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.
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.
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.
Every student at Evolution MMA adopts the gym’s strict no-ego policy. With egos checked at the door, students are ready to engage in myriad classes designed to promote self-defense techniques and fitness. Instructors lead mixed-martial-arts classes for all experience levels, as well as gi and no-gi Brazilian jujitsu, boot camps, cardio kickboxing, and cardio MMA.
Owner Miles Rico and his staff forge strong, resilient muscles and minds with a host of challenging classes intended for novices and advanced athletes alike. Each encouraging class features new and unusual workouts, helping to stave off repetition and boredom. CrossFit sessions feature boot-camp-style exercises intense enough to condition firemen and policemen, but adaptive enough to accommodate biceps of every diameter. The gym’s nearly two-hour Brazilian jiujitsu classes add extra kicks to traditional martial-arts training, placing emphasis on smooth technical movements that refine bodily shapes and confidence. Unlike planets after ice storms, Crank CrossFit’s schedule is easy to adjust to and safe for dinos, offering classes multiple times a day, six days a week.