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.
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.
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.
Jessica and Karina each hold two licenses: one for driving a vehicle, and one for teaching Zumba classes. At Zumba Fitness, it's the latter that matters most. With international tunes as their soundtrack, the pair leads pupils through easy-to-follow dance moves that help them drop pounds and sculpt their physiques. In addition to traditional Zumba workouts, the duo teaches Zumba Toning classes, which incorporate light hand weights for strength-training exercises, and Zumba Sentao courses, which use chairs during targeted resistance-training routines.
Zumba Fitness with Priscilla is an aerobic experience that fuses latin and international dance and rhythms with fitness moves. Zumba Fitness is for everybody and every body. Not only do you get a full body workout with Zumba Fitness, you'll notice a happier and more confident you.
To the parents observing classes from the mezzanine of Mojo Elite Gymnastics Training Center, it might look like their kids are simply playing. But classes aren't only about having fun—they're also designed to build strength, stamina, and self-confidence. Lessons are capped at six children, ensuring that kids get the individual attention they need to execute rolls, handstands, and even the parkour moves necessary to leap over obstacles such as two-story buildings.
Certified coaches lead the center's programs, tailoring their classes to meet the needs of specific age groups. They also host activities such as Super Saturday Nights, wherein parents drop off kids for supervised open play. No matter which activity they're hosting, the center's coaches are held to high standards, including required weekly safety-training sessions.