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, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
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.
With six locations across South Florida, Kickboxing Miami-Dade helps students hone their reflexes and tone their bodies through fun, high-energy training sessions that blend traditional workouts with martial arts. Pupils meet like-minded new friends as they burn fat through intense aerobic activity; build lithe, powerful muscles; and beat up hordes of invisible bad guys. Fitness-kickboxing techniques help clients break out of familiar workout routines, whipping them into shape by fully engaging their bodies and minds.
At Southeast Kickboxing Florida, instructors place an emphasis on self-defense skills as they help students achieve weight-loss goals. Students power through strength-building exercises and reps as well as high-intensity cardio kicks and punches to speed up their heart rates and shed pounds. At the same time, each class instills confidence in pupils, helping them feel safe in the knowledge that they can protect themselves.
TryKickboxingNow.com's self-defense classes are more than just kickboxing sessions. Their courses blend traditional kickboxing, muay thai, boxing, karate, and interval training to burn fat and build muscle. In order to make it easy for exercisers to learn the kicks and punches of the sport, sessions take place at affiliate gyms across the country.