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.
My Gym's age-appropriate classes help children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments or 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through four classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides and more.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
CrossFit Kratos's gym bustles with the high-intensity interval training regimens of CrossFit classes, which aim to enhance total-body strength and abet weight loss with functional movements in varying routines. Each session challenges patrons with rigorous workouts—which can be adjusted to suit any fitness level—motivating them toward the ultimate goals of increased endurance, stamina, strength, and agility. The expert instructors guide participants through lunges, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-presses in workout sequences that involve every muscle of the body, including the orbicularis oculi for enhanced winking. Instructors ease new members into the program with a series of three or four introductory lessons included in the membership, during which they will introduce clients to CrossFit's fundamental movements and a typical class’s flow.
At WMB Training Center, instructors help students achieve a mastery of both traditional and modern martial arts. Classes delve into ancient practices such as muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as more modern approaches such as submission grappling and mixed martial arts. In the gym, students can roll and grapple on bright blue and red mats, or bolster their strength with a quick free weight workout. All training is led by an impressive staff of fighters including a national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, MMA pros, judo black belts, and the only man to successfully tickle Chuck Norris.
Zumba instructor Anais Sori asks that her students bring four things with them to each class: comfy shoes, comfy clothes, a water bottle, and a smile. The last one comes naturally in Sori’s Latin dance-derived Zumba classes, because she emphasizes fun and promotes high-energy movements—to her, every class is a party. Beneath the dance moves lies the classes' practical purpose: each dancer burns calories and boosts his or her cardiovascular fitness.