The stylists at Magic Beauty Hair Spa Dance have to be especially mindful when applying hair extensions—there's always a chance that their clients will test them by twirling in the next room. That's because the combination salon and studio complements its cosmetic treatments with cardio-dance workouts. The dual approach bolsters confidence on two levels, flattering physiques with spa services and melting calories with upbeat Zumba, ballroom, and belly-dancing classes. From expert hair colorists to seasoned dance instructors, each staff member brings his or her expertise to bear on the health and beauty menu. The versatile venue also rents out its reception hall for occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and independent workshops.
Delray Fitness Health Club equips members with all the tools they need to chisel their physiques, including free weights, cardiovascular machines, and strength-training equipment. Visitors can swig liquid nourishment at the juice bar before they run on treadmills, hoist dumbbells, ride upright bikes, or join a pickup game on the basketball court. Following the lead of an energetic fitness instructor, exercisers sweat side-by-side during group fitness classes such as Zumba, power yoga, and cardio karate. The gym’s amenities also include locker rooms, showers, and a childcare area.
The Xtend Barre workout was born when choreographer Andrea Rogers decided to add music and dance to the Pilates classes she was teaching. Something about that combination—the core strength built by Pilates and the flexibility developed by dance—struck a chord, and the workout took off. Studios across the country started teaching the technique, and Rogers began entrusting others to pass along its principles—people like studio owner Stacie Willhite-Mauro of Xtend Barre Delray Beach and her fellow instructors. Together these experts teach the basics of the ballet-barre workout, as well as variations including Xtend Barre Stick (the regular workout with a Pilates Stick mixed in for extra resistance) and Barrecamp (an intense, cardio-heavy form). The studio is supremely family-friendly: not only are there Mommy and Me versions of both barre and Pilates Mat classes, but childcare sessions are available.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista who lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
The team at Inception Exclusive Athletic Studio treats taking care of one’s body as a lifestyle. They believe that working out and eating healthy “is a 24/7 job” with no “stopping or starting . . . only doing.” To that end, they help patrons achieve this lifestyle through group classes that incorporate RealRyder stationary bicycles, Vertimax sports-training drills, and yoga-and-dance techniques. Small classes of up to 10 enable instructors to tailor workouts to each participant’s needs, and professional equipment, such as kettlebells and TRX bands, give exercisers an opportunity to heighten their workouts.
Focusing on intense, personalized exercise regimens, 'W'arehouse's team of certified health professionals tailors programs to suit a wide range of fitness ambitions. Upon joining, members are given an evaluation, gauging muscular endurance, body fat, flexibility, and the ability to whistle "Chariots of Fire." A customized regimen of weight training, cardio training, and fitness classes is then bestowed upon the fitness neophyte and carried through in a variety of small-group sessions–usually involving five people or fewer–held throughout the week.