During the six-week outdoor training camp from Maximum Results, a certified strength and conditioning specialist guides a team of fitness fanatics through one-hour classes to rev up the heart, tone muscles, and shed weight. The trainer also places emphasis on nutritional guidance to help aimless appetites navigate a more robust diet. Body measurements are recorded at the beginning, middle, and end of camp to map body-fat emigration, muscular influx, and circulatory gerrymandering. Camps meet for convivial lung pumping Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Meadows Park.
The sound of little limbs cutting into clear water with increasing confidence fills Quality Swimming's facilities, where instructors keep class sizes small in order to give individual attention and encouragement to each student. All instructors bear Red Cross certifications in CPR, standard first aid, and general lifeguard skills, and some hold additional honors such as degrees in infant teaching from the United States Swim School or certifications in instruction for developmentally disabled students. The trainers also undergo extensive training in Quality Swimming's in-house program, which includes observational sessions, seminars, and shadowing with senior teachers. Despite this intensive program, they continue to hone their skills year-round with local and national workshops, regular in-house refresher training, and international Marco Polo tournaments.
Students of all experience levels slowly grow to revel in the dreamlike effortlessness of movement through water in outdoor pools at three locations. Instructors pass on basic water-safety skills and more advanced swimming techniques, always with the principal aim of teaching students to exist comfortably within water and respect the pool noodle's natural ecosystem.
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.
For the trainers behind CobraFit, exercise alone isn't enough: even the best workout will get clients only part of the way to the body they want. That's why they include energy drinks and recovery shakes to maximize the results of each workout. Their high-intensity resistance-training sessions are designed to simultaneously burn fat and build lean muscle in just 30 minutes, which flies by as instructors blast upbeat music and students burn up to 500 calories after each workout. CobraFit also provides complimentary body profiles that help reveal how quickly the metabolism runs, how the body is aging, and how simple lifestyle adjustments can enhance overall fitness.
The professional hip shakers at Cheeky Bellydancer teach and perform belly-dancing maneuvers culled from Turkey and Egypt. Some jewel-clad shimmiers set swords aflame while dancing, and others incorporate moves honed on Egyptian movie sets. When they aren't adding a colorful spectacle to weddings and other events, the belly dancers help newcomers learn the ropes with lessons.
Evolution Fitness's team includes trainers, fitness instructors, and nutrition experts who combine their expertise to create a well-rounded support network for guests. The gym's group fitness classes divide participants by ability level in order to ease newcomers into the routine, helping them achieve goals ranging from weight loss to improved athletic performance.