Certified personal trainer Les Bradley has fitness in his blood. In school, he participated in virtually every sport available. He ran track, jumped hurdles, and played the full triple crown of team sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Today he harnesses that boundless physical energy and can-do spirit to help clients in tailored personal fitness programs or through boot camps that torch calories with metabolic resistance exercises.
The instructors at Perfect Balance Fitness & Martial Arts Training strive to create a happy marriage between Eastern and Western philosophies. Master Al Agon draws from the discipline and fitness ideals of ancient martial arts techniques and modernizes them with instruction tailored to help kids build discipline and focus in school and professionals cope with stresses at work. To earn a black belt, students must exhibit devotion not only at the gym but also in other important aspects of life, such as relationships and school work, striving toward a lifetime of fitness and overall contentment. In addition to the martial arts program, the venue also hosts intense kickboxing classes in which students pummel punching bags until they agree to share the secrets of withstanding a pummeling. One-on-one personal training sessions also adhere to Agon's training philosophy and are tailored to help clients meet their individual wellness goals.
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.
Captained by seasoned yogini Bertha Diaz, Firefly Hot Yoga caters to beginning, intermediate, and athletic cross-training students with heated and unheated classes. The studio's schedule delivers a variety of classes, including Power Vinyasa sessions, which beckon attendees with an elevated thermostat and a dynamic sequences of poses. The poses help students bolster stamina and concentration, and the heat detoxifies cells and leaves muscles as relaxed as a hammock in zero gravity. Eschewing the heated practice space entirely, Gentle Therapeutic yoga enlists slower-paced, restorative poses that soothe chronic pains, baby injured muscles, and buoy postures with such props as blankets, straps, and teddy bears stuffed with marshmallows. During private lessons, instructors tailor their teachings to each student's skill level, along with their fitness and relaxation goals, taking time to ensure proper postural alignment for maximum yogic benefit. Enlisting an arsenal of advanced stretching techniques, yoga props, and suspension apparatuses, private lessons imbue attendees with an understanding of form and control that can prepare students for their everyday yoga practice or bimonthly yoga duels.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The cleansing, 105-degree temperatures of Bikram Hot Yoga 305's practice space creates an environment that simultaneously challenges students and helps them find the inner strength necessary to forge a healthy mind-body connection. Founder Carolina Villalba has practiced yoga at studios across the country, drawing on the techniques she learned to develop her skills. Each of her 90-minute classes are open to visitors of any skill or fitness level, and instructors create a supportive environment where attendees can feel comfortable testing their physical limits. Over the course of those 90 minutes, classes perform rehabilitating sequences of 26 asanas as well as two breathing exercises. These deep, sustained stretches methodically work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body, improving strength and flexibility as they help restore the body to optimum health. In addition to providing an additional mental challenge, the room's intense heat encourages sweating and loosens tight joints and muscles, allowing students to sink further into each stretch and easily slip into tight scuba suits.