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.
Though they lead group classes at multiple studio locations, the instructors at Latin Explosion Dance School don't need an official dance floor to showcase their moves. They've twirled on the Orlando Magic's basketball court during halftime, and they visit clients' homes for private lessons in salsa, merengue, bachata, and hip-hop. Such versatility enables them to teach a wide span of styles, from Latin dances such as flamenco and tango to ballroom and belly dance. They pass on their learned footwork to pupils of all ages, encouraging their diverse base of protégés to mingle at in-house talent-show socials and group travel events. A more intensive lesson plan comes in the form of their four-week workshops, during which they help dancers develop techniques and impress key differences between dance styles, including the variances in mambo versus salsa beats and how to distinguish a conga line from a linear group hug.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
At Seminole Chiropractic Center, Doctor of Chiropractic Karl Lewin treats ailing backs and necks that cause strain on his patients' everyday lives. Alongside chiropractic adjustments that can relieve back pain, headaches, and whiplash, the center offers massages from a licensed practitioner. These treatments include therapeutic, relaxation, and deep-tissue massages, as well as prenatal massages, which soothe expectant mothers whose joints and muscles are tight from quality testing baby cribs.
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.