Inside the new Community Fitness Centers, formerly a Gold's Gym, exercisers scorch calories and tighten and tone on their own or in group fitness classes. Many of Community Fitness's machines feature individual iPod docks and TVs, which, unlike a person yelling, "hot dog!" after they hit 10 reps, pleasantly distract guests while they get in a good workout.
Many of the facility's group fitness classes also help people stay in the zone with the use of pulse-pounding music. Classes include everything from spinning to Hatha yoga to Show Dance, a choreographed dance fitness class.
Throughout the week, CrossFit Valeo’s spacious facility echoes with rattling equipment and grunts of determination as groups push through high-intensity CrossFit workouts. Instructors base each session on a workout of the day (WOD), which typically revolves around a series of fast-paced functional movements. For beginners, CrossFit Valeo offers free introductory classes, as well as a five-day course that reviews fundamentals and goals.
Christine Sanon-Jules, a choreographer who has worked with celebrities such as Paula Abdul and the Pussycat Dolls, leads hip-hop fitness classes with a club atmosphere at Club Fix Fitness. A live DJ, club lights, and hit music keep bodies moving as they master new moves and sweat away pounds.
At HybridFitness, a trainer works with clients in either group or one-on-one settings, devising workouts to efficiently burn fat and build muscle. Exercises are tailored to each client's goals and problem areas, in an effort to rapidly transform bodies.
Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.
As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.