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.
With nearly 150 classes offered weekly at three locations, Busy Body Fitness Center has workouts for dancers, boxers, and yogis alike. The packed calendar also dabbles in popular fitness acronyms, like P90X and TRX, which develop participants' overall strength and endurance. Those who enjoy their routines with a little rhythm can drop by for Zumba, Dance Jam, or Drums Alive, whereas high-powered cardio work is the theme of spinning and kickboxing classes.
The atmosphere of group classes is informed by communal support. This spirit of encouragement is also echoed in one-on-one guidance from personal trainers. In addition to a typical fitness background of coaching clients and mining medicine balls from the depths of the earth, each trainer has a minimum of 10 years of physical-therapy experience. That ensures they can both help clients find the most beneficial exercises and teach them how to properly execute those workouts.
The experienced Zumba guru Loibel Clark helms the eponymous Loibel Dance Studio, where she and her team of instructors lead a variety of fitness classes. Though Loibel's dance training began at the age of 4 with ballet and Venezuelan folk dance, she has now become a mainstay of South Floridian Zumba. Her list of accomplishments includes several appearances in Zumba founder Beto Perez's instructor-training videos, as well as a variety of television credits. At her dance studio, exercisers can benefit from her Zumba wisdom during classes held two or three times daily, as well as the packed schedule's other classes such as circuit training, cardio belly dance, samba, and jazz funk.
Instead of advocating for long, boring stints on the treadmill, the instructors at Boca Brickhouse aim to transform all aspects of their clients' lives so they can live more healthfully. Their fitness programs were designed by Kirk Kochte, a 20-year veteran of the US Navy who prepared recruits for the physical demands of military life. In doing so, he developed a system that focuses on what he calls "real-world movement." Today, his staff leads group, private, and sports-specific fitness sessions and nutritional counseling for kids and adults.
Valeria Rodriguez helps her students take charge of their health and wellbeing with fun, interactive dance workouts. Each Zumba session is part trip to the gym, part dance party, with Latin rhythms fueling every twist, turn, and shake. The classes help strengthen one’s core and burn calories. Parents can instill healthy exercise habits with kid's Zumba birthday parties that get kids moving with a playlist full of hip-hop, reggae, and the birthday boy or girl's favorite songs.
Kirk Kochte spent his high-school years feeling unconfident in his body, only to discover his strength and athleticism once he joined the navy. It was there that he had his first taste of teaching fitness to others, a passion that would stick with him and incite him to open Boca Brickhouse. At the fitness center, experienced instructors lead students through a variety of fitness programs.