The lithe instructors at Bikram Yoga University Village guide students through famed yogi Bikram Choudhury's 26 poses and two breathing exercises within a balmy, spa-like studio. During 90-minute routines, thermometers in the CO2-controlled room hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity and a 0% chance of rain to aid in stretching and in the body's detox potential. The studio's slip-resistant carpet keeps poses firmly intact, and UV lighting helps repel bacteria and class-disrupting vampires. During classes, floor-length mirrors help students perfect their poses, and the facility's well-maintained locker rooms wash away one's hard-earned sweat afterward.
During Zephrin Augustine’s more than 10 years as a coach and athlete, he earned an array of nicknames that ranged from St. Augustine to Whomp Whomp. The most appropriate name for Augustine nowadays, however, is CEO. As the founder and head of Next Level Sports & Fitness, he draws on his strong fitness background—which includes a college football career at the University of Florida—to whip bodies into shape, aided by certified personal trainer Dimetress Barnwell. The duo specializes in boot-camp-style workouts, whose ever-changing cocktails of cardio, strength, and plyometric moves banish boredom more effectively than workouts that end with a fun fact about sweat. Held outside when weather permits, their dynamic fitness regimens melt away excess weight and tone physiques, enhancing the abilities of exercise newbies and decorated athletes alike.
Gold's Gym's amiable staff oversee an army of fitness amenities well equipped to spice up tedious workouts. Cardio equipment and resistance machines work together to burn calories, tone muscles, and tag-team unwitting video-game bosses. For human camaraderie, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates ($4/session), GroupCycling ($3/session), and Zumba (no extra charge). Add variety with an intense hour of BodyCombat (no extra charge), which torches calories with martial-arts fighting moves, or BodyPump (no extra charge), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prize pumpkins to build lean muscle.
For group and self-guided workouts in a supportive, friendly environment, exercisers head to C-Fitness: Ladies Workout. The mirror-lined facilities give women of all ages, skill levels, and body types a place to get their hearts pumping, not only through independent exercise but through Zumba, yoga, barre, and other classes taught by skilled instructors. The teachers?Christina, Chelsea, Rose, Riley, and Dawn?might even take groups outside, setting the rigor of a group fitness against a scenic backdrop.
Technique Training and Fitness Center’s 10,000-square-foot facility boasts a full range of cross-training equipment that helps everyone from seasoned athletes to beginner exercisers get fit. Gym-goers can join other like-minded individuals during classes such as Brazilian Body and Cardio Bag, which use 150-pound hanging bags to tone, gain balance, and build speed. Additionally, the staff helps guests reach their fitness goals with personal-training sessions and custom meal plans.
Though World Gym has locations the span the globe, the gyms still feel homey. The friendly trainers are experts in their field, and the decor is carefully designed to be welcoming and warm. To accommodate guests of all levels and workout styles, the gyms boast an expansive array of cardio equipment and a variety of classes such as Zumba, yoga, spin, and boot camp.