Within an expansive 18,000-square-foot gymnasium, leotard-clad children and adults spring from gymnast equipment, honing skills for tumbling and trapeze to dance and overall fitness. Nova programs transform all ages of bodies with lessons from current and ex-circus performers, and the staff opens their doors after school for kids to come and play while developing cognitive, motor, and social skills. The camps are a crash course in gymnastics—extremely useful when escaping bears in a wooded forest—and the gym hosts birthday parties by granting access to trampolines, bounce houses, and rock-climbing areas.
• For $39, you get a five-class studio package including spin classes, ultimate classes, yoga-stretch classes, and the ultimate ballet-barre workout class (an $80 value). • For $49, you get a five-class Pilates-FIT package (a $105 value).
Ruth Ann Bradley runs The Yoga Institute of Broward with humor, compassion, and dedication, providing students of all levels with the platform to learn methods of achieving a fitter self and peace of mind. With a focus on the Iyengar method of Hatha yoga, the studio's classes concentrate on overall well being. Ruth Ann shows her students that practicing yoga improves their quality of life by building long, lean muscles as flexible as a calendar with no agenda, while also ridding the body of stress and stimulating weight loss. Whether the goal is to stand taller, bend over backward, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, The Yoga Institute of Broward offers the yoga style to do the trick.
If people are always laughing at you in a dubbed voice and loudly declaring that your kung fu is weak, it may be time to stop watching movies and start working out. Today's deal will get you in fighting form: for $50, you get 10 dance, fitness, or martial-arts classes of your choice at Temple Arts Fitness in Davie (a $150 trial value or a $100 value for new gym members). This Groupon can be used for any class, though you'll have to call ahead to schedule OmGym, Pilates, or spinning. Parking is free.
Everyone from certified Olympic weightlifting coaches to retired police officers is on the impressive staff of trainers at Broward CrossFit. That diversity of backgrounds fits in with CrossFit's overall goal for its fitness program, in which clients transform their bodies and lifestyles using an all-encompassing fitness and conditioning program that skews away from the boring or traditional. On a tour of the facility, newcomers may notice that the studio is free of treadmills and inflatable muscle suits. In an introductory on-ramp class, students will get introduced to the rigors of CrossFit. After getting familiar with the techniques of high-intensity interval training, students will join the community of like-minded athletes for regular classes, where they can build lean muscle and strength using kettlebells, weightlifting, gymnastics, and running.
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.