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 tiptop sharp-object-dodging shape with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get eight cardio-kickboxing classes at Five Star Martial Arts in North Syracuse (a $64 value).
Five Star Martial Arts helps exercisers of all levels shape up and slim down with calorie-burning cardio-kickboxing classes. A highly trained instructor begins each class with a 15-minute rhythmic cardio session to kick-start body engines and wake up sleeping blood pumpers. Students may then slip on a pair of boxing gloves to work with bags, tackle targets, and punch wave masters in the face, successfully expanding their fitness repertoire with a blend of karate, Muay Thai kickboxing, and aerobic moves. During the 45- to 60-minute classes, participants burn fat and build strength by working core and limb muscles, obviating the need for additional treadmill marathons or full-contact jumping jacks.
Five Star Martial Arts
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.