Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
As a USPTA-certified tennis instructor, David Kuhlman draws upon 12 years of coaching experience to impart the game's finer points to groups and individuals. He couples his hard-earned experience with video technology to analyze his students' serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After reviewing the tape, he's able to make recommendations for improving mechanical flaws ranging from a grip that's too tight to a grunt that's a little over the top. He also employs the USTA QuickStart program to help players under the age of 10 make smooth forays into the professional game.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Board-certified surgeon Dr. Joseph J. Castellano leads a staff of nurses and aestheticians in boosting patients' confidence and youthful looks with a technologically enhanced repertoire of surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Clients await their transformations by taking a seat in Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center's warmly lit lobby, sinking into plush brown sofas plopped onto polished hardwood floors. Comfort escorts patients all the way through their aesthetic-enhancement services, whether they have tummies tucked or breasts lifted or reduced in one of the pristine surgery rooms, or enjoy the skin-remaking effects of photorejuvenation or a chemical peel in a private treatment room. The center's skilled aestheticians perform makeup and skincare services using a stable of medical-grade skin products from manufacturers including Obagi and Neocutis, targeting skin concerns such as blemishes and signs of aging such as wrinkles, parchment cuts, and dinosaur bites.
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.
Many aesthetic specialists boast ongoing training in the treatments they perform, but Dr. Anitha Reddy has the others beat?she's the one who trains them. The aesthetic and anti-aging physician shares her unique knowledge of injectable fillers with other professionals as a teacher and trainer for Perlane manufacturer Medicis Aesthetics, as well as through her post on the national advisory board for Merz Aesthetics, which makes Radiesse. This peerless approach to injectables isn't the only beauty tool in her arsenal, however. She also tackles sagging skin with Ultherapy, a treatment featured on The Rachael Ray Show that sends sound waves deep into the skin to tighten underlying tissues, much in the way rock 'n' roll tightens the frown muscles of 1950s principals. Dr. Reddy also assists clients in shaping figures with CoolSculpting, lipodissolve, and cellulite-reduction treatments, and helps all sizes evict unwelcome follicles with hair-battling lasers.