Certified personal trainer Samantha Shay leads small groups of female campers through intense strength-training and cardio exercises in the verdant expanse of Gardner Field. To keep students encouraged throughout each four-week session, she doles out nutritional counseling and enthusiastic high-fives. On Saturdays, Shay offers a lighthearted boot camp for kids, leading exercise routines and teamwork exercises that build fitness.
With locations spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, iLoveKickboxing.com has trimmed the waistlines of thousands of members while bolstering their confidence levels with engaging and varied total-body workouts. The program blends kickboxing techniques into a fat-burning, muscle-toning, and endurance-enhancing regimen. Limbs warm up with a quick jog before taking down imaginary opponents with a set of practice kicks and punches to drive home proper technique. The pummeling then switches to the one of many freestanding heavy bags, and incorporates ducking and weaving to boost heart rates. Teamwork drills help members tone up while cultivating camaraderie, which could lead to a partnership inspiring future buddy-cop-movie sensations.
A former member of the Puerto Rican national boxing team and a certified personal trainer, Hector Morales lends his considerable experience to The Boxing Yard. There, he leads fun and exciting classes in an old-school boxing gym with the telling motto, "Bare bones, high-quality, results-oriented training." Sixty-minute cardio-boxing classes work with a heavy bag but don't involve actual sparring. Instead, students simulate three-minute rounds of boxing with one-minute intervals of shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, working the speed bag, and doing mitt work.
In the four and a half years Beaches Boxing Bunnies has been open, owner and sole trainer Ann Marie Route—a boxer with over six years of experience and certification as a USA Boxing coach—has never turned a client away due to a disability. In fact, Ann Marie believes so much in supporting healthy lifestyles for all that she personalizes her women-only boxing classes to suit each of her clients’ abilities, fitness levels, and needs. Ann Marie strives to create camaraderie among her students as she challenges them with constantly changing routines filled with real boxing drills. To ensure her students are up to the test, Ann Marie holds optional weekly sparring sessions.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.