After accumulating more than 14 years of Pilates experience at other fitness venues, Helen Wagner opened The Pilates Scoop to provide affordable Pilates equipment classes. The Pilates method works to tone the body’s core without adding bulk, ensuring that students don't emerge looking like a football player who just ate a medicine ball. The pulleys, cables, and springs of Reformer and Cadillac machines extend and contract as students tone their stomachs, backs, hips, buttocks, and knees.
Helen caps equipment classes at no more than six students, and also leads private, duet, and triples lessons to provide more tailored instruction. She also teaches classes in traditional Pilates methods incorporating mats, chairs, and the high ladder barrel.
The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
It would take a massive pool to accommodate every diver who's been trained by Scuba Outfitters of Naples. To date, the company's instructors have educated and certified more than 1,000 scuba divers, and their aquatic alumni only continue to grow in numbers. PADI training begins in Scuba Outfitters' heated indoor training pool, where the experts introduce the most fundamental skills, such as how to avoid dissolving. Eventually, the instructors take students to premier diving locations, including the reefs of Key Largo.
With over 5 million students worldwide, Zumba exhilarates students of all ages, who fall under the spell of hypnotic dance beats as exercise blends with the pleasure of dancing. A selection of classes cater to varying age groups and experience levels. Classes are tailored to dance hopefuls of all fitness levels, from older adults looking to ease into exercise to more active sets of bipedal primates. Zumba Basics 1 is a popular choice for the Latin-inspired dance fitness class, burning between 400 and 800 calories an hour, not counting the calories burned while skipping down the yellow brick road to class. See Dance Yourself Fit's full schedule for locations and times.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires—also the birthplace of Argentine tango—Pablo Repun has taught and danced tango professionally for nearly two decades. Initially, Pablo’s training in Buenos Aires had him studying with the top professional masters Argentine tango had to offer. He soon moved forward, though, taking his vast knowledge and experience around the globe before officially landing in Florida in 2002. There, and despite still traveling across the U.S. and abroad to instruct and perform, Pablo teaches all styles of Argentine tango to beginner and advanced students alike, emphasizing posture, balance, and above all, enjoyment, at each of his classes.
More than 1,000 cardio exercise machines stand at the ready in JABZ Health & Fitness's 18,000-square-foot workout warehouse. Alongside the hordes of gym standards, including treadmills, stair steppers, and elipticals, dwell stationary recumbent bicycles and iVibe Powerplates, which are touted for their ability to give exercisers a speedy, low-impact workout. Stationary bicycles populate the spin studio, which is also outfitted with a massive flatscreen TV and a bumping sound system. In addition to spinning classes, the trainers lead group iVibe Powerplate sessions, and experienced mixed martial artists helm action-packed MMA classes.