In 1986, Jane Forman stood on tennis' Mount Olympus—Centre Court at Wimbledon—and traded blows with an immortal: the legendary Martina Navratilova. Three years later, Jane—who soared into the world top 50 in her career—decided she'd rather impart her skills to others than continue playing professionally. So she founded Jane Forman Tennis Academy, where she links kids and adults alike with USPTA- and PTR-certified instructors to learn the rules of the game and hone their technique. The tennis pros tailor their curriculums to pupils' ability levels, helping them improve their serve, footwork, and most intimidating Gaelic battle cry. Private lessons are also available with Jane or another veteran of the hard court.
The Alper JCC provides more than 5,000 square feet of amenities for muscle-magnifying guests. Pump iron in the state-of-the-art facility, equipped with ellipticals, rowers, cardio machines with personal flat-screen TVs, and monkey bars, where monkeys can enjoy top-shelf libations. Ball fanatics can engage in close competition on one of the two indoor basketball courts, three indoor racquetball courts, as well as tennis courts and baseball fields. Swimmers or dolphins escaped from the zoo can practice their backstroke in the junior Olympic-size heated pool.
Since 1984, swim gym has work towards one goal: to maximize pool safety by making people comfortable in the water. Since splashing onto the scene, the facility has schooled more than 45,000 students—most of whom happen to have feet instead of flippers. Coach and director Robert Strauss leads the facility's efforts, having taught in Miami himself since 1973. But these days, swim gym spreads its teachings across a trio of South Florida locations, where students of all ages can boost their floatability during group or private lessons and fitness classes, such as Waterobics and Aqua Zumba.
Sensei Michael Cardoso, the head trainer at Extreme MMA, has more than 15 years of experience in martial-arts styles that include karate, judo, Japanese jujitsu, shoot fighting, and Brazilian jujitsu. Sensei Michael and the Extreme MMA team lead multiple programs for self-defense and fitness, including kids’ martial arts, cardio kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, fitness boot camp, and MMA classes that blend muay thai kickboxing, Western boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu.
At Training at Maximum Effort, trainers certified by the Russian Kettlebell Club lead strictly kettlebell classes to help clients burn calories and shed pounds. During classes, students combine resistance work with cardio techniques, hoisting the kettle-shaped weights in swings, cleans and snatches, squats, lunges, and dead lifts. Whether they're held indoors or outdoors, the classes work quickly; many students notice increased strength and core stability in just a matter of weeks.