A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.
A Romana’s Pilates certification is more than just a piece of paper. Named after Romana Kryzanowska, the hand-chosen protégé of Joseph Pilates, it reflects a tireless dedication to continued Pilates education and total mastery over the sport's mat exercises and varied equipment. Studying under Romana Kryzanowska herself, Pilates Space Florida owner Kerstin Korzekwa tallied the requisite 700 hours of training to receive her certification in only six months, adding it to a resumé that includes master's degrees in both physical education and dance performance.
Though Korzekwa doesn’t credit her previous career as a dancer and choreographer for her quick mastery of Pilates, it did provide her with an acute understanding of how the sport can benefit dancers, athletes, and everyday exercisers alike. Pilates gently conditions the body with a series of moves that shape and strengthen the core and tone the body without adding bulk. The routine—often aided by equipment such as a Reformer, chair, tower, or repurposed taffy pull—can also help practitioners to lengthen their limbs and straighten fatigued spines, and with continued practice, many note that they sleep better, stand straighter, and have more endurance.
Helmed by Stefanie Ellis, a team of expert instructors leads a roster of classes designed to help guests bolster their core, strength, and posture. In addition to equipment-heavy Pilates courses, these passionate fitness gurus lead heart-intensive Core Cardio classes, ballet-inspired barre classes, yoga lessons, and spinning sessions replete with pulsing tunes, music videos, and the speed-inspiring chirps of cheetahs.
Bikram Yoga Boca Raton's instructors welcome students of all skill levels to any of more than 30 sessions held each week. Temperatures are kept at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity, which helps pupils break a cleansing sweat and sink into deep stretches. Each session consists of 26 distinct Hatha poses that increase strength and stamina across the entire body. While attendees move to each asana, two breathing exercises teach them to center their minds enough to extinguish birthday-cake candles from 20 yards away.
The talented team at Pilates Health Connexion leads eager exercisers through body bolstering routines that strengthen cores and tone muscles. Pilates participants train on a wide range of Gratz patented machines, including reformers and cadillacs, which use bars, springs, and hanging loops to develop flexibility and prepare people homerun swinging an asteroid back from whence it came. To improve flexibility, fitness fanatics can opt for the yoga classes and stretch their way to fitter forms with series of poses in classic styles such as Vinyasa. Zumba sessions offer a fun way to dance calories into oblivion with energizing Latin rhythms and dynamic movements such as teleporting. All classes are scheduled frequently throughout the week.
At The Gym of Boca Raton, Life Fitness, Cybex, and Precor cardio and weight-training equipment line up in rows across the 15,000-square-foot space, helping patrons in their journeys to lead healthier lifestyles. But unlike many cookie-cutter workout facilities, exercise equipment isn't all The Gym has to offer. Here, certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors guide members to their goals during one-on-one training sessions and a full schedule of motivating fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and spin. The team doles out nutritional information and counseling for optimal weight-loss results, and strives to keep their clients on track with attainable, yet challenging, weekly goals. One week they might push them to increase their push-up regimen from sets of 10 to sets of 15, and the next they might urge them to achieve putting their pants on two legs at a time.
During Billy’s United States Fitness Corps Boot Camp program, members take to the beach to complete high-intensity workout regimens. Patrons work up a sweat pumping out lunges, sprints, and various other bodyweight exercises to shed inches and tone muscles.
The Gym also offers workout-enhancing perks, such as childcare, allowing parents and guardians to burn calories without strapping their youngsters to a stationary bike's handlebars.