Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.
Intent on providing the Space Coast with a new and engaging fitness regimen designed for students of all body types and skill levels, Beach Pole Fitness combines cardio work with strength-building exercises into workouts that also bolster students' self-confidence. The instructors create a safe and supportive setting in every class as they teach visitors how to use the main practice room's eight platinum stage poles and monitor their own technique in the full-sized mirrors. Beginners' sessions cover the fundamental grips and holds that attendees will need before they can progress to the more advanced lessons in hopes of performing challenging tricks. Over time, these lessons can help students improve their flexibility, endurance, and coordination in addition to fostering a renewed sense of empowerment.
Change is Catrell Cooney's specialty. Whether leading upbeat Zumba fitness classes or sharing recipes for healthy vegetarian meals, Catrell helps others make simple lifestyle changes that can result in significant improvements to their overall wellness. Catrell shares the skills that she's mastered in her work as a certified health coach and personal trainer, a weight-loss specialist, a master vegan, and a licensed Zumba instructor through the website and business she operates with her husband.
The certified personal trainers at Brevard's Premier Personal Training & Bootcamp are masters of motivation. They enthusiastically coach participants through private and group fitness classes, which start off with an active warm-up session to cultivate flexibility. Then, they turn weak sinews into chiseled muscles through a resistance-training regimen that includes weights and medicine balls.
Licensed massage therapist Chuck Thissen's playbook of massage techniques is stacked high. There are Swedish and deep-tissue massages—the traditional methods for treating pain and stress—and then there are more exotic forms. Acupressure focuses on the same meridian points as acupuncture but uses pressure instead of needles, and neuromuscular therapy relieves pain by balancing the musculoskeletal and nervous systems the way a circus performer balances his diet between peanuts and popcorn.