From Our Editors
Weak bodies are whittled into lean, muscular fighting machines as instructors at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teach the martial arts styles used for UFC competition, self-defense, and overall conditioning. Men, women, and kids train in the company of students such as professional fighter Cain Velasquez and instructor Daniel Cormier, a former Olympian. AKA's state-of-the-art 8,000-square-foot facility is split among four parts with MMA, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing classes. Additionally, AKA offers nutritional instruction as well as group-training and private professional sessions, which take place in modern training studios with heavy bags, speed bags, and Olympic-grade mats. The Hillsdale location also features a professional-size ring for sparring or marriage-proposal practice.