Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.
As a marathon runner, distance swimmer, and certified spinning instructor, Rachel Bash is known for her boundless energy. At Hot Salutations, she channels this energy into motivating both a staff of experienced instructors and students of all abilities. Together, she and her instructors strive to help students get in shape and leave the outside world behind during hot-Vinyasa classes. In each studio, heating panels and humidifiers keep the room between 91 and 95 degrees with roughly 50% humidity to deepen lunges, detoxify the body, and stretch muscles left tense by spending too much time cramped up in a body.
Every visit to the more than 3,100-square-foot CrossFit Coconut Creek is bound to have a surprise or two. Every day, the instructors concoct a new combination of strength-and-conditioning exercises in the Workout of the Day, which could include pushups, lunges, box jumps, burpees, and sprints. No workout is the same, and each exercise can be scaled to match an exerciser’s fitness level. Newbies can get a running and jumping start to CrossFit with help from Fundamentals classes.
Yoga Source’s instructors run more than 90 classes each week geared toward students of all levels. Kundalini yoga classes work to relieve tension and increase energy, regardless of degree of flexibility or experience, using a symphonic gong to clear the mind while healing the body and elevating the spirit. Hatha yoga classes use stretches combined with breath work to develop flexibility and increase relaxation. To give back to the community, the teachers offer a free class that helps war veterans sleep better, lower their stress levels, and reduces their reaction to loud noises.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista who lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
Pompano Fitness’ 33,000-square foot fitness center encompasses everything members need to complete a challenging workout—from Hammer Strength machines to free weights, elliptical machines, and Stair Masters. Certified group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga, circuit training, and Zumba, and clients will find they don’t have to wait long, if ever, for machines, since there’s a dizzying fleet of treadmills and bikes lined up in rows. A staff of certified personal trainers offers customized workouts and nutritional counseling to members, answering fitness questions and counting abs au gratis on the floor as well.