The talented team at Pilates Health Connexion leads eager exercisers through body bolstering routines that strengthen cores and tone muscles. Pilates participants train on a wide range of Gratz patented machines, including reformers and cadillacs, which use bars, springs, and hanging loops to develop flexibility and prepare people homerun swinging an asteroid back from whence it came. To improve flexibility, fitness fanatics can opt for the yoga classes and stretch their way to fitter forms with series of poses in classic styles such as Vinyasa. Zumba sessions offer a fun way to dance calories into oblivion with energizing Latin rhythms and dynamic movements such as teleporting. All classes are scheduled frequently throughout the week.
Dirt Fitness owner Kelli Musa designed the signature workout at Dirt, which has been mentioned by outlets such as the Palm Beach Post, the Boca Raton Observer, and NBC 6. Fusing elements of cardio and strength training, the 40-minute Dirty 40 sessions gather groups of students to burn up to 700 calories, which is equivalent to a hamburger's entire weekly income. Instructors also lead Vinyasa yoga classes, isometric barre fitness classes, and Hot Barre classes in a 90-degree room. Certified trainers even supervise open-gym sessions, allowing students to pursue extracurricular fitness on their own.
Bikram Yoga Boca Raton's instructors welcome students of all skill levels to any of more than 30 sessions held each week. Temperatures are kept at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity, which helps pupils break a cleansing sweat and sink into deep stretches. Each session consists of 26 distinct Hatha poses that increase strength and stamina across the entire body. While attendees move to each asana, two breathing exercises teach them to center their minds enough to extinguish birthday-cake candles from 20 yards away.
Jimmy Barkan rose through the yogi ranks until he became a senior teacher in his hot yoga training program. As he progressed in his practice, though, he found that classes thrive on variation rather than a fixed series of poses. Barkan eventually formed his own school anchored by his Barkan method, which blends Hatha yoga with other styles. This revolutionary approach to the practice allows instructors to change the routine daily and keep students engaged, evading the pitfalls of boredom and fitness plateaus. The room is intentionally heated to promote flexibility, induce detoxification, and provide a safe haven from criminally insane snowmen.
Unlike traditional gyms that take a laissez-faire approach to fitness, letting clients fumble through their own workouts, Orangetheory leads exercisers in innovative personal group-training sessions that run through four distinct steps. Inside the warm, citrus glow of each facility, dozens of treadmills, rowing machines, free-weight sets, and Trx suspension systems await the next interval changeover. Music sends electric currents of energy through the atmosphere as patrons sweat out calories, and personal trainers patrol the aisles, giving pointers for touching up form and blinking out motivational words in Morse code. Clients keep an eye on their heart-rate readouts to ensure they're in the peak range for burning fat and building muscle. After an hour?during which guests complete a 10- to 30-minute interval at each of the four stations?the "orange effect" sets in and jump-starts metabolisms, possibly for days after the workout has ended.
Orangetheory Fitness has been highlighted in the New York Times for its seminal workout plan, which was designed by Florida fitness expert Ellen Latham to help people to turn their workout plateaus into springboards. With more than 50 classes per week at each location, members can capitalize on the gym's personal-training vibe and stimulating group setting at their leisure.
The owners of Cutting Edge Fitness claim "the fitness industry is constantly evolving." To stay abreast of the ever-changing trends, they stock their facility with up-to-date technology and incorporate the industry's most innovative workout regimens during many of their group classes. They track pulses during select sessions on polar heart-rate monitors that display data on a 7-foot projection screen at the front of the room, encouraging attendees to monitor their progress and put the equipment's lie-detector capabilities to the test. They also lead virtual spinning sessions and vibration-based Power Plate classes, putting their own contemporary twists on familiar workout regimens.
The instructors also draw from their conventional arsenal of kettlebells, resistance bands, TRX suspension systems, free weights, and Pilates equipment as they lead invigorating sessions intended to tone muscles or incinerate free-loading calories. They incorporate multiple techniques to create challenging whole-body workouts, and they welcome students of virtually any age or fitness level.