Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.
The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.
During Zephrin Augustine’s more than 10 years as a coach and athlete, he earned an array of nicknames that ranged from St. Augustine to Whomp Whomp. The most appropriate name for Augustine nowadays, however, is CEO. As the founder and head of Next Level Sports & Fitness, he draws on his strong fitness background—which includes a college football career at the University of Florida—to whip bodies into shape, aided by certified personal trainer Dimetress Barnwell. The duo specializes in boot-camp-style workouts, whose ever-changing cocktails of cardio, strength, and plyometric moves banish boredom more effectively than workouts that end with a fun fact about sweat. Held outside when weather permits, their dynamic fitness regimens melt away excess weight and tone physiques, enhancing the abilities of exercise newbies and decorated athletes alike.
The Gainesville Rock Gym staff cultivates years of international climbing experience as they shepherd visitors up the sheer faces and overhangs of their spacious gym. The facility's array of classes instruct single or small groups on all aspects of cliff facing, from anchor setting to lead climbing to yodeling SOS distress calls. Instructors help trainees hone teamwork and technique on special retreats or boost range of motion and flexibility during challenging workout sessions. To lift the sport to even greater heights, Gainesville Rock Gym also sponsors the UF Climbing Team, which placed second in the nation two years in a row.
Yoga is said to improve flexibility, strength and endurance, as well as increase balance, focus, and energy. Big Ron's Yoga College twists and bends bone abodes to stretchier, more meditative states with its selection of yoga classes and styles. Certified instructors shepherd limb limberers of all experience levels through poses, postures, and complicated three-part yogic harmonies, improving flexibility, honing focus, and increasing energy. pecializes in "100 Degrees In 100 Minutes" classes, or Bikram-styled yoga with new poses added to shake up your chakra, but there's a bevy of classes to choose from. Fold, unfold, and refoldUnfold yourself in a Yin yYoga session, or strike a sweaty pose r with a hot yoga class, which harnesses 100-degree heat to loosen ligaments, flush out cell-sitting toxins, and clear the mind of unnecessary theories of relativity. stay a few degrees cooler in Basic Hatha Yoga. Certified instructors aid your limbs in their journey towards bendiness, so bring a water bottle and prepare to twist and (silently) shout.
Laurie Scott-Reyes has bounced around for most of her life. She was born in Germany, grew up in Alabama, and graduated high school in Indiana. She even spent more than two decades with the US Army as a photojournalist. Today, Laurie continues to bounce around—as a writer, as an artist, and as a fitness instructor during Loca-Motion Dance4Fitness classes. During her classes, Laurie leads groups through high-energy workouts set to the beat of handpicked songs from around the globe. She carefully plans and executes each routine, ensuring every muscle in the body gets a workout.
Hip Moves' instructors lead cadres of muscle masons through energizing dance and fitness classes designed to build the core and stretch physiques. Navel neophytes can carve a sleeker shadow with a Belly-Dance Technique and Abs class, in which students learn basic shimmies and eject loose lint from tummy trenches, finishing the class with a bout of abdominal strengthening ($10/class). Squeeze in an hour's worth of warrior posing and Darth Vader-breathing during the Lunchtime Yoga class, or marry flexibility, core strength, posture, and brief meditation in a plural union during a yoga/Pilates mix class ($10/class). Hoop Dance & Fitness channels Pluto's orbit and Dante's circular afterlife for a sinew-building workout that incorporates exercise, technicality, and personal expression ($12/class). Consult the schedule for precise dates and times.