The certified instructors of Miss Fits Fitness Studio, Inc. are indeed misfits in the gym industry, as they steer clear of exercise machinery. Instead, they rely on dynamic, female-centric workouts to condition muscles and burn calories. Their curriculum covers Mommy and Me, Zumba, yoga, Pilates/boxing, and dance—including choreography from current music videos. And although the studio rejects machines, it employs a variety of specialized equipment. Kangoo jump boots, for example, enable students to leap and bounce during low-impact cardio routines, and dance poles provide the support for sultry moves that also tone the body.
Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Regardless of skill level, Lynette Allen, RN, and her staff at Transformation Pilates Studio welcome any students looking to improve their strength or flexibility with private or small-group workouts. Her practice space includes a ballet barre, Pilates props, and reformers by Peak Pilates, ensuring that students have the tools they need to forge slender, toned muscles. Using these tools, instructors lead dynamic sessions, which can incorporate mindful stretches alongside strength-building exercises and cardio work to create a full-body workout regimen. During select classes, they help keep spirits high by playing up-tempo music and energetic readings of sunny-weather forecasts.
At TITLE Boxing Club, heavy 100-pound bags punctuate the open gym space. Led by a professional boxer, kickboxer, or MMA trainer, the classes lead students through full-body fitness using boxing or kickboxing techniques. In addition the small-group classes, the trainers conduct personal-training sessions.
On the "Our Story" page of Twin Power Yoga's website, owners Ann and Ali express their belief that "by sharing yoga, we share ourselves." They know something about sharing—they're twins, after all, which they believe connects them spiritually as much as it does physically. At their West Palm Beach location, these siblings and their fellow instructors help participants of all experience levels explore their own physical and spiritual relationships to the world around them through Twin Power's style of power yoga. In heated studios with colorful walls and hardwood floors, instructors lead postural sequences that build both strength and cardio conditioning. Between flows, they emphasize meditation, helping practitioners let go of the competitive demands of daily life and pet beagles they already regret teaching to talk. This alternation between highly physical postures and awareness of breath encourages students to listen to their bodies. Classes always end in meditation, giving participants time to sit with whatever feelings their practice awakened.
The instructors at Body & Core Pilates Studio take their craft so seriously that they are constantly enlisting in training and seminars to advance their Pilates knowledge. This training informs the Pilates lessons they lead, whether they're devising a personal-training plan to tackle a client's unique fitness goals or overseeing a quartet of students as they work atop reformer machines. The studio has also added suspension training—which, like Pilates, strengthens and tones the core—to its class curriculum.