Pilates Plus has a trio of studios, and each serves a specific purpose. The first is outfitted with Pilates Reformer machines, atop which students whittle their core muscles and increase their flexibility. The second has ample space for the other fitness classes on the gym's schedule: dance-inspired Zumba, kickboxing, mat Pilates, and Booty Barre, which coalesces dance, yoga, and Pilates. The third studio opens for massage and personal-training clients.
Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures gives adventurers the vessels and knowledge to plunge boldly into the surf, providing paddleboard, kayak, and waterski rentals as well as lessons. Fishing trips set sail for open water with a Coast Guard-certified captain and all of the tackle necessary to hunt for kingfish, triggerfish, and the vengeful ghosts of scuba divers, while sunset cruises let passengers experience the wonder of voyaging directly into the heart of the sun.
Serendipity Health & Racquet Club is more than a gym. The word gym evokes a sterile room surrounded by mirrors, where the sounds of clanking weights and grunting weightlifters fill the air. Nestled in a gated community, Serendipity lives up to its soothing moniker with an elegant, airy facility on the edge of a placid lake. Inside, a spacious fitness club presents members with a full circuit of Cybex Eagle weight equipment, free weights, and cardio machines illuminated by natural light flooding in through wraparound windows. Outside, members can practice their serve on 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, or turn laps in the heated Junior Olympic–size pool.
CrossFit Gulf Coast is an officially licensed CrossFit affiliate gym that's been operating under the no-nonsense ownership of Frank DiMeo since 2005. DiMeo, a certified CrossFit trainer and former SSG with the U.S. Army Paratroopers, encourages an attitude of total devotion to fitness, kindly challenging mental road blocks ranging from excuses to ill-advised peer pressure from bridge-dwelling trolls. Disciplined trainees test their mettle against nine vigorous class types, including women-only SheRox sessions and kettlebell-centric workouts.
To facilitate its signature 10-minute workouts, 10 Minutes to Fitness employs a fleet of shiny Power Plate fitness machines. The machines help exercisers quickly build muscle through vibration, emitting rippling movements that cause up to 30–50 muscle contractions per second. These vibrations force muscles to work much harder than normal in a short amount of time, making basic stretches and strength-training exercises more effective than repeatedly lifting in-use laundry machines. The equipment is used during 10 Minutes to Fitness's group classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions. The facility also boasts two far-infrared saunas designed to help clients detoxify while slowly cooking frozen burritos.
Noelle Segal, founder of newly opened Family Tree Yoga, has a single motto: “Allow people to feel welcome the moment they walk into the door.” With that in mind, she created her intimate yoga studio, a warm, mirror-lined space with wood floors and green trees painted on the walls. Here, experienced instructors lead group classes—for both kids and adults—designed to help mitigate aches and pains and anxiety while boosting energy and confidence. The studio specializes in Vinyasa-style classes that focus on healthy alignment, and visitors can also fuse meditation with movement in a power flow session. Other classes include gentle yoga, flow, candlelight power flow, family, mommy and me, prenatal, and doga.