With 32 years of mixed-martial-arts training under his master fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, Mark Sinopoli has garnered an international reputation for the depth of his martial-arts knowledge and skill. At StrikeGym, this three-time kickboxing champion in both the United States and Canada leads a team of certified trainers that boasts champions from the spheres of bodybuilding, boxing, and powerlifting. The instructors believe that discipline of the mind is paramount to success, motivating clients of all ages and abilities to blast through self-doubt with a vigorous roster of martial-arts training and fitness classes. They teach students to properly punch, kick, and dodge spring-loaded boxing gloves during MMA, boxing, and kickboxing classes, as well as marry strength training, cardio, and dynamic stretches in their signature fight-conditioning classes. During kids' martial-arts classes—a belt-earning tae kwon do system—trainers teach little ones self-defense, self-confidence, coordination, discipline, and safe ways to expel pent-up energy.
StrikeGym brims with cutting-edge workout gear and equipment, including 24 heavy boxing bags and MMA bags. It also boasts fully equipped cardio and weight rooms, along with a large outdoor area for boot-camp classes and training. The gym also contains a wrestling cage, a full-size boxing ring, and expansive mats for Zumba, martial-arts, and specialty classes.
As someone who has trained with world-champion and US-champion pole dancers, the namesake of Evette's Dance Fitness Club understands that the activity is a complex integration of gymnastics, fitness, and dance. In that spirit, she leads plenty of nonpole classes designed to get students strong and agile enough for pole work. Ballet and barre sessions stress the importance of muscle-building and graceful movement, and deep-stretch classes help people become flexible enough to perform any number of pole moves. Of course there are several pole classes as well, for students just learning spins to those ready for inversions, as well as courses in advanced techniques, such as aerial rings and silks.
At Pro-Style Dynamic Bootcamp, professional indoor-football player and certified trainer Damion Francis teams up with trainers Krystel Francis and Rhojae Rose to help clients achieve their fitness goals. Each program blends nutritional coaching with dynamic workouts that change daily. Workouts are never the same, but may include exercises such as core conditioning, short- and long-distance running, fitness kickboxing, heavy-rope training, and obstacle courses. Damion and his crew also conduct weekly diet revisions for each client, requiring mandatory diet logs each week or else punishment workouts surely ensue.
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.
At Flex Appeal Fitness, the instructors have taken fitness to the next level with high tech performance monitoring systems that maximize the results of each workout. During each intense group training session, members wear live heart rate monitors that help participants stay in the targeted zone to increase athletic performance, burn fat, and gain strength. Flex Appeal Fitness custom designs workouts to meet each client's goals, allowing clients access to complimentary body composition tests and fitness assessments to help achieve their desired physique. Flex Hour sessions are composed of intervals of cardiovascular, endurance, and strength training, roping in a variety of equipment and training methods. The staff also lead Zumba, Booty-ful body sculpt and muay thai classes.
CrossFit Great Ones’ coaches believe in the CrossFit system because its functional-movement exercises performed with high intensity readies their students for all physical activities. Through its varied exercises and equipment, it also develops every muscle group while enhancing speed, agility, and power. The reason the coaches love the program, however, is the team spirit it evokes as coaches and students alike motivate each other to achieve their fitness goals. They further nurture that sense of community by sponsoring local charity events, volunteering, and donating a portion of new membership dues to charities.