly focuses primarily on teaching the Principles of Movement to help beginner through advanced students connect to themselves through breathing and proper alignment.
Under the constant threat of invasion, the soldiers of Thailand (then known as Siam) developed a style of combat based on swordplay but practiced with empty hands. The fighting art grew into a spectator sport for royalty, and lives on to this day in the form of muay thai. At Newburgh Muay Thai, instructors preserve the art, culture, and context of Thai fighting, embracing Khanomtom muay thai—the sport’s most traditional form. Instructors travel each year to Thailand to train for a month, sparring with and learning from current and former champions before bringing their knowledge and skills back to students in New York. The gym also offers training in western-style boxing as well as cardio kickboxing.