For a lot of people, the encouragement of a trainer is the key to jump-starting a new fitness routine. But at Bring it Bootcamp, one trainer isn’t enough—during each of their sessions, multiple instructors are on hand to keep students inspired and supervise the safety of their techniques. Inside Bring it Bootcamp’s expansive building—a warehouse-style space with an energizing yellow exterior—groups circle up for rotating routines that might include anything from pushups to attempting to push the building 2 inches to the left. The flexible schedule has both morning and evening classes during the week, as well as a Saturday session.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
Set in a large, open warehouse, CrossFit Soul offers small group CrossFit classes to Miami workout mavens trying to tone up. The “box” – don’t call it a studio – has fitness programs that can help with losing weight, becoming a better player on a sports team, recovering from an injury or simply transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. For expectant mothers who want to stay in shape and maintain a balanced life, there’s even a CrossFit for Pregnancy session available on site. Prior to being able to take classes, clients must complete the On Ramp Course that lays out the basic level of instruction and techniques used inside the sparse facility. And, as usual, the first class is free.
Though Suleiman Yousef's muscular arms, tattoos, and shaven head present a tough, masculine exterior, the professional mixed-martial-arts fighter maintains that his biggest influence was his mom. As a single mother raising three kids on her own, she still found the time to direct his boundless energy into athletics and enroll him in many different styles of martial-arts classes. Today, Yousef not only competes in professional MMA fights, but he also owns and operates Monsters Training Center, where he channels his athletic prowess to aid others in whipping into shape. Throughout the week, industry professionals lead martial-arts and fitness classes ranging from the grappling fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu to the high-intensity routines of boot camp. To start wee ones on a path to fitness, the center offers kids' martial-arts classes, which are designed to enhance kids' physical health and instill them with the confidence to handle bullies and impress future prom dates with their ability to crack lunch trays with a single karate chop.
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.
Whether it’s to get off blood-pressure medication or improve mile times for marathon running, the trainers at My Only BootCamp help clients set and meet specific fitness goals. Though they strive to keep workouts interesting, they readily admit that participants must possess and apply discipline and determination if they want to adequately prepare for Miami’s perpetual beach season. To ensure workouts are always fresh and no two days are identical, they draw upon their vast repertoire of memorized exercise techniques and their smartphones’ ability to Google.