Between 1984 and 1986, Michael Echevarria. For three years running, he out-hoisted all comers to become, and stay, the U.S. Air Force powerlifting champion in his class. But it wasn’t until 1996, when he started training for bodybuilding competitions—which emphasize aesthetics and pageantry over raw power—that he learned how hard it is to shed body fat.
As a personal trainer and owner of Fitness by Example, he leverages that struggle to deliver tailored programs and boot camps to his clients that help them lose weight and build muscle. Clients, ranging from 11 to 91, amp up cardio strength during outdoor boot camps or glean all kinds of benefits, such as lower cholesterol, during one-on-one sessions. When he’s not helping patrons hit their target weight right in its smirking face, Echevarria authors myriad articles that outline clever tricks for speeding up metabolism or the benefits of flexibility.
Marino Dance Club founders Cindie and Jose Marino each bring more than 28 years of experience to the dance floor as they edify couples, kids, or solo dancers in the art of ballroom dance. Students can bring a partner or meet someone new in the intimate studio characterized by warmly painted walls and lighting that turns down when the music comes up or multiple microwaves are used at once. Group or private lessons cover the fundamental steps, spins, and transitions of styles such as the waltz, tango, and cha-cha, and practice parties provide a social gathering to try out newly acquired skill sets. Twice a year, Marino Dance Club invites its student body to the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Orlando to showcase their talents with freestyle dances and solo exhibitions in front of a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.
Quintavius Bell competed among his peers from junior high—where he played team sports at the highest level in Class 6A—to college, as a Division I athlete. Along the way, he discovered that he not only took joy in training himself, but in helping others to achieve their goals, and later founded Competitive Edge Fit to make athlete-level training available to anyone. The results-oriented, dynamic training services are designed to motivate clients to attain overall or sports-specific goals. The staff of experienced, specialized trainers help clients achieve their full potential, whether its by burning calories in group Zumba classes or achieving faster sprint times with speed training in one-on-one sports clinics.
Head coach Ricardo Mendez III and his team lead CrossFit workouts engineered to rebuild clients' bodies from the ground up. Workouts incorporating weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, and cardio, and they can be scaled to suit each student's level of fitness.