After a medical condition stamped out Michael Lindsay?s dreams of becoming an astronaut, he followed his other passion: helping others find total wellness with fitness and nutritional counseling. At All Together Fitness, his crew of fitness experts lead boot-camp classes for men and women of all ages and athletic abilities. Sessions are held outdoors so participants can show off workout moves to area birds.
Before finding her calling as a yoga instructor, Sylvia taught biology, Earth science, and general science for more than 25 years. Throughout her years in the classroom, she practiced yoga as a way to calm her mind and balance her body. In 2005, she switched gears—she trained for more than 1,000 hours and earned her E-RYT 500 certification. She specializes in Kripalu-style mindfulness yoga, which emphasizes self-acceptance and consciousness of the interplay between life and yoga. Although she primarily teaches multi-level classes, some sessions, such as chair or adaptive yoga, are intentionally geared toward those with limited mobility. At the beginning of class, she occasionally reads inspirational passages or practices levitation.
Tardiness will cost you at The Training Box. For every minute of class latecomers miss, they must perform three burpees—a challenging union of pushups and jumping jacks. The gym operates under a no-excuses approach to fitness, packing its 6,000-square-foot functional training space with punching bags, a rock-climbing wall, and strength-training equipment, and conducting high-intensity CrossFit and MMA classes throughout the week. CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors shout words of motivation and favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to classes of students of all shapes and sizes, leading them through the daunting, ever-changing gamut of exercises. To keep patrons healthy outside the gym, staff members dole out nutritional tips and advice and even write up healthy menus that guests can follow at home.
Pro bodybuilder John Pierce wields his 20 years of personal-training experience to create an effective workout environment at New Image Fitness. Dedicated to ensuring that all of his guests reach their fitness goals, he has equipped the gym with more than 50 pieces of cardio equipment and 130 muscle-building training stations. Helming more than 30 group classes a week, he and his team help groups stay in shape during Pilates classes centered around core-strengthening routines and Ninja Challenge classes filled with kickboxing workouts and training exercises that help students determine which robed figures are just mannequins and which are furious, furious ninjas. After sweat-inducing workouts, patrons can quench their thirst and gab about the latest in muscle-shirt fashions at the onsite juice bar.
Just as the workouts scale to students of all fitness levels, they extend to those of all ages as well. The center's CrossFit Kids program is designed to help children and the adults who play them on TV build a solid foundation for a fit, healthy life by challenging them to fun, functional workouts that mimic the movements they do every day, such as jumping, pulling, running, and climbing. Like the adult version, CrossFit Kids is just as beneficial to less-active children as it is to youth athletes, as the challenges are scaled to each student's ability and success is measured on an individual level.
As recently as 2010, Stylez G. White was exploding off the line as a starting defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, he runs Elite Vandals, a fitness studio known for its daily, CrossFit-esque philosophy that has been dubbed "Vandal Fit". The workouts and drills resemble what you'd see being performed in a pro football team's weight room: think dead lifts, squats, box jumps, pull-ups, ladder drills, field-goal-post tosses, and rope climbing. Making matters better, White, who is a CrossFit Level 1-certified instructor to boot, caps each class size at 10 exercisers, resulting in more one-on-one instruction between trainer and trainees.