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.
At Iron Temple CrossFit, classes involving Olympic lifting require participation in OnRamp, a four-class series designed to introduce exercisers to the high-intensity art of CrossFit and its many moves. After passing the introduction—or bypassing it with enough prior experience—students can enlist in regular CrossFit classes, which aim to quickly carve muscle and flatten unwanted curves with a routine performed at each participant’s highest level. Although workouts change daily, trainers often incorporate a series of squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, and box jumps, taking full advantage of the 7,000-square-foot facility. Each class caps attendance at 20 participants so that each student is ensured ample attention from trainers and a partner for the traditional postclass square dance.
Freerunning, an offshoot of parkour, takes parkour ideas and adds creativity and acrobatics. Both are taught at the aptly named Miami Freerunning and Parkour Academy. Led by a team of instructors that boasts 10 years of combined experience in both disciplines, as well as backgrounds in martial arts and stunt work, the academy welcomes students of all levels to its obstacle-ridden and mat-filled gym.
Rafael Moret helps his clients to see dramatic changes in their bodies through furious 45-minute workouts that challenge their strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Classes capped at 20 students incorporate TRX rowing motions, fierce mountain-climber kicks, and plank positions designed to build rock-hard cores. Students stay motivated thanks to the support of their peers, squeezing out sets of pushups and squats in unison. Rafael helps to streamline success with detailed nutritional counseling and access to products such as protein bread, made from natural yeast and lumberjack tears.
Combat is a combination of art and science, one that requires creative and critical thinking in equal measure. It also happens to require its practitioners to be in peak physical condition, which is why the trainers at Paladin MMA Academy equip their students with the skills needed to excel in all fields. The trainers combine strategy-focused MMA classes with fitness-focused offerings such as cross-training and kickboxing. They teach students of every age, using focus mitts and punching bags to impart the basics to beginners and kids. They also challenge more advanced practitioners with a training circuit that moves from standing striking fighting styles to standing grappling, and finally ground grappling in three-round rotations.
Outside of the matted arena, Paladin MMA Academy houses a slew of workout equipment designed to help build muscle and increase agility. Weight-training equipment and standing punching bags line the walls. And several stations are flanked by massive tractor tires, which trainees can use to either bolster leg strength or jumpstart a career in agricultural science.
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.