Club 14 Fitness' roster of trainers reads like the manifest of a submarine on its way to SEALAB III. It includes one University of Chicago educated biologist, one former Navy man, one chiropractor-turned-holistic healer, one nutritionist, and the first runner-up in the Mr. Wyoming bodybuilding competition. Together, they downright plaster the walls with all manners of certifications, issued by everyone from AFAA to CrossFit. They lean hard on their multifarious backgrounds to build personal-fitness regimens and a schedule of calorie-blasting classes, including a lineup of LesMills sessions, that firm up bodies more effectively than falling asleep in a cement mixer.
When not dancing or spinning through group fitness sessions, members can bolster heart rates in the cardio room, hoist free weights, or target hyper-specific muscle groups on the gym's cache of Star Trac equipment. Guests wind down in the wood-paneled sauna, slake thirst at the juice bar, or bronze up in the tanning bed. To make getting to the gym more accessible, Club 14 keeps kids entertained with childcare and pint-sized fitness programs, and keeps its doors open 24 hours. All of this earned the gym the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2010.
Fitness Pursuits shapes malleable muscles into fully formed physiques through comprehensive one-hour training sessions. The four-week group training classes pair up to six workout warriors with a certified coach capable of helping them tap into their can-crushing potential. During the introductory classes, trainers acquaint themselves with each student’s eating habits and improvable areas through online and on-hand fitness and nutrition assessments. Participants set and work toward goals in subsequent sessions, improving overall fitness and making muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. The classes meet once weekly for four consecutive weeks, helping exercisers establish regular routines.
Fitness Together corrals experienced personal trainers to craft individually tailored and effective workouts for health-seeking patrons of all ages. After assessing each client's safe starting point and unearthing their secret dreams of becoming human tow trucks, a trainer will piece together a workout routine that combines cardio and resistance training. Exercisers will then pump their hearts through interval- and speed-centric cardio sessions, aiming to amp the organ's endurance through intense, frequent bursts of activity. Meanwhile, resistance training combines cross-muscular techniques with alternating periods of intense and recuperative activity in an attempt to avoid workout plateaus and overtraining and confuse muscles with new moves occasionally instructed in riddle form by a sphinx in a sweatband. Buttressing these strenuous motions is an educational nutrition plan that provides clients with the accountability necessary to change eating habits for good. Though not available with this Groupon, like-minded fitness seekers can also enroll in small group training.
Fodor's points out that Ocean 60's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean affords an unusual opportunity to mix "fine dining and flip-flops." The restaurant's space is split between a formal dining area and martini room, and both sections serve chef and owner Daniel Groshell's menu of fresh seafood and creative continental cuisine, which evolves in step with the changing seasons and tides that ripple through a variety of meal-complementing drinks. In a dining room fringed with a wine bar, local artist Enrique Mora peppers the walls with colorful scenes reminiscent of his Puerto Rican heritage. The martini room envelops guests in an ambiance characterized by local artwork, rich woods, and Bali-inspired decor as they sip martinis culled from a list of more than 30 signature cocktails including a Grapefruit Basiltini. From Thursday to Saturday, area musicians add to the atmosphere with lively beats.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga—called Baptiste yoga—that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with three studios. He and a staff of 13 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.
Jay Handline created Dance Trance Fitness more than 15 years ago to shape up physiques with an intense exercise regimen disguised as a dance party. The program has since spread to locations in cities as far flung as Saudi Arabia and San Diego, torching calories and causing patrons to dig back up time capsules full of sweatbands. The energetic choreographers and dancers under Jay's employ blend moves from jazz, Latin, reggae, hip-hop, and rock dance to craft heart-pumping choreography that flows seamlessly against lively cascades of drums and bright swells of brass. This marriage of music-video-style dance and traditional cardio exercise tones muscles and melts calories from students of all age and fitness levels during sessions focused specifically on street moves, ballet influences, or efficiently stomping bubblewrap. Dance Trance Fitness works with a variety of causes to host benefits and other events, and the company bolsters students’ drive to get healthy with a range of online support options.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.