To the coaches at CrossFit Doral, CrossFit is a lot like playtime. And their gym is a lot like a playground––its multicolored weights, red functional rigs, and red, orange, and yellow striped walls exude vibrant energy. The toys they use look like fun, too. There are kettles to move, boxes to jump onto, giant tires to flip, and gymnastics rings to swing from.
But while the bootcamp workouts can seem like a game, the results are serious. Each day, the trainers welcome members with a new bootcamp workout that features a series of intense functional exercises. The ever-changing routines ensure all muscles are worked and that students don't grow tired of the program. Not only are the moves scalable to all fitness levels, they also help prep followers for all manner of physical activities. CrossFit can help train runners for marathons, basketball players for games, police for a day on the job, and moms for the challenge of rocking another human being to sleep for the next 18 years.
At Revo Crossfit, resistance bands twang and barbells clatter as students of all ages engage in increasingly challenging weight, resistance, and cardio exercises to build muscle, burn fat, and boost flexibility. CrossFit followers hoist barbells and kettlebells, sprint, lunge, leap, and fireman-carry their way to health. The varied exercises help them focus on their body's overall performance rather than boring themselves with the repetitive motions of running on a treadmill or throwing every one of a child’s Frisbees onto a roof. The Spartan gym space surrounds athletes with black chain-link fence, stacks of tires, high ceilings, and battleship-grey walls, a tough image that encourages hard work.
They call it the box instead of a gym or health club because there are no mirrors, no cafés, no hoopla. Once in the box, the only thing to focus on is the workout. That consists of a series of intense exercises that employ everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. By using functional motions, clients boost their mobility, speed, and power, enhancing their daily, sports, recreational, and work activities. PowerBox CrossFit’s system sculpts muscles throughout the body, and to ensure optimal health and wellbeing, its onsite nutrition specialist advises individuals in proper dieting.
Certified Zumba instructor Sandra Acosta leads students through energetic, Latin-inspired dance movements, tapping into her experience training with Zumba creator Beto Perez. Easier to follow than paint-by-the-numbers, Zumba amalgamates traditional aerobics with simple dance steps for an entertaining, calorie-zapping workout. Participants can burn fat more effectively than a pyromaniac in a butcher shop during their eight different Zumba sessions. Classes are held at various times and locations throughout the week, so dancers can shake their booties on their own schedules.
Futbox Futsal Center’s three indoor fields, marked and equipped to FIFA regulations, sprawl across the facilities 25,000 square feet. Guests trample the artificial grass during soccer academies, birthday parties, or open-play hours, sprinting through the air-conditioned center while noting their score on the electronic scoreboards. In addition to the soccer and futsal capabilities, the center also invites guests for Zumba fitness classes.
OptimalFit Pilates Studio proprietress Vilija Conley has amassed a wealth of health and fitness credentials—she holds a Level 5 certification in Romana Pilates, a Level 4 certification in YogaFit, and a personal-training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Armed with the six principles of Pilates, Vilija guides students through a series of movements that lead to physical well-being, better posture, and a level of body awareness that's like a vivid dream about fighting your doppelgänger.
Yoga teacher Peter Calin adds his 30 years of experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, power, and Bikram yoga to the studio's arsenal of classes and techniques. In addition, Vilija and Peter invite visitors to shape and tone muscles with specially designed equipment from spin bikes to sophisticated Gratz ladder barrels, spine correctors, and Wunda chairs.