When it comes to getting fit, it’s no longer about the big, anonymous box gym. These days, the latest fitness craze is one-on-one training, where the goal is to maximize the workouts and help participants achieve their fitness goals faster. Peak Physique & Performance provides exactly that in their personal training space and in their group training studio – just don’t expect to come and lounge around. There are no chairs inside Peak Physique, just two stools and a lot of gear to train with. The small, certified staff use various cardio and strength training machines, free weights, resistance tubes and medicine balls to craft body parts to their maximum potential. Other than that, there’s a small changing room and showers, and a bunch of dedicated fitness folks inside, sweating and working hard.
At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.
Although many language schools use the technique of total immersion by having teachers speak exclusively to students in the target tongue, that immersion often disintegrates outside of the classroom. But not at Ceves Spanish School. The educational hub is located in the middle of Miami, a city known for its Latin American cultural heritage. Following any Spanish-language class, students can practice their listening and speaking skills throughout the community at its endless restaurants, nightclubs, and beaches.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Miami Protection's team members see to the well-being of South Floridians through a slate of security and private-investigation services. With backgrounds that include military experience and police work, they lead training that ranges from basic firearms operations for personal defense to nonlethal submission tactics for law enforcement. Beyond training, these security experts also offer specialized services, such as setting up video surveillance for homes and businesses, as well as secure transportation for late-night grocery runs..
Security is at the core of everything Blackwater Agency does. The company dispatches bodyguards to protect business executives and celebrities and to escort VIPs to and from destinations. Their security officers maintain order at locations such as malls, apartment complexes, and individual homes. To cast an even wider safety net, Blackwater Agency also hosts various classes led by self-defense experts and NRA-certified firearms instructors that instill the principles of general defense as well as courses that help participants meet the requirements for security officer certification.