Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
As a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, Armando Parets at BFit helps clients approach fitness from the angles of exercise and diet. He helps design programs catered to guests' goals—whether losing weight, developing muscle, or rehabilitating after injuries—in which workouts dovetail with dietary plans. He also offers programs for children that help instill the importance of fitness and exercise from a young age.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
Firefighter, paramedic, and certified personal trainer Kamil Escobar has been helping his clients achieve their fitness goals for more than 14 years. His energetic outdoor boot camps incorporate calisthenics, muay thai, cardio, and strength training, and he strives to make each class challenging as well as interesting, with new activities each time. All his students need to bring are a mat and a bottle of water—he brings an entire gym's worth of equipment to the camps' park setting, arming classes with kettle bells, barbells, dumbbells, and other gear. To keep students motivated, Escobar mixes up his fitness regimens with exciting games, such as dodgeball, football, and tug-of-war.
Experienced gymnast, dancer, choreographer, model, singer, and all-around performer Digo Padovan worked with a laundry list of musicians including the Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, and Shakira before creating the fitness and dance programs at Stardance FIT LLC. He leads a team of instructors who teach a range of dance classes, energetic Zumba sessions, and Masterclasses for advanced clients.
At Magic City CrossFit, athletes forge stronger bodies by flipping tires and snapping kettlebells into the air. Classes use CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, interval workouts to build dynamic core strength through sessions that can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant. The gym also offers boot-camp classes for a more streamlined, weightlifting-free workout, as well as yoga sessions to build valuable flexibility.