La Playa Water Sports thrills customers with its aquatic thrill rides, including a new one: the flyboard. After the rider is strapped in, they're propelled up to 30 feet into the air—or dive below the water's surface—thanks to powerful jets of water spewing from the board-mounted boots and wrist-mounted nozzles. The durable craft draws its power from any personal watercraft, such as a jet ski or hyperactive dolphin, letting the fun go on and on. Certified trainers, including Fredrick Senn, one of the first flyboarders in the area, are always on hand to fit clients with life jackets and helmets and to cover safety tips and basic operation before each session. Though the waterfront facility specializes in flyboards and banana boats, future services will include surfboard and kayak lessons and rentals.
When the sun is shining and the air is warm, you can spot coaches Steven and Gaby, a 2013 CrossFit Games Winner, leading energetic CrossFit classes at local beaches and parks. On weekdays, classes take place in an intimate studio packed with weights and functional equipment. Using kettlebells, medicine balls, and body weight as their tools, the coaches guide students through creative workouts designed to build muscle, speed, and endurance. They frequently draw exercises from gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting to create their diverse workouts. The staff strives to build a supportive community in the gym, providing students with constant motivation and graciously accepting even the ugliest of hand-knit gym socks as gifts.
Neuromuscular therapist Ilana Spodak relieves clients of chronic pain with a combination of massage, orthopedic therapy, and exercise. Her client list includes those who have suffered injuries, professional athletes, and full-contact Twister players, and she's worked alongside lauded surgeons and neurologists while honing her healing skills. But the person who most strongly influenced Ilana's career is her own mother, who was debilitated by an auto accident. Her experience while healing is what inspired Ilana to pursue a career in pain relief.
At Muscular Rehabilitation Center of Florida, along with director Mary Engroff, P.T., P.A.C., she calls upon this personal connection to help others heal, providing services that include not only neuromuscular and massage therapy, but also sports therapy. She and her team also work to correct poor posture caused by sitting at a desk all day.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ryan Spicuzzo integrates acupuncture and nutrition into his practice at Deerfield Health and Wellness Center. Dr. Spicuzzo earned his degree at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, thereafter developing a treatment style that's nurturing and effective. Balancing a patient's diet and energy complements a traditional approach to pathology, in which palpation, x-rays, and biting criticism from the doctor's old football coach quickly reveal old wounds that may be healed with adjustments and massage therapy. He and his team use this system to alleviate symptoms and set up maintenance plans for long-term health. In addition to his focus on holistic care, Dr. Spicuzzo specializes in relieving injuries from car accidents and athletics.
A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.
Since graduating from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry with honors, Dr. Seechel Patel has been demonstrating her personalized approach to correcting vision in a private-practice setting. She specializes in contact-lens fittings, glaucoma treatment, and family eyecare, with a particular interest in conducting early childhood exams in a campaign against amblyopia. She is also on hand to offer an opinion or standing ovation as patients model frames from brands such as Gucci, Lafont, or Montblanc.