Hands up who's already failed on the "get healthy" bit of their New Year's resolutions? We don't blame you, getting yourself to the gym on snowy mornings, or in the evening when it's already dark by 5, can be enough in itself to make that particular resolution fall by the wayside.
The solution? Start going to classes that take working out and make them fun, interesting, or just generally awesome. If you have fitness goals with real-world applications and benefits, such as learning self-defense, something tangible to work towards, working out becomes way more appealing - you can see your progress way more easily. Sure, 2017 can be the year you get fit, but why not take it to the next level by mastering a new skill?
Aside from upping your health game, Mississauga's latest fitness studio trains you in some of the best self-defense skills in the world. Elite Martial Arts, long regarded as Toronto and the GTA's best Krav Maga training provider, having won Consumer’s Choice awards in 2015 and 2016, are bringing their A-game to Mississauga, aiming to get you to your peak fitness in the coolest way possible: through Krav Maga.
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Krav Maga is a Self Defense System originally developed for the Israeli Defense Forces, so there's no playing around when it comes to the techniques it teaches you. The fight-style is perfectly suited to a street fight situation - there are no rules to follow, no respectful bowing before a brawl - to win against a would-be attacker, you've gotta have an arsenal of techniques at your disposal and be prepared for whatever they may throw at you (literally in some cases).
One of the best things about Krav Maga is that with quality training, anyone can pick it up in next to no time. It doesn't matter if you're a seven-foot lumberjack or light as a feather, Krav Maga not only improves your strength, but it makes you smarter. It trains you to make well-placed and well-timed hits, take advantage of your opponent's weaknesses, and ultimately win you the fight.
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Mississaugans now have the latest of Elite Martial Arts' Krav Maga training centres within easy reach. The new location is owned and operated by Ed Wood, who not only has over 34 years of martial arts experience but is also the head instructor and co-founder of The Krav Maga Association of Canada and has also personally trained many highly regarded Krav Maga instructors across the country. To put it another way, you'll be training with the absolute best this country has to offer in a welcoming and encouraging environment.
In fact, every instructor at Elite goes through rigorous training and certification through the Krav Maga Association of Canada, so you know that any training you receive there is second to none. To become the best, you've gotta learn from the best!
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If you feel like Krav Maga isn't for you, there are tons of other classes on offer at the fitness center, including Elite Conditioning (a 30-minute full-body workout with its roots in martial arts training), weapons defense training, classes specifically catering to women's self-defense, and a certified Muay Thai program in partnership with SiamNo1, Canada's longest running Muay Thai school.
Classes are open to anyone and everyone, so it doesn't matter if you're just starting out, or have been training for years - you'll be welcome at Elite Martial Arts. Additionally, all of their schools are located within Wynn Fitness Studios, so you get full access to all of their amenities including showers, lockers, and hot sauna to help you unwind after your workout.
Granted, you won't be transformed into a Krav Maga beast overnight. Like all great things, it takes some work, but if you bring the dedication, Elite Martial Arts will meet you with enthusiasm and passion, and you'll soon master the skills, exceeding way more than just your fitness goals for 2017. Make this the year you find and unleash your inner badass!