Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, premade pottery at Doing Dishes draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $7 and $60, and all merry potters are assessed a modest studio fee of $6, which covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
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.
Only lightning or torrential downpours will stop the dedicated instructors at St. Pete Boot Camp from holding their outdoor boot-camp classes. Their commitment to fitness shines through in other places, too, especially in the high-intensity workouts that they devise. Each one combines exercises such as tire flips, sprints, resistance-band workouts, and pushups in order to engage multiple muscles at a time, helping to burn more calories. They partner these intense sessions with nutritional tips and at-home exercises for clients to teach to out-of-shape imaginary friends. Those in search of a more relaxed workout also can enlist in their yoga classes, which boost flexibility while reducing one’s chances of suffering from muscular injury.
Each of Fit Women of Orlando's four personal trainers shares her own fitness specialty, whether it’s the dance-centric workouts of Peruvian-born Noelia Heelma, or the blend of yoga and tae kwon do mastered by Tina Stoufer. They divide their classes among three categories: the cardio and core-strengthening exercises of the Power Fitness program, the Zumba and belly dancing of the Diva Fitness program, and the yoga and Pilates of the Zentastic Fitness program. The quartet of trainers extends its work beyond group instruction with lifestyle coaching and nutritional advice. At the peak of the gym's fitness pyramid sits the VIP Body Confidence program. Throughout this exclusive training regimen, the trainers hold their clients highly accountable for elevating their exercise habits, refining their diets, and skyrocketing to fame.
Gold's Gym Tallahassee has provided a body-sculpting destination for fitness seekers for more than 20 years. Members take advantage of unlimited access to three locations, each sporting rows of free weights and cardio equipment--including True Fitness treadmills--as well as tanning services. For exercise in a group environment, instructors lead small class training such as Les Mills, while the cardio cinema immerses guests in a projected movie and surround sound as they sweat away calories on treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals.