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.
The staff at Naples Fit outfits the gym with sets of medium to light weights that prevent injury while building muscle mass. One-hour group workouts encourage a supportive, energetic environment, much like a pride of super-nice lions on a hunt. At the cornerstone of each workout is high-intensity interval training, which combines short periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery periods.
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.
A private, women-only gym, American Woman Fitness Center encompasses workout warriors with strength and conditioning equipment. There’s also fun fitness technology such as the Jump-Q, a semicircle of steps where members can compete against their own time or each other. For boxing and kickboxing, there’s the score-keeping 3 Kick that lights up areas to be kicked and punched. Rounding out the trio of workout toys is Heavy Ball, which challenges exercisers to maneuver and move medicine balls into a series of lit-up slots while being timed. American Woman Fitness also takes surveys from their members to customize fitness classes to their desires.