Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, cardio equipment with built-in TVs, and Star Trac weight machines—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with group fitness classes. Personal trainer Chris coaches clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies.
At Vibes New Age Fitness, newcomers discover multiple avenues to attaining a fit, toned, and slender body. The center’s vibrating Power Plate apparatus elicits between 25 and 50 muscle contractions per minute, activating natural reflexes to tone the physique, smooth cellulite, and boost circulation. Plate sessions can complement TRX-suspension workouts, which chisel bodies using resistance from elasticized cables. Originally designed for Navy SEALs, the TRX system is also suitable for civilians and can be a useful tool in physical-rehabilitation programs. Body-contouring Lipo-Light treatments and infrared saunas further catalyze weight loss, slimming bodies more comfortably than a really tight seat belt.
Initially daunted by the demands of his first Bikram class, Om on Fire! Yoga director Doug Shorts accepted the challenge to his physical ability, returning to class again and again to build his form, technique, and stamina. Once he felt he had truly mastered and become at home with the style, Doug committed himself by training to become an instructor, accruing 1,500 hours of in-class teaching experience to forge a patient, empowering instruction style. Now, during studio classes, he leads students of all skill levels through challenging sequences of yoga poses to methodically strengthen muscles, realign vertebrae, and cheer up dejected mood rings amid a heated practice space.
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. Thissen is a part of the Cocoa Beach Wellness Center, where specialists offer skin, body, and detox services.
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.
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.