Runner, gymnast, and fitness-industry veteran Amanda Berthod holds several national level certifications and a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise physiology. Her her hard-earned physique has propelled her to the top of multiple fitness and bikini competitions. With the help of other certified and highly qualified personal trainers at The Bar, she transforms clients of all shapes, ages, and abilities into bastions of healthy living.
At The Bar Milton Strength & Conditioning, the team motivates clients to blast through their perceived limitations during personal-training sessions, high-energy boot-camp classes, and dynamic exercise. In specialized sessions, trainers help guests chisel granite physiques for bodybuilding, bikini, and strongman competitions. Their vast experience in nutritional counseling also keeps clients on track to achieving their fitness and weight-loss goals. At their fully equipped gym, exercisers can hoist, pull, and grapple with a myriad of strength-training and cardio equipment from Icarian and Life Fitness.
With programs for children and adults of all ages, Aqua Bella Fitness acts as both a playground and a training center. Its heated indoor pool embodies this versatility by hosting Summer Splash Camp sessions, Red Cross–certified lessons, and water-aerobics classes, which increase resistance on muscles more safely than working out in a quicksand pit. Exercise equipment abounds on the workout floor, where guests can tackle a 30-second circuit or dangle from TRX suspension systems. Though its focus is on promoting healthy lifestyles, the gym also endorses relaxation with day-spa services such as tanning and massage.
At Riviera Fitness Center, a team of personal trainers helps guests achieve fitness goals via the facility’s huge selection of workout equipment. The gym boasts a variety of free weights and more than 50 cardio machines, as well as separate studios for spinning, Zumba dance fitness, and boxing classes.
After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
Long-time Gulf Breeze resident and aesthetician Brenda Bloom teams up with board-certified physician Dr. William Walter Goldsmith to help reinvigorate complexions at Bloom Medical Spa. Certificates of medical achievements line the beauty haven's ivory interior, where stylists, massage therapists, and nail techs pamper guests with customized services—including body wraps and paraffin treatments. Clients can saunter through the intimate salon and spa, which is draped with colorful artwork and baroque couches sheathed in rich plum fabrics, to private treatment rooms. To help ensure personalized care, Dr. Goldsmith takes the time to consult with clients about their medical history and challenges them to games of no-holds-barred tic-tac-toe.
Unlike many big-box gyms, Club II has the whole family in mind. In addition to offering fitness services and health coaching for grownups, they host youth camps and daycare services for the kids. They up the ante with tennis and swim lessons, as well as social activities.