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Fitness isn’t something Michael and Beth Caldwell relegate to gym routines and exercise classes—it’s a lifestyle that permeates everything they do. Michael came to adopt this way of life after suffering from weight problems as a child, eventually conquering his issues after discovering exercise can be fun and fulfilling. He went on to devote his entire life to this pursuit of physical health, becoming a weight-loss consultant and chef to coach others toward slimmer figures. His wife, Beth, was an avid gym and sports enthusiast from the beginning, earning a personal-training certification the first chance she got. Even when she was pregnant, she maintained an active lifestyle and was down to a size 2 in a matter of months after giving birth to her second son. After discovering that the unique and varied CrossFit program was the well-rounded regimen they both sought, the duo became CrossFit Level 1 certified trainers and opened CrossFit BNI to share their passion for fitness with the community.BNI stands for Beyond Normal Intensity, and pairs well as a motto with the CrossFit philosophy of vigorous functional training. During the gym's Workout of the Day, participants hoist barbells, sprint through cardio drills, and practice gymnastics techniques, prepping their bodies to perform most any physical challenge thrown at them while outside of the gym or onstage in Peter Pan: Action Hero. Michael and Beth also host personal-training sessions and CrossFit kids' classes, creating a comfortable yet motivating environment for visitors of all ages.

2640 South Falkenburg Road
Riverview,
FL
US

Established: 2010
Reservations/Appointments: Recommended
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Quantity and Quality of Obstacles.
Recommended Age Group: Adults

Pick a verb—crawl, climb, drag, lift, sprint—and chances are, you'll be executing it during a US Obstacle Racing event. Throughout the year, US Obstacle Racing bounces around the country organizing obstacle-laden races on beaches, in the mountains, across flatlands, and just about anywhere in nature that's accessible and not yet overrun by Sasquatches.

The organization hosts three styles of events, each more extreme than the last. Their Mud Race 5K series challenges competitors of all abilities with a grimy course peppered with more than 25 obstacles, such as climbing walls, barbed wire, hurdles, and rope walks. However, seasoned racers can truly test themselves with the OCR 100—a course riddled with 100 obstacles, designed specifically for experienced athletes—or the Elite Legend 24—a 24-hour gauntlet of obstacles and puzzles that rewards winners with a gigantic cash prize.

Q&A with Fred, Event Coordinator

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Due to our long history in the Adventure Race industry. The executives of our company were hired to consult and develop obstacles for some of the first obstacle course race companies in the USA. We wanted to improve on the business model, increase the number of obstacles and up the level of challenge instead of decreasing the number like they are doing.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have one hundred obstacles in this race, which makes it the largest obstacle course race in the world.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This course has a $10,000.00 first place challenge.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes, the obstacles are a real challenge.

6311 Burts Road
Tampa,
FL
US

With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.

7229 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa,
FL
US

At Real Athletics & Wellness, trainers have two settings: low and high intensity. But the physical results they help clients achieve fit into a single category: striking. Whether instructors—including a triple-threat college athlete and a former professional volleyball player—head up RAW Elite Training, a challenging mix of running, TRX, and other exercises, or Shape-Up Training, a scaled-down version of RAW Elite, they use functional movements to shape bodies quickly. That same method is put to use in athlete training, personal training, and programs for youth and seniors.

323 West Hillsborough Ave., Unit 103A
Tampa,
FL
US

If you're new to high-intensity interval training, you may think the team members at First 1 Fit Health & Fitness Studio have short attention spans. But that's not the case. The trainers designed their stop-and-go workouts with a specific goal: to keep exercisers' minds, muscles, and fitness bones fully engaged. The epitome of First 1 Fit's methodology is the Synrgy360 machine. It features eight different functional-training stations, including a spot for dips, TRX suspension training, and pull-ups.

7847 Citrus Park Town Center Mall
Tampa,
FL
US

The certified instructors of Zumba on Wheels pack up their fancy-footed dance moves and kick off aerobics parties at nearly any location or event. Demonstrating the workout's signature cardio steps set to Latin-inspired music, mobile hosts add rhythmic pizzazz to birthday parties, gym routines, corporate gatherings, and State of the Union addresses. Their collective energy creates an electric and supportive atmosphere as students shimmy along to multiple Zumba variations, including traditional Zumba, Zumba Toning, and ZumbAtomic for kids.

18000 Arbor Greene Drive
Tampa,
FL
US