At Shapes Total Fitness for Women, the instructors strive to make working out as easy and fun as possible. That's why—in addition to providing access to free weights and cardio machines—they host more than 67 group training sessions per week, with options ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. That way, clients can get in shape using whatever means work best for them. Some of the eclectic classes have zero impact on joints, too—specifically the ones in the on-site pool. These include 45-minute water cardio classes and versatile aqua aerobics sessions, which are ideal for athletes with arthritis and other special needs. The most completely flexible workouts at the gym, however, are the personal training sessions. The one-on-one workouts are designed purely around the client's goals, whether she wants to lose weight or grow strong enough to carry her favorite dumbbell home with her.
As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
The BarreAmped Method enlists the fitness fundamentals of classical dance, Pilates, and yoga to create a full-body workout that works to tone muscles while helping improve body awareness, balance, and coordination. Both studio locations boast physically invigorating classes for a range of fitness levels; click here for the Tampa schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Denise Tini and the St. Petersburg schedule of classes taught by certified Barre Amped instructor Maria Gerelus. A ballet barre props up precarious postures and aligns wayward limbs as classes of up to 16 students arch and bend through a series of held postures that produce effective, enjoyable soreness deep into muscles with tiny isometric movements. Even if they lack formal dance training, attendees can boost their metabolisms to hummingbird levels and cultivate lean, graceful muscles and the flexibility of an empty appointment book.
At Real Athletics & Wellness, trainers have two settings: low and high intensity. But the physical results they help clients achieve fit into a single category: striking. Whether instructors—including a triple-threat college athlete and a former professional volleyball player—head up RAW Elite Training, a challenging mix of running, TRX, and other exercises, or Shape-Up Training, a scaled-down version of RAW Elite, they use functional movements to shape bodies quickly. That same method is put to use in athlete training, personal training, and programs for youth and seniors.
If you're new to high-intensity interval training, you may think the team members at First 1 Fit Health & Fitness Studio have short attention spans. But that's not the case. The trainers designed their stop-and-go workouts with a specific goal: to keep exercisers' minds, muscles, and fitness bones fully engaged. The epitome of First 1 Fit's methodology is the Synrgy360 machine. It features eight different functional-training stations, including a spot for dips, TRX suspension training, and pull-ups.