The staff at Family Fitness Centers recognizes that good health and smart fitness habits often get their start at home. To help nurture a healthier regimen for the entire family, the gym has three locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, each with a number of programs designed to educate members on nutrition or jump-start metabolisms with boot camp and group fitness classes. Kids Club, or child care, is offered at all locations, while select locations offer pediatrician-supervised programs that help kids stay healthy by incorporating group exercise, emphasizing taking daily vitamins, and teaching kids how to cut an apple with only their mental prowess. Senior programs are also available and personal trainers are on hand to offer one-on-one sessions for more personalized attention.
At CrossFit Manta Ray, students join a community of coaches and exercise aficionados all working towards the same goal: a stronger, healthier body. Coaches and co-owners Sebastian Albors and Chris Zamudio draw from a passion for fitness and loads of experience in their field to help trainees of all body types and levels. Through group training, nutritional guidance, one-on-one workouts, or Olympic weightlifting classes, participants strengthen their muscles and build up superhuman endurance. Unlike boring bouts on a treadmill or inside a giant hamster wheel, CrossFit regimens challenge minds and bodies with an ever-changing array of intense exercises, such as running, jumping, weightlifting, and rowing, all designed to deliver maximum results and prevent exercise plateaus.
CrossFit Tecnica?s [coaches][http://www.crossfittecnica.com/coaches] liken themselves to a family?a clan that grows with each person who walks through the door and picks up a barbell. These professionals, who include former members of the US Army and Air Force, certified Olympic lifting trainers, and elite-level athletes, ease neophytes into the world of CrossFit with an On Ramp program that teaches the basic techniques of weight lifting and tire flips. They work together to whip bodies into peak shape and, if the students desire, prepare them for CrossFit competitions that pit their skills against others across the country. In doing so, participants work out at a gym as fuss-free as the workouts, with chalkboard walls that surround rings, boxes, and kettlebells and display the best results of each trainee.
Though they're populated by a variety of students from every walk of life, trainer Gemmalyn Crosby likens her kickboxing-infused fitness classes more to personal-training sessions than group exercise. She challenges athletes to bouts of high-intensity interval training through boxing and kickboxing drills, plyometrics, calisthenics, core exercises, and resistance training, aiming to help them burn calories and boost strength. Gemmalyn ensures that no two workouts are the same, so students can keep their minds focused and their muscles guessing as they tone their bodies with the Punch's slew of professional fitness equipment. To soothe muscles after intense workouts, visitors can opt for a deep-tissue, neuromuscular, or sports massage in Punch Performance Center's in-house massage studio.
Core Fitness Studio maintains an intimate atmosphere in their small-group fitness classes in order to emphasize personal attention and individualized instruction. Slasses such as TRX suspension and Rip Training, as well as ballet-barre and cardio-dance workouts, help members slim down and shape up in a motivated setting. Minds and bodies receive dual attention during Yin , power , and Forrest yoga classes. And thanks to their location, they also offer beach yoga, where crashing waves and clean air act as conduits to help dispel stress, tension, and hermit-crab phobias. Members also have access to nutritional coaching and healthy take-home meals prepared by Core Fitness Studio's own chef.
Equipment: TRX suspension bands, RIP trainers, and Vertimax boot camps
Students should bring: A hard-working attitude and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Boot camps for guests of all levels. Each class features a 15-minute program explanation and 45 minutes of work.