At South Miami Physical Therapy and Pilates, founder Michele Gust and her staff of instructors help clients combat pain and strive for healthy living with a program that combines Pilates and physical therapy. Michele Gust helps improve guests' bodies and minds with the expertise she has displayed as a physical therapist for professional basketball and tennis players, and the butlers who carry them around their mansions. Whether clients are recovering from an injury or simply getting into shape, the classes seek to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate any pain lingering since Firefly was cancelled.
From the moment guests walk or cartwheel into Ohana Spa of South Miami, a variety of stimuli work together to help them to relax: the sounds of calming waterfalls and the subtle smell of lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint. Owner Dionne Corona's eyebrow-shaping wizardry and custom facials have been featured in multiple publications, which isn’t a surprise considering Dionne has been in the business for more than 20 years.
Pinecrest Community Center fosters community engagement with fitness classes, social events, and educational opportunities, all held in supportive group settings. Here, guests will find a fitness center with all the weights, core training equipment, and cardio workouts they need to slim down and squeeze back into their favorite childhood car seat. Classes are a main component of the center's mission, and the course topics here range from health and wellness to arts and education. Some examples include yoga and Pilates classes, modern dance and ballet, a Chinese-speaking course, and a mommy-and-me arts class. Additionally, the center also hosts lectures and seminars as well as informal game nights, so that members of the community can come together to socialize and engage in friendly competition.
Polestar owes its existence to former dancer Dr. Brent Anderson, who opened the physical-therapy practice in Sacramento in 1990. Seven years later, the good doctor was living in Miami and incorporating Pilates into his therapy treatments to help his patients recover the mobility they needed for everyday activity. With the help of a team of highly qualified massage therapists, physical therapists, and orthopedic specialists, Dr. Anderson treats stiff joints and sore tissue while helping patients use Pilates coursework to build lean, elongated muscles and straighten posture to more effectively lose limbo competitions. The treatments and programs at Polestar heal bodies with the backing of scientific study, rehabilitating patients with Gyrotonic exercises and preventing onstage injury with Pilates training for performing artists.
With a diverse range of fitness backgrounds and specializations—from injury rehabilitation and prevention to martial-arts training—Metropolis Fitness & Spa’s staff of 15 instructors ensures a helpful match for nearly every client. The team leads more than 70 group fitness classes per week, including familiar favorites, such as yoga, Zumba, and spinning, and a few of their own inventions, including Video Dance Jam, which pushes exercises through fast-paced choreography. The ballet and jump-rope classes for kids help wee ones burn off extra energy without requiring you to construct a giant hamster wheel in your home.
In the main studio, a slew of cardio machines with built-in TVs and weight-training equipment awaits members, in addition to a room stocked with dangling punching bags and TRX bands. To recover from sweat sessions, guests can fuel up with healthful drinks and snacks at the juice bar.
Named after a Sanskrit word that means both “power” and “child,” Bala Vinyasa Yoga teems with poses that are as athletic as they are playful. Experienced teachers draw upon Baron Baptiste’s holistic approach to yoga instruction, which aims to transform the body and clear the mind of clutter such as stress and extremely misplaced gym socks. The studio’s all-levels Power Vinyasa classes challenge students with deep, focused breaths that link arm stands, backbends, and seated poses to create a flowing, dance-like routine. Slow Flow Restorative sessions, on the other side of that coin, move at a more leisurely pace as they open joints with lengthy poses, which, like eulogies read by Carrot Top, are supported by props. To bolster their home-based yoga practice, students can purchase mats and props at the studio’s boutique or practice stretches and bends with its live-streamed classes. Dedicated to comfort and relaxation, the boutique also carries Yogitoes and cozy apparel from Onzie, Om Shanti, and their own BV Signature Wear.