Comprised of dieticians, physiologists, and personal trainers, the fit staff members at LifeStyle Wellness all share the same belief: prevention is the best medicine. That's why they anchor their philosophy on the benefits of regular exercise, pairing their expert nutritional counseling with yoga, Pilates, and group fitness classes. The well-roundedness of this approach is evidenced in fitness expert Laura Acosta's Living Lean program, an eight-week class exclusive to LifeStyle that combines customized meal plans with personal training and group support. By eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach to any of their programs, LifeStyle's staff members are able to provide personalized attention and custom-made programs for every client. Additionally, each group fitness class is capped at about five students to ensure instructors bestow each pupil with individualized tips and a pair of monogrammed workout socks.
Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.
The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.
A fitness center designed exclusively for women, Curves puts members through a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and help to relieve arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use each member's body weight, fitness level, and water bottle's horoscope to create an appropriate level of resistance, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
During Zephrin Augustine’s more than 10 years as a coach and athlete, he earned an array of nicknames that ranged from St. Augustine to Whomp Whomp. The most appropriate name for Augustine nowadays, however, is CEO. As the founder and head of Next Level Sports & Fitness, he draws on his strong fitness background—which includes a college football career at the University of Florida—to whip bodies into shape, aided by certified personal trainer Dimetress Barnwell. The duo specializes in boot-camp-style workouts, whose ever-changing cocktails of cardio, strength, and plyometric moves banish boredom more effectively than workouts that end with a fun fact about sweat. Held outside when weather permits, their dynamic fitness regimens melt away excess weight and tone physiques, enhancing the abilities of exercise newbies and decorated athletes alike.
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center strengthens bone abodes with muscle-molding Zumba classes. Zumba combines heart-pounding Latin music and simple dance moves into one muscle-sculpting workout that taunts fat with resistance training and lipid-based insults. Burn calories and tone bodies, all while strutting to oscillating and rousing rhythms. Cardio cavorters can attend classes with wee ones in tow, as childcare is available at no extra charge.
Hip Moves' instructors lead cadres of muscle masons through energizing dance and fitness classes designed to build the core and stretch physiques. Navel neophytes can carve a sleeker shadow with a Belly-Dance Technique and Abs class, in which students learn basic shimmies and eject loose lint from tummy trenches, finishing the class with a bout of abdominal strengthening ($10/class). Squeeze in an hour's worth of warrior posing and Darth Vader-breathing during the Lunchtime Yoga class, or marry flexibility, core strength, posture, and brief meditation in a plural union during a yoga/Pilates mix class ($10/class). Hoop Dance & Fitness channels Pluto's orbit and Dante's circular afterlife for a sinew-building workout that incorporates exercise, technicality, and personal expression ($12/class). Consult the schedule for precise dates and times.