Though Suleiman Yousef's muscular arms, tattoos, and shaven head present a tough, masculine exterior, the professional mixed-martial-arts fighter maintains that his biggest influence was his mom. As a single mother raising three kids on her own, she still found the time to direct his boundless energy into athletics and enroll him in many different styles of martial-arts classes. Today, Yousef not only competes in professional MMA fights, but he also owns and operates Monsters Training Center, where he channels his athletic prowess to aid others in whipping into shape. Throughout the week, industry professionals lead martial-arts and fitness classes ranging from the grappling fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu to the high-intensity routines of boot camp. To start wee ones on a path to fitness, the center offers kids' martial-arts classes, which are designed to enhance kids' physical health and instill them with the confidence to handle bullies and impress future prom dates with their ability to crack lunch trays with a single karate chop.
Set in a large, open warehouse, CrossFit Soul offers small group CrossFit classes to Miami workout mavens trying to tone up. The “box” – don’t call it a studio – has fitness programs that can help with losing weight, becoming a better player on a sports team, recovering from an injury or simply transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. For expectant mothers who want to stay in shape and maintain a balanced life, there’s even a CrossFit for Pregnancy session available on site. Prior to being able to take classes, clients must complete the On Ramp Course that lays out the basic level of instruction and techniques used inside the sparse facility. And, as usual, the first class is free.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
An addiction. That?s what Cheryl Mullin, head trainer at Tone You Up, Inc., calls her relationship with fitness. Starting out as a dancer at the age of 5, she transitioned into cheerleading in high school and eventually track and field in college, where she fell in love with lifting, plyometrics, and circuit training. Ten years and three certifications later, Cheryl and her staff of dedicated trainers pass their passion on to others with their three pillars of training: fitness, nutrition, and overall health.
Groups sprint and lunge across Tropical or Palmetto Bay Park during intense, one-hour boot-camp classes, all while Tone You Up's trainers preach the components of a healthful diet, such as eating plenty of protein and vegetables and not using cake frosting as toothpaste. Some staffers motivate the campers through cardio and strength training in the great outdoors, and others lead in-home personal-training sessions. Each one-on-one or one-on-two session begins with a thorough body assessment and fitness test. Based on results, trainer and client discuss goals and map a total lifestyle program to help shed pounds or boost athleticism. Tone You Up also offers programs for small groups, including onsite boot camps for workers at schools and offices.
On November 16th, Miami's Tropical Park becomes part of Ancient Greece, as The Ultimate Titan Challenge's mythology-themed obstacle course takes over. The organizers draw inspiration from classic Greek literature, testing strength, agility, speed, and endurance in trials that tie to various mythological characters' essence. They assemble ten kilometers of challenges, inviting runners to splash through Poseidon's Way, navigate Pandora's Maze, and try to avoid marrying any livestock in Zeus Thunder Alley. At the finish line, they throw a Pantheon Party, where finishers can grab a cold beer with other modern-day gods and heroes.
Whether it’s to get off blood-pressure medication or improve mile times for marathon running, the trainers at My Only BootCamp help clients set and meet specific fitness goals. Though they strive to keep workouts interesting, they readily admit that participants must possess and apply discipline and determination if they want to adequately prepare for Miami’s perpetual beach season. To ensure workouts are always fresh and no two days are identical, they draw upon their vast repertoire of memorized exercise techniques and their smartphones’ ability to Google.