In a small 900-square-foot space, a group of dedicated wrestlers forged a signature method of Brazilian jujitsu training in the heat of Boca Raton. They called themselves simply the American Top Team. They conquered regional tournaments, dominated state showdowns, and ultimately sent team member after team member to the UFC to show off their stuff. Their students won accolades?and fights?and the school grew. Now, the organization provides advanced martial-arts training in Brazilian jujitsu, MMA, muay thai, and more from 60 different martial-arts academies.
Michelle Ann's athletic background helped her appreciate the physical challenge of yoga when she first discovered it. After training with Shri Yogi Hari at the Sampoorna Yoga Ashram, she went on to teach classes at parks, beaches, and inside the studio. In addition to creative vinyasa flow sequences, Michelle teaches hatha yoga. A portmanteau that combines the Hindi words for sun and moon, hatha aims to balance contrasting concepts such as "effort" and "surrender," or "healthy" and "tastes good." Michelle also blends vinyasa yoga and Pilates techniques to tone muscles and increase flexibility.
The staff at Riptide CrossFit doesn't believe that fitness is only achievable for some. On the contrary, they operate on the conviction that fitness is the body's natural state, and people just need a little help to reach it. The studio's coaches strive to help clients of all abilities blast through their perceived limitations with CrossFit's adherence to constantly varied, high-intensity interval training. The program can help everyone from stay-at-home parents to marathon runners boost their strength and stamina with such functional movements as squats, push-ups, and opening a stubborn jar with one?s mind. Workouts of the day (WODs) are performed either at Riptide CrossFit's 1,500-square-foot gym?equipped with ropes, rowing machines, and kettlebells?or outside at the beach.
At The Playground Gym, where CrossFit's workout of the day is in high rotation, the acronym AMRAP gets thrown around a lot. It stands for "as many reps as possible" and sums up two of the more important tenets of the CrossFit philosophy: intensity and personalization. During a typical workout, participants are given a series of functional exercises to perform and are encouraged to complete them as quickly as possible. Because most of the exercises, such as pull-ups, rely on using body weight as resistance and not beached whales who need to be carried back to the sea, anyone can perform them. Helping make sure that each exercise is being done with good form is The Playground Gym's staff, who have earned CrossFit Level 1 and 2 certifications.
Zumba is a high-energy fitness program that combines Latin-inspired music and worldly dance moves, infusing the infectious flavors of cumbia, reggaeton, flamenco, and the watusi. With an exercise form that eschews bulky, rigid exercise machines for organic dance moves and booty-moving beats, Zumba students get a fun full-body workout that targets major muscle groups and can burn hundreds of calories in each 60-minute session.
After lighting up the gridiron on Saturdays as a cornerback for the Washington State Cougars, Wale Dada pursued his dream of Sunday glory with stints in the NFL and professional clubs in Germany, Canada, and the United States. Now, he trains the next generation of fitness buffs as the owner and founder of Takeover Fitness Training. There, along with certified trainers Casey Eischen and Wesley Windham, he pairs training fundamentals with professional dedication to remake healthier lifestyles for clients of all fitness levels. Whether they're sweating through personal training sessions or stoking inner fires during group camps, clients can challenge muscles with strength training, boost endurance with cardio work, or improve balance and agility with boxing work. Training sessions even unfold outside of the gym, with beach training sessions blending intense workouts with the cool spray of the Atlantic.