After the birth of her second daughter, Kimberly Palacio turned to barre fitness as a means to reclaim her prepregnancy physique. The regimen's impressive results prompted her to earn her own certification as a barre instructor, and to open The Barre Studio, where clients of all ages, fitness levels, and penchants for collecting leotards benefit from individualized barre training. The studio's intimate boutique atmosphere complements its teachers' devotion to each student's form, which has prompted Atlantic Ave magazine to note that during her group classes, Kimberly "is watching out for you as much as a personal trainer would." As guests stretch through the barre technique's mix of ballet moves, orthopedic stretches, yoga poses and Pilates core work, instructors constantly adjust alignment and posture to ensure safety.
In addition to barre courses, the studio also holds fat-burning TRX-Kickboxing workouts, which can burn up to 800 calories in 45 minutes. Dance classes cover ballet, while children's ballet hone youngsters' sense of rhythm and love of parachute pants.
Bikram Yoga Delray Beach's instructors coach students of all skill levels through a sequence of physically demanding yoga poses that can improve stamina and promote healthy organ function. Yogis lead each session from atop a small raised platform at the front of the mirror-lined room, where they motivate students with encouraging words and choreographed cheers. Each 90-minute class, like a fire-eaters' convention, meets in an intensely heated space and consists of two calming breathing exercises and 26 postures. Students transition between standing bends, seated stretches, and reclining naps during each session, methodically working muscle groups across the entire body while flooding cells with torrents of freshly oxygenated blood. While pupils stretch and bend, instructors carefully monitor each student's form while doling out a steady stream of verbal instructions and experimental knock-knock jokes.
A multi-faceted gym and innovative training facility, The Gym 111 offers all that you'd expect from a gym, including treadmills, free weights, fitness studios, and classes designed to improve everything from your golf swing to your overall quality of life. However, its features expand far beyond basic exercise, starting with its impressive staff members who each possess a bachelor’s degree and national personal-training certification. Despite their comparable credentials, trainers Errol, Bill, Ashley, Brandon, and Jay are hardly interchangeable. For instance, tennis professional Brandon leads the gym’s sport-specific and functional clinics, helping clients improve everything from their tennis serve to their overall fitness.
Since not every gym member has a sports-related goal in mind, The Gym 111 also offers personal training and a full schedule of original group fitness classes designed to improve both cardio and strength training amid a fun and supportive environment.
Dirt Fitness owner Kelli Musa designed the signature workout at Dirt, which has been mentioned by outlets such as the Palm Beach Post, the Boca Raton Observer, and NBC 6. Fusing elements of cardio and strength training, the 40-minute Dirty 40 sessions gather groups of students to burn up to 700 calories, which is equivalent to a hamburger's entire weekly income. Instructors also lead Vinyasa yoga classes, isometric barre fitness classes, and Hot Barre classes in a 90-degree room. Certified trainers even supervise open-gym sessions, allowing students to pursue extracurricular fitness on their own. Dirt Fitness recently expanded with the opening of it newest location in Boca Raton which features an 8000 sq. ft. fitness studio.
Unlike traditional gyms that take a laissez-faire approach to fitness, letting clients fumble through their own workouts, Orangetheory leads exercisers in innovative personal group-training sessions that run through four distinct steps. Inside the warm, citrus glow of each facility, dozens of treadmills, rowing machines, free-weight sets, and Trx suspension systems await the next interval changeover. Music sends electric currents of energy through the atmosphere as patrons sweat out calories, and personal trainers patrol the aisles, giving pointers for touching up form and blinking out motivational words in Morse code. Clients keep an eye on their heart-rate readouts to ensure they're in the peak range for burning fat and building muscle. After an hour?during which guests complete a 10- to 30-minute interval at each of the four stations?the "orange effect" sets in and jump-starts metabolisms, possibly for days after the workout has ended.
Orangetheory Fitness has been highlighted in the New York Times for its seminal workout plan, which was designed by Florida fitness expert Ellen Latham to help people to turn their workout plateaus into springboards. With more than 50 classes per week at each location, members can capitalize on the gym's personal-training vibe and stimulating group setting at their leisure.
Keith Fox's love for yoga is inspiringly contagious. Calling upon more than 500 hours spent earning his Experienced Professional Level Yoga Alliance Teacher title, he has amassed a student following at multiple studio locations. Press sources such as Atlantic Ave magazine and the Sun Sentinel have highlighted his dedication to the practice after observing his popular live-music classes at the Colony Hotel. His wife, Kelly, also teaches yoga, and his teenage daughter, Ally—a yoga devotee since age 3—leads seminars for children. Keith's reach even extends to the shores of Costa Rica. He travels there to lead intensive yoga workshops for underprivileged populations, who can receive the art's calming effects through his and Kelly's nonprofit, the MahaShakti Foundation.
At YogaFox, Keith's classes focus on his own brand of empowerment yoga, which syncs Vinyasa-style poses and breathing patterns to access self-awareness. He hopes that his pupils can carry the inner balance that they achieve over to everyday living, channeling yoga's mental centering techniques to get through stressful days assembling penny-farthing bells at the farthing factory.