The pen is mightier than the sword, but that’s only because the pen spends three nights a week bench-pressing paper clips. Stay in tip-top sharp-object-dodging shape with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get five women’s kettlebell-kickboxing classes at Anderson's Martial Arts Academy (a $100 value). Anderson's Martial Arts Academy's online schedule lists class times and dates.
Anderson's Martial Arts Academy, featured on Good Morning America, coaxes muscles forth from their sub-epidermal hideouts with kettlebell-kickboxing classes that can increase agility, strength, endurance, and coordination for students of all fitness levels. The one-hour, female-only classes employ a kettlebell, a cast-iron weight that encourages ballistic and swinging motions, to sculpt the entire body into a Tolstoy-slinging machine. Anderson's muscle movers combine the non-impact kettlebell training with the fat-burning, tiger-like movements of Muay Thai martial arts in order to chisel and lengthen muscles. During each class, up to 30 bell-hurlers can potentially burn 600–1000 calories an hour, which is equivalent to approximately four Doritos sandwiches.
After each class, punchy pupils enjoy access to the sprawling 12,000-square-foot fight complex at Anderson's, complete with heavy bags, a mixed-martial-arts and boxing ring, and cardio equipment specifically selected to enhance martial-arts training. Participants have access to on-site shower facilities and should arrive dressed in comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement, such as T-shirts, sweatpants, or Spider-Man footie pajamas.
A kettlebell feels extra heavy in the hands of fitness expert and martial artist Dasha Libin. After all, she's packed over a decade of work into into that seemingly simple workout tool. That's how long it took for Libin to develop her signature Kettlebell Kickboxing system, a method in which she draws on her background in martial arts and her masters degree in sports science to help people dramatically transform their lives.
Men and women can experience this unique workout through in-person classes in NYC and home fitness DVD programs. In both, an instructor calls them to grab hold of kettlebells—or dumbbells, if they prefer—and then guides them through motions that echo martial arts disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, French kickboxing, and martial arts yoga. The programs also incorporate basic nutrition rules and guidelines to help encourage lasting lifestyle changes. It's an approach that has earned Kettlebell Kickboxing praise from outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Shape Magazine.
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