Inside the 1,300-square-foot training area of Estero Martial Arts & Fitness, experienced and certified instructors teach classes for children and adults. Their curriculums include mixed martial arts, martial-arts drills for children aged 3–6, kickboxing, and aikido. The facility also hosts a pro shop for equipment, as well as an observation area with seating for onlookers.
The Punta Gorda Club unleashes muscular potential with an on-site nutritionist, a well-equipped gym, six clay tennis courts, and more than 80 group fitness classes each week. During a one-on-one nutrition consultation and dietary analysis (a $99 value), the club's food guru will discuss each client's eating habits, then draft a written meal plan that outlines what flavors of Twinkies they're allowed to eat. Additionally, an unlimited one-month membership (a $90 value, including enrollment fee) lets patrons loose to toughen tendons on the gym's playground of cardio machines, free weights, and step-aerobics teeter-totters. Members can also choose from more than 11 types of group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and Pilates, to tone their tummies in tandem or swat serves on six clay tennis courts.
Helmed by Sarge, a certified trainer, U.S. Army veteran, and cofounder of Da Vinci BodyBoard Fitness Europe, Naples Fitness Boot Camp's motivating all-levels workouts propel clients toward fitness goals. Like a snowman's fingerprints, no two sessions are identical, but all include one hour of physical challenges such as obstacle courses, short-distance runs, yoga poses, and jump-rope drills. Strength training with kettlebells and sandbags tones the entire body and builds muscle mass to burn calories efficiently. The schedule varies by season and typically includes men's, women's, and coed workouts. Classes take place outside, rain or shine, except during hurricanes, floods, and falling-piano storms.
For the past years, the professional staff at Ronnie G's Fitness have helped clients achieve their health fitness goals. One of their greatest assets is the vibrating Power Plate machine, which Ronnie G's Fitness has been using for over 10 years. It enhances workouts by making muscles contract and easing the strain on joints.
Likewise, the studio's Range of Motion machine accommodates brief but high-intensity exercises with its various pedals and extensions. A session on the ROM machine might run as short as four minutes—the amount of time it takes a giant to bend down and fasten his velcro tennis shoes—and covers strength, flexibility, and cardio maneuvers, burning up to 800 calories throughout the rest of the day.
Just as the workouts scale to students of all fitness levels, they extend to those of all ages as well. The center's CrossFit Kids program is designed to help children and the adults who play them on TV build a solid foundation for a fit, healthy life by challenging them to fun, functional workouts that mimic the movements they do every day, such as jumping, pulling, running, and climbing. Like the adult version, CrossFit Kids is just as beneficial to less-active children as it is to youth athletes, as the challenges are scaled to each student's ability and success is measured on an individual level.
West Coast Boot Camp is a gym with no walls. Trainer Stacey Lins eschews stagnant air and clanging machines for wide-open spaces, turning clients into all-terrain exercisers. Groups take to sandy beaches and synchronize crunches with the waves or pour into empty parking garages to bang out pushups on cool concrete.