A championship wrestler by the age of 10, Xcelerate Training owner Craig Marks developed a commitment to exercise early on, leading to a wrestling scholarship and national ranking as a college wrestler. Though a serious neck injury cut his wrestling career short, Craig has remained loyal to his fitness pursuits for more than 20 years, now helping others achieve their goals by designing personalized workouts based on his workout philosophy that combines muscular training, nervous-system training, cardio, and balanced nutrition.
This philosophy comes to life within Xcelerate Training's facility, where Craig and his staff of trainers steer fitness seekers to healthier bodies during both private and group training sessions. The Xcelerate team's creative style incorporates unique props and workouts that take place on an indoor stairway to help burn calories. A 24-foot rock-climbing wall adds a vertical dimension to workouts, as well as birthday parties and corporate mixers for mountain goats.
Throughout Jim Sayih’s career, he’s helped people from all walks of life get in shape. He’s created fitness programs used by the US Secret Service and SWAT teams. He's chatted with President Bill Clinton about the childhood obesity epidemic and dedicated himself to mapping out classes, exercises, and lifestyle plans. And Jim was so inspired by the races he's run while pushing his son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, that he organized Michael's Special 5K Run/Walk, where runners pushed riders in wheelchairs.
Today, Jim shares that lifelong love of fitness through Broward County Adventure Boot Camp. He and Rhonda Core—an American Council on Exercise–certified trainer—give their clients the extra push they need to get in shape. The boot-camp routines constantly change to keep participants engaged and muscles from rebelling. On any given day, students might be practicing Pilates, doing yoga, overcoming obstacle courses, or going on a hike. Before new attendees start camp, the trainers invite them in for an evaluation to answer any questions, take a few measurements, and record their body-fat percentage so their results can be more easily tracked over time.
If Victor Frankenstein ever took a break from science to design a 5K race, the result would have probably looked something like a Hybrid Hell Run event. Each race in the Hybrid Hell Run series is similar to Frankenstein’s monster: races are gritty, spread out across misshapen terrain, and require every ounce of physical and mental strength to survive.
With each of its races cranking up the intensity level, the series selects locations that are naturally challenging, such as forests, hills, or M. C. Escher’s labyrinthine backyard. The HHR team then brews up a ruthless lineup of physical challenges, maintaining focus on three main categories—cardiovascular endurance, strength, and speed and agility. The finished course tests the athletic prowess of male, female, and youth divisions, with top performers receiving cash rewards.
While everyone who's ever picked up a golf club pictures themselves stepping up to the first tee at Augusta National and smashing a gentle draw down the center of the fairway, the fact of the matter is, the vaunted course lies beyond the skill set of the vast majority of players. High-handicappers need courses that are aligned to their strengths, which is precisely where Cooper Colony Golf Center enters the picture. The 18-hole executive course weighs in at an accessible 3,820 yards with a par of 60, and eschews overwhelming distance, glasslike greens, and flaming fringes for holes that make the game fun for beginners. Those golfers who need help fixing swings can tap PGA pro Gary Braeseke for lessons, or head to the driving range for some solo time tweaking swing mechanics.
Yoga may be a highly individualized practice, but personal growth requires a collaborative community spirit. Harmony House Yoga strives to create this spirit by creating a welcoming environment for students of all skill levels and yogic interests and by hosting classes that draw inspiration from a range of eclectic styles. Regardless of whether students are attending a dynamic Vinyasa session or a meditative yin class, they receive personalized guidance and feedback from the instructors. By creating a strong community environment, the studio emphasizes yoga's ability to build emotional and spiritual connections between practitioners and their surroundings.