Forte Fitness?s owner, Alicia Streger, gathers a crew of trainers whose backgrounds are as diverse as the exercises performed within her boot camps. When not motivating people to achieve their fitness goals, instructors spend time participating in fitness competitions and charity camps within the community, building strong bonds and increasing their accountability and success as co-trainers. Each instructor's background is reflected in his or her physical and mental fitness, and they try to instill that discipline in students through their 21-day Belly Blast Challenges, boot camps, and regular kettlebell courses, all supplemented with nutritional education. For traveling clients who don?t want to lose the rhythm of their routine, the instructors assemble their 20 favorite body-weight exercises, ones that conveniently don?t require using any particular equipment or punching any particular wall.
Artistry, technique, and creativity dominate the curriculum at The Center for Contemporary Dance. The nonprofit organization is supported by the United Arts of Central Florida and its instructors—many of whom have credentials spanning decades of professional dance—adhere to the National Standards for Dance Education. Mindful of these standards, they stage classical, contemporary and world dance classes for adults, teens, and kids. Their facility features two air-conditioned studios, each outfitted with a sound system, sprung wooden flooring, and mirrored walls so that people can flirt with themselves using their new dance moves. In addition to fostering the future of dance, The Center for Contemporary Dance celebrates movement’s current state by producing a new season of dance performances each year.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
Following in the medical footsteps of his father, Dr. Gregory P. Samano II, now helms Dr. Gregory P. Samano Sr.'s practice, providing a full range of family-medicine and aesthetic services. He and his staff pride themselves in treating patients the way they would treat their own kin, whether they are administering skin-tightening procedures, SmartLipo, tattoo removal, or non-invasive face lifts. Resident practitioners also expertly erase signs of aging with laser treatments and injectable fillers.
A bodybuilder since age 18, Michelle continues to push herself in figure competitions, marathons, obstacle courses, and kickboxing. Certifications in personal training, kickboxing, and CPR allow her to strengthen students, teach them to fight, then beat them up and simultaneously revive them.
Mesos Cosmetic & Laser Center’s medically trained team staves off the advances of aging using FDA-approved Botox injections, with results that last up to four months. Skilled doctors consult with patients about facial creases such as crow’s feet and worry and laugh lines, and chronicle wrinkles with digital photos and topographical maps carved in cold butter to track improvement after the procedure. The formula floods muscle tissue, drowning out nerve impulses that cause faces to look like dry riverbeds. Each injection area may take up to 15 minutes and cause slight discomfort and bruising that vanishes quickly following the treatment, which requires no downtime.