Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out, according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or hot-pink tutus. nstead, the staff, which features trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista, lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions as seasoned coaches oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement. Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina with hops and leaps. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting sinews, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Also, instructors instill in their clients the CrossFit style, with functional movements designed to boost strength, power, and coordination. Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces, which lack the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. Between adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
Dr. Cynthia began her medical studies in China's Hunan province, graduating with a medical degree in 1983. In 1999, she moved to Florida, took continuing-education classes, became certified as an acupuncture physician in the state, and set up her own practice.
Armed with years of experience treating patients both abroad and in the United States, Dr. Cynthia customizes acupuncture treatments to alleviate a wide range of maladies, from anxiety and hypertension to arthritis and chronic pain. She also uses the hair-thin needles on faces in an effort to boost collagen production and combat a variety of skin disorders. In addition to her acupuncture services, Dr. Cynthia offers nutrition advice and relies on her onsite herbal supply to assuage ills.
Instructors Chris Kidawski and Devin Delucia lead intense CrossFit sessions with a focus on proper form and movement. Kidawski, a former personal trainer for several NFL players, brings the same expertise to training amateur athletes and everyday exercisers. Devin, a natural teacher and communicator, is able to fine-tune workouts to individuals. Together, they push people to their limits while remaining cognizant of caring for stressed muscles and avoiding injury. Running, biking, swimming, and rowing exercises are incorporated into their CrossFit workouts to enhance physical abilities such as strength, endurance, and flexibility, among many others.
Medical esthetician and certified permanent makeup artist, Teresa Dulong has more than 25 years of experience in her filed. Teresa offers a variety of services, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, photofacials, and skin-tightening treatments. Teresa also helps rejuvenate client appearances with more cosmetic-based services, including custom-blending foundation to suit individual skin tones and providing permanent makeup. In order to stay abreast of the constantly changing industry, Teresa attends conferences and seminars to learn new technology and deepen her skills.
Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.
Healing Hands of Boca Raton digs deep to diagnosis, align, and ultimately prevent vertebral subluxations. Dr. Pennino and his staff walk all patients through an introductory analysis, using X-rays to identify the condition and health of spinal bones. The center harnesses K-light therapy to soothe surly muscles, and supplements their treatments with nutritional counseling.
The instructors at Zen Den Yoga School are so dedicated to creating a welcoming community environment that they eschew rigid class prices. Instead, they ask only for donations, inviting everyone to join them in sun salutations during chakra flows and vigorous vinyasa classes despite their financial background. Led by founder of the school and studio, Ira Schneider—a 500-hour RYT certified instructor—has spent the past three years teaching on his yoga farm in Guatemala and has recently brought his teachings of sadhana yoga to South Florida. The studio's instructors—all of whom have completed at least 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification program—alongside Ira, help students of all ages and abilities develop their own personal practice and celebrate life.
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