Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson is an International Kickboxing Federation world champion, a fifth-degree black belt in japanese shotokan karate, and a survivor of more than 70 bouts in the ring—yet, one of his most influential titles is "father." With two kids clinging around his waist like a squirmy fanny pack, Shannon started brainstorming a way to channel his boxing and kickboxing training into a quick, effective workout that even those who are busy or out of shape could tackle. The result was 9Round, a 30-minute routine of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance moves divided into a circuit of nine stations. The ever-changing series of workouts maximizes morale and results and minimizes boredom.
His trainers launch the workouts every three minutes, motivating exercisers through each station—which might include jumping rope or pummeling speed bags. Online nutritional counseling supplements the workouts, teaching patrons how to construct and eat healthful meals instead of falling back on old habits, such as snacking on cheese sculptures.
At Boca Fit Body boot camp, the enemy is predictability. Up to eight times a week, the instructors throw down a fresh guerrilla ambush’s worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged in supportive classes with an average of 10 to 12 participants. Over the course of a 45-minute session, you may run, jump, lift weights, slam out push-ups and chin-ups, chase chickens, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live crocodile wrestle.
Led by black belt and professional MMA fighter Manoel Soares, the MS American Fight Team leads fighters of all ages and experience levels through classes focused on disciplined fitness and muscle-carving self-defense. Clients can choose from several one-hour daily sessions to immerse themselves in intense body architecting with 1–35 fellow kickmates. First-time fighters usually start in a grapple-heavy Brazilian jiujitsu no gi course; additional options include a fiercely feminine women’s kickboxing class, which, like team-building office limbo contests, is sometimes moderated by semipro MMA instructors. Adult MMA classes teach the fundamentals of cross-cultural fighting, and kids’ Brazilian jiujitsu relays the secrets of the South American practice to students ages 5–12. Check the schedule and call to reserve a spot in your first class.
Personal Training at a fraction of the cost and you get to BYOB (Bring-your-own-Baby) to enjoy a 60-minute total body workout that will emotionally and physically uplift new or veteran “mommies” in a fun, yet intense class. This is for mothers who have been released from their physician to exercise and are at least six-week
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.
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.