Sunlight streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing Erin Haag, her troupe of Power Pilates–certified instructors, and small-group exercisers in light as they tone cores and build muscle on the black Reformer machines. Pilates of Palm Beach’s titular Pilates classes stay true to Joseph Pilates’s six foundational principles, including focusing on executing each exercise with complete muscular control, initiating movements from your core, and paying complete attention to the exercise and nothing else, not even the gorilla in the middle of the room. Instructors also complement the Pilates classes with more peaceful yoga classes.
The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
The fitness gurus at Ground Zero Fitness eschew the clammy confines of the gym for the wide-open turf of Seacrest Soccer Complex, where beginner and advanced athletes alike meet up to motivate each other through 60-minute boot camps. Clients hoist themselves toward the sky on pull up stations, roll tires across the field, perform floor exercises, and heft free weights at high-octane intervals that are broken up by shorts periods of rest. Those looking for more focused attention can opt for semiprivate or one-on-one sessions, which the instructors customize to suit the client’s specific goals.
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.
Geri Cue began her career in massage therapy, where she remained for a decade before moving onto personal training. As a trainer, Geri helped clients of all ages achieve their fitness goals, but soon realized: something was missing from what she'd called a "complete workout." That's when Geri found Pilates, a practice she connected with not only for its physical benefits, but for its potential mental perks, too.
Now a certified Pilates instructor with her own studio, Geri has fused experiences from her past with traditional Pilates routines to create one unique approach to fitness. At her facility, Geri leads students through mat, reformer, and chair classes, making sure to work in what she refers to as the "three B's"–bands, bars, and balls, all of which aim to make students stronger and more flexible.