The instructors at Destin Pilates Center incorporate both Pilates and yoga principles into their workouts. In addition to offering reformer classes, the instructors also lead aerial silks classes where students learn how to climb and pose with two pieces of fabric hanging from the ceiling. Destin Pilates Center is a Pilates Method Alliance certification studio in the area for Balanced Body University, which is one of the largest manufacturers of Pilates equipment.
The seasoned trainers at Studio E conduct classes on both land and sea. They lead high-intensity kickboxing, energetic cardio dance, and challenging ballet barre classes in their bright fitness studio, where tall mirrors soar up over hardwood floors and functional equipment. The trainers stay on land when guiding students in innovative SurfSET classes, which fuse yoga and core exercises with surfing movements. They hold their SUP classes, however, out on the sunny sea. During these sessions, the trainers lead students through yoga and pilates movements while they balance on standup paddleboards.
A sense of humor, along with a commitment to fighting exercise boredom, fuels the instructors at Dance Trance Santa Rosa Beach. They know their hand signals may look a bit goofy, but they'd prefer to use these signs rather than interrupt the flow of a song to shout instructions or suggestions for dance-crew names. Dancers burn fat and build lean muscle while bopping around to the studios' original choreography, which ranges from jazz to funk to latin to pop, and undergoes frequent updates to keep workouts from getting stale.
Evan Chelini sees no difference between a terrorist hunter and a housewife. To him, they both benefit from the same type of fitness training; the degree of difficulty is all that needs to change. Calling on his CrossFit certification and his undefeated record in mixed martial arts, Chelini leads strength and conditioning sessions tailored to any athlete—whether they need the power to lose a few pounds or to run a covert jungle operation to hunt Toucan Sam. With these simple 30-minute fitness classes, the trainer seeks to help his students not only reach their goals but to live better lives.
The professional pilots at Timberview Helicopters ferry passengers high into the clouds aboard a sky-scraping whirlybird during flight tours through Destin, Kansas City, and Key West. Having chartered flights for National Geographic and the Travel Channel, these pilots expertly navigate planes toward sweeping, picturesque views, allowing sightseers to steal glances of Fort Walton Beach, downtown Kansas City, and Key West's ocean views from a perspective normally reserved for birds and astronauts with binoculars. Additionally, their high-definition videos grant guests a lasting commemoration of their in-flight experience. When they're not chartering tours, they teach budding pilots the gravity-defying tricks of their trade through pilot training and lug precious shipments from port to port with their cargo-lifting services.
For the past three years, Destin beachgoers may have caught sight of brawny personal trainer Jason Kuhn leading groups through energetic boot-camp workouts amid the crash of waves and the caw of seagulls. Kuhn can also be spotted in local homes and offices, where he brings his collection of professional free weights, kettlebells, and resistance equipment to aid in personal-training sessions. He boasts extensive experience, ISSA certifications, an unbridled enthusiasm for fitness, and his own private hair-metal band to perform motivating montage music as he works out.