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.
After learning how to finesse French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, Jeff Tamayo applied his refined skill set as a chef for a catering company, then made the move to Kings Creek Village Tavern, where he's been the head chef and manager since the tavern opened in 2006. At Kings Creek Village Tavern, Tamayo puts a healthy spin on many pub favorites, including chicken wings that are baked rather than fried before being tossed with the customer's choice from eight sauce options. A dozen draft beers offer a variety of thirst-quenching options, perfect for washing down bites while watching a sporting event on TV or celebrating a local little-league team's victory.
Kings Creek Village Tavern's wood floors, stools, chairs, and tables reverberate every other Saturday from the boom of a live band. Patrons also regularly pack the tavern on Thursdays, when karaoke allows them to showcase the songs they practice in the shower while their voice-coach sits in the sink.
Young dancers in red and gold embroidered costumes and traditional boots perform a syrtos as patrons wander by, munching on gyros and homemade pastries. All of this takes place at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church's Miami Greek Festival, a three-day celebration of Greek culture and the local community. All day, the festival showcases traditional Greek music and folk dancing, while kids' rides and wine tastings cater to visitors of all ages. The bakaliko, a traditional supermarket, sells feta and vlahotiri cheeses, kalamata olive, and olive oil so that patrons can take home some of the flavors of Greece.
When former project managers from Bally's, World Gym, Crunch, Guess, and Clinique realized the need for a women's-only gym in the world of fitness, they joined forces to create the Elements Diet and Fitness program. This fitness regimen depends upon three primary ingredients to help ladies of all stripes get into shape: smart-card workouts, personal-lifestyle coaches, and group-fitness classes. European-built smart-card equipment uses a personal-identification card to remember each member's name and personal settings, slowly advancing the difficulty of a workout and tracking individual progress. Personal-lifestyle coaches establish a report with their clients, through which they send constant motivation, support, and fitness instruction. Finally, group classes encourage self-discovery through fun fitness experiences such as performing candlelight yoga, training in tai chi, and belly dancing while taking a Myers-Briggs assessment.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Stephen Smith, the literal wizard behind the figurative curtain at Planet Beach Contempo Spa, has developed a variety of efficient, self-guided treatments that beautify skin or relieve stress at the touch of a button. Patrons can pay an affordable monthly membership fee at four Miami-area locations to access the automated services, which include sunless spray tans, traditional or high-pressure UV tanning, and full-body hydration treatments that nourish skin and can extend the life of a tan. The Luminous facial device has been designed to fight signs of aging with light therapy, and several types of massage beds melt away stress.
Guests pay an additional fee only for the products that correspond to the services they want. A sauna-suit purchase is required for the infrared sauna, and teeth-whitening treatments require a mouth guard that can be used for games of full-contact horseshoes.