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.
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.
In 2011, four University of Florida graduates came upon a revolutionary idea for physical fitness: a mobile app. As such, PeerFit integrates Twitter, Facebook, and most other cybernetic interfaces to give its clients the ability to send themselves workout reminders via text, schedule gym sessions, and search for exercise classes by location. The social aspect of the program also lets fitness enthusiasts peruse class and instructor reviews?and write their own. This digital network keeps clients abreast of the goings on at their local gym, and can make them one of the first to know when a new gym starts offering their favorite class.
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.
The Ark School of Fitness uses the Olympic lifts?the snatch, the clean, and the jerk?as the base for whipping bodies into shape. The gym, which specializes in Olympic weightlifting and conditioning, boasts a staff that includes experienced coaches and an exercise therapist and injury adviser. An in-house licensed massage therapist dispenses complimentary sports massages to gym members every Monday and every third Leap Day.
At Florida Fencing Academy, decorated coaches encourage students aged 6 and older to improve their technique and boost their fitness levels as they learn to use the foil, saber, and ?p?e. The point man of the coaching staff is founder Brian Harper, who established the academy after a career highlighted by two National Saber Championship victories and 28 national medals. Students can follow in these oversize footsteps by working on their quickness, rhythm, and strategy in private and group lessons.