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.
The owners of Cutting Edge Fitness claim "the fitness industry is constantly evolving." To stay abreast of the ever-changing trends, they stock their facility with up-to-date technology and incorporate the industry's most innovative workout regimens during many of their group classes. They track pulses during select sessions on polar heart-rate monitors that display data on a 7-foot projection screen at the front of the room, encouraging attendees to monitor their progress and put the equipment's lie-detector capabilities to the test. They also lead virtual spinning sessions and vibration-based Power Plate classes, putting their own contemporary twists on familiar workout regimens.
The instructors also draw from their conventional arsenal of kettlebells, resistance bands, TRX suspension systems, free weights, and Pilates equipment as they lead invigorating sessions intended to tone muscles or incinerate free-loading calories. They incorporate multiple techniques to create challenging whole-body workouts, and they welcome students of virtually any age or fitness level.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Helmed by Stefanie Ellis, a team of expert instructors leads a roster of classes designed to help guests bolster their core, strength, and posture. In addition to equipment-heavy Pilates courses, these passionate fitness gurus lead heart-intensive Core Cardio classes, ballet-inspired barre classes, yoga lessons, and spinning sessions replete with pulsing tunes, music videos, and the speed-inspiring chirps of cheetahs.
The instructors at American Dancesport Center are trained in 23 different styles of dance, from the elegant waltz to the lively merengue. Firmly believing that everyone has the potential to be a dancer, they welcome students of all ages and experience levels into their spacious, oak wood–floored studio. The seasoned instructors offer both private and group classes and host weekly practice parties with a live DJ.