Before self-defense courses, punching bags would sit for months without feeling the warm caress of a clenched human fist. Arm arms against assailants with today's Groupon to Rondeau's Kickboxing, redeemable at the Johnston, Woonsocket, West Warwick, Tiverton, and Warwick locations. Choose between the following options:
• For $21, you get 21 days of unlimited fitness classes (a $197 value).
• For $99, you get five personal-training sessions (a $225 value).
Rondeau's Kickboxing is an all-women's gym focused on using boxing and kickboxing to improve fitness and provide self-defense skills. In Fitness Kickboxing, real kickboxing and boxing moves awaken latent muscle groups and destroy stubborn fat enclaves. An experienced instructor—such as Heidi, who has lost 75 pounds herself—will motivate trainees during the treadmill sessions and free weightathons of a group personal-training session. Meanwhile, the Push It! class is a variety pack of exercises that incorporates weights and cardio into a kicking and punching routine more effective than most tantrums. During an individual personal-training session, one of Rondeau's fierce-footed trainers preps bodies with a 15-minute warm up, then guides the student through a 45-minute assault on physical limitations. Men are allowed access to these classes and sessions upon referral.
In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau’s Kickboxing. The 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly’s readers’ pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.