A PADI 5-Star Resort Center, the dutiful divers at Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo have been helping beginner snorkelers hone their natatory know-how for more than 35 years. Prospective plungers will commence their salty sojourn with easy-to-grasp snorkeling instruction in safe, shallow water before moving on to the well-tended waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. While each trip's particular dive site is determined by that day's weather conditions and the status of Poseidon's zoning permits, possible destinations may include the azure eddies and bustling sea life of Molasses Reef or the reverent beauty of Key Largo Dry Rocks Reef––home to a replica of Italy's famous ¬Christ of the Abyss statue and colonies of brain coral, known for their grooved ridges and ability to control the market price of lobster with their thoughts.
Sail Fish Scuba’s intrepid staff guides patrons across the sapphire waters of Key Largo’s natural reefs and leaps into the water with them from the sun-soaked decks of a fleet of boats. On the guided snorkeling tour, staffers splash into Key Largo’s warm waters along with guests to highlight the reef’s colorful depths and lively fauna. Sea plants wave in gentle currents and sunken wreckage flaunts seaweed-draped history as guests propel themselves along the shimmering surface with flippered feet. Throughout the tour, guides snap approximately 100 digital souvenir photos above and beneath the water, allowing patrons to remember meetings with famous fish long after autographs wash away.
The passionate wildlife guides at Tours in the Glades usher nature-starved sightseers into the lush wetlands and past the stunning marine wildlife of the Everglades. Captivating facts about the Everglades’ ecological and cultural significance abound, as do anecdotes about some of the birds and reptiles that call the wetlands home. All tours include the proper gear for watery odysseys and transportation into the park, thereby obviating the need to hitch rides on the backs of water-walking lizards.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
CrossFit Kratos's gym bustles with the high-intensity interval training regimens of CrossFit classes, which aim to enhance total-body strength and abet weight loss with functional movements in varying routines. Each session challenges patrons with rigorous workouts—which can be adjusted to suit any fitness level—motivating them toward the ultimate goals of increased endurance, stamina, strength, and agility. The expert instructors guide participants through lunges, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-presses in workout sequences that involve every muscle of the body, including the orbicularis oculi for enhanced winking. Instructors ease new members into the program with a series of three or four introductory lessons included in the membership, during which they will introduce clients to CrossFit's fundamental movements and a typical class’s flow.
Kettle bells swing, tires flip, and punching bags send back witty retorts in the American Tactical Fitness gym. The owner and head coach here is Luis Rodriguez, a retired police detective who has earned a slew of commendations and awards in his career. Rodriguez designs the workouts at American Tactical Fitness, incorporating cross training and kickboxing exercises as well as functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. All workouts are scalable, so they're appropriate for clients of all skill and fitness levels, plus they're short. Each one is only 45 minutes long—"because we understand you have a family, career, and job to get to."