Before the invention of boxing, fighters studied under junior-high vice principals to build discipline and settled disputes with full-contact mathlete tournaments. Graduate to more evolved combat with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a five-class punch card good for any class at Patriot Boxing in Elmhurst (a $75 value).
Patriot Boxing hones physiques into fighting shape with a bevy of martial-arts-based classes taught by a well-muscled group of instructors. A full schedule of classes meets during the day, seven days a week, infusing bodies with basic boxing technique as well as training in a variety of other disciplines. Boxing burns calories with punches and fancy footwork and its cousin, kickboxing, invites knees, elbows, and feet to pump up the aerobic portion of the workout. Wrestling classes teach students the takedowns, grapples, and baffling riddles necessary to defeat foes on the mat. Or, take a potent dose of fighting power packed with a variety of combat modalities in mixed martial arts. General-conditioning classes are also available for those who spar with general enemies. Each class varies its workouts to keep bodies guessing, preventing unchallenged muscles from crafting messy spitball arsenals out of boredom.
Combining his combat training with his takedown expertise earned during a stint on the U.S. Navy wrestling team, pro MMA fighter Nick Janowitz opened his own mixed-martial-arts gym to help others hone their battle skills. Patriot Boxing hosts several results-oriented programs that lead patrons of all fitness levels in ring-ready punches, strength drills, and grappling holds. The gym is divided into specialized arenas built to host a multitude of fighting styles and conditioning. A brigade of 20 heavy hanging bags absorbs kickboxing pummels, and competition-size wrestling mats and a fight cage cushion combat. Conditioning classes are furnished with battling ropes and oversize tires, which when combined can become tire swings for rhinos. Patrons can seek personalized guidance with private training seminars, and occupy their youngsters during workouts with kids' classes and activities in the onsite playroom.