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Forteza instructor Jesse Kulla says the appeal of combat-based exercise comes from the romance of fighting that "lives in our hearts."

Chicago fitness studio aims to revive 19th century 'physical culture'

by Nate Mickelberg
Jul 30, 2013

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Forteza students train with swords, shields and even tomahawks as part of a class offered at the studio.

As non-traditional workouts continue to gain popularity, one Chicago gym is using 19th century weapons and giant tires to give its members a whole new kind of exercise experience.