A Romana’s Pilates certification is more than just a piece of paper. Named after Romana Kryzanowska, the hand-chosen protégé of Joseph Pilates, it reflects a tireless dedication to continued Pilates education and total mastery over the sport's mat exercises and varied equipment. Studying under Romana Kryzanowska herself, Pilates Space Florida owner Kerstin Korzekwa tallied the requisite 700 hours of training to receive her certification in only six months, adding it to a resumé that includes master's degrees in both physical education and dance performance.
Though Korzekwa doesn’t credit her previous career as a dancer and choreographer for her quick mastery of Pilates, it did provide her with an acute understanding of how the sport can benefit dancers, athletes, and everyday exercisers alike. Pilates gently conditions the body with a series of moves that shape and strengthen the core and tone the body without adding bulk. The routine—often aided by equipment such as a Reformer, chair, tower, or repurposed taffy pull—can also help practitioners to lengthen their limbs and straighten fatigued spines, and with continued practice, many note that they sleep better, stand straighter, and have more endurance.
Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson is an International Kickboxing Federation world champion, a fifth-degree black belt in japanese shotokan karate, and a survivor of more than 70 bouts in the ring—yet, one of his most influential titles is "father." With two kids clinging around his waist like a squirmy fanny pack, Shannon started brainstorming a way to channel his boxing and kickboxing training into a quick, effective workout that even those who are busy or out of shape could tackle. The result was 9Round, a 30-minute routine of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance moves divided into a circuit of nine stations. The ever-changing series of workouts maximizes morale and results and minimizes boredom.
His trainers launch the workouts every three minutes, motivating exercisers through each station—which might include jumping rope or pummeling speed bags. Online nutritional counseling supplements the workouts, teaching patrons how to construct and eat healthful meals instead of falling back on old habits, such as snacking on cheese sculptures.
With nearly 150 classes offered weekly at three locations, Busy Body Fitness Center has workouts for dancers, boxers, and yogis alike. The packed calendar also dabbles in popular fitness acronyms, like P90X and TRX, which develop participants' overall strength and endurance. Those who enjoy their routines with a little rhythm can drop by for Zumba, Dance Jam, or Drums Alive, whereas high-powered cardio work is the theme of spinning and kickboxing classes.
The atmosphere of group classes is informed by communal support. This spirit of encouragement is also echoed in one-on-one guidance from personal trainers. In addition to a typical fitness background of coaching clients and mining medicine balls from the depths of the earth, each trainer has a minimum of 10 years of physical-therapy experience. That ensures they can both help clients find the most beneficial exercises and teach them how to properly execute those workouts.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
The instructors at Zen Den Yoga School are so dedicated to creating a welcoming community environment that they eschew rigid class prices. Instead, they ask only for donations, inviting everyone to join them in sun salutations during chakra flows and vigorous vinyasa classes despite their financial background. Led by founder of the school and studio, Ira Schneider—a 500-hour RYT certified instructor—has spent the past three years teaching on his yoga farm in Guatemala and has recently brought his teachings of sadhana yoga to South Florida. The studio's instructors—all of whom have completed at least 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification program—alongside Ira, help students of all ages and abilities develop their own personal practice and celebrate life.
At Fun Spot Fitness, Coach Roudy pairs his dedication to fitness with a joy for play that he fostered while growing up the oldest child among a group of 19 siblings and cousins. He designs fun, fast-paced classes to get kids moving through a variety of games that incorporate plyometrics, calisthenics, TRX suspension training, and other techniques to help kids maintain an active lifestyle. Each session is broken down into instructional time to make sure kids know how to properly stretch, dynamic and static stretching to get warmed up, and a workout and game to get kids moving. Beyond his after-school workouts, Coach Roudy also devises special fitness events, such as field days that present kids with a variety of physical obstacles to overcome.