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.
FLA Aquatics owes its growth from a 65-member operation to the home of multiple state, national, and international champions to 2000 Olympic coach Duffy Dillon, who—as noted in the Sun Sentinel—was recently inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. Dillon has amassed an experienced staff of certified instructors who have passed a national level-two background screening, including head coaches with level-five certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association. The company's multiple locations offer programs for all ages, including very young children learning to safely enter the water, competitive high schoolers, and adults seeking to train for a triathlon or start a floatie-based fashion trend.
The neon yellow walls at Slash Fitness don't surround treadmills, bikes, or simple dumbbells. Instead, they shelter a spacious interior equipped with power blocks, kettlebells, medicine balls, and TRX trainers—primal workout gear that encourages exercisers to challenge their limits while seasoned instructors guide them through semi-private crucibles. Inspired by Combine360, this rigorous approach to fitness landed Slash Fitness an endorsement from workout-wear giant Under Armour. Each 45-minute class tests that company’s famed moisture-wicking prowess, summoning sweat while strengthening muscles, bolstering cardiovascular endurance, and burning fat. The gym’s instructors also change their exercises on a daily basis, preventing plateaus, boredom, and crippling bouts of workout déjà vu.
The fitness gurus at Ground Zero Fitness eschew the clammy confines of the gym for the wide-open turf of Seacrest Soccer Complex, where beginner and advanced athletes alike meet up to motivate each other through 60-minute boot camps. Clients hoist themselves toward the sky on pull up stations, roll tires across the field, perform floor exercises, and heft free weights at high-octane intervals that are broken up by shorts periods of rest. Those looking for more focused attention can opt for semiprivate or one-on-one sessions, which the instructors customize to suit the client’s specific goals.
Equipment: Rogue CrossFit equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towels, athletic clothes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: All skill- and experience-levels are welcome.