Colorful graffiti murals cover the walls of CrossFit Homestead’s large cargo-garage fitness studio. The murals reflect CrossFit’s gritty workouts of the day, which require exercisers to complete a hodgepodge of plyometric exercises, muscle isolation, body movements, and light weight exercises as quickly and intensely as possible.
Kettle bells swing, tires flip, and punching bags send back witty retorts in the American Tactical Fitness gym. The owner and head coach here is Luis Rodriguez, a retired police detective who has earned a slew of commendations and awards in his career. Rodriguez designs the workouts at American Tactical Fitness, incorporating cross training and kickboxing exercises as well as functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. All workouts are scalable, so they're appropriate for clients of all skill and fitness levels, plus they're short. Each one is only 45 minutes long?"because we understand you have a family, career, and job to get to."
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
Equipment: balance equipment, TRX, free weights, functional equipment
Students should bring: Water, towel, and athletic clothes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Make sure to eat at least one hour before coming to the class.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
A dull thud shakes the padded floor as Ronny Lindsay drops a barbell after demonstrating squat thrusters to his student. All around him trainers bellow motivation, and the air is damp with the sweat of men and women of all ages powering through the workout of the day. This scenario plays out daily for Bruno and his team of trainers, each of whom holds at least a CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification and listens to a soundtrack of workout grunts on a loop before bed.
The trainers introduce exercisers to CrossFit gradually. They start by teaching On Ramp fundamentals classes and then roll out the workout of the day, which typically includes a nonstop sequence of exercises such as sprints, lunges, and pull-ups. Aside from the daily workout, the trainers oversee a specialized CrossFit Football program, which was created with guidance from an actual professional football veteran.