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.
It wasn't until his teens that Puerto Rican native Rey Monroig seriously began playing the drums like his father, an accomplished percussionist. Music is still an essential part of his artistic life, but these days he splits his time behind the kit and behind the lens at Rey Monroig Photography. The same free-spirited yet controlled style that distinguishes Rey's drumming is evident in his photography, whether he's shooting families, expectant moms, or models. To bridge the gap between his two artistic specialties, Rey also photographs promotional stills, album covers, and live performances for fellow musicians.
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.
Developed by a former gymnast, CrossFit focuses on exercises that benefit anyone, ranging from gymnastic movements to full-body exercises such as kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts. At affiliate gym CrossFit Kingdom, Head Coach Vidal Lazo can testify to the results. As a firefighter, paramedic, and SWAT medic, Vidal had to be ready to reach those in need no matter what. That meant being in good enough shape to pull himself through a window, carry a person down flights of stairs, or open a fire hydrant with the love in his heart. Impressed by CrossFit’s results, he became a certified coach to share the experience with others.
At CrossFit Kingdom, he and his team prepare clients for anything by keeping workouts diverse and surprising. Through these dynamic sessions, they help participants develop all dimensions of fitness while minimizing training plateaus. Vidal and his fellow coaches can also scale every exercise to accommodate all fitness levels. All ages are welcome, too, as the coaches train youngsters in their kids and teens program. To supplement workouts, they offer services such as sports massage and nutritional counseling. Discounted rates are available for college students, law enforcement, military, and firefighters.