With professional experience in jazz, ballet, and modern dance, Jacqueline Valdez could have gone off to audition for Broadway musicals. Instead, she pursued pole dancing. Backed by accolades that include a finals appearance at the Florida Pole Fitness Championship, and as a creator of the ballet-infused Infusion Remax and Vertical Arabesque classes, Jacqueline now shares her passion for pole dancing?as well as Pilates, burlesque, and other forms of dance-based fitness?at her all-women's dance and fitness studio, Elegant Body Pilates with Jacqueline Valdez.
Understanding that dance and fitness are as much about gaining self-esteem as losing weight, Jacqueline maintains small class sizes so that she can give clients personal attention and maintain a safe, supportive atmosphere. In addition to classes and workshops, Jacqueline organizes pole-dancing and burlesque parties designed for all manner of celebrations, from bachelorette parties to Supreme Court swearing-ins.
Axis Training Studio helps its members build strong, healthy bodies through small-group and one-on-one fitness training based on scientific methods, as well as comprehensive orthopedic screenings and measurements. The gym's team of accomplished athletes and coaches draw from a wide range of specialized training to help clients crush their personal goals, from orthopedic exercise techniques to kinesiology to strength training. Students strengthen targeted muscle groups and burn fat through private or semi-private training sessions and personalized nutrition plans and prevent injury with soothing massages and protective Kinesio taping. And sessions can be scheduled with ease through the Axis Training Studio mobile app, online, or through semaphore.
After the lecture-based portion of a class, Real Combative Solutions' instructors and students travel to local ranges for live-fire practice.
Students may rent firearms at the range or use their own.
Real Combative Solutions' founder John Steed Ashley is an expert when it comes to personal protection. He has well over a decade of experience in martial arts, executive protection, and corrections and law enforcement?not to mention numerous instructor certifications. All of that comes into play during Real Combative Solutions' classes, which cover topics such as firearm safety or hand-to-hand defense.
Adam Mindick, the founder of Fitness Driven Results, isn't a drill sergeant. Instead, during his outdoor fitness classes, he relies on open feedback and encourages teamwork and camaraderie to help his exercisers achieve their fitness goals. Groups meet at local parks, and on any given day, they may be asked to lift kegs, slam sledgehammers against tires, or engage in body-weight exercise. But some people work best in a one-on-one setting, so Adam also schedules personal-training sessions at Fit for Life or at customers' homes. Class are ideal for all ages and fitness levels.
The Gainesville Rock Gym staff cultivates years of international climbing experience as they shepherd visitors up the sheer faces and overhangs of their spacious gym. The facility's array of classes instruct single or small groups on all aspects of cliff facing, from anchor setting to lead climbing to yodeling SOS distress calls. Instructors help trainees hone teamwork and technique on special retreats or boost range of motion and flexibility during challenging workout sessions. To lift the sport to even greater heights, Gainesville Rock Gym also sponsors the UF Climbing Team, which placed second in the nation two years in a row.
In 2011, four University of Florida graduates came upon a revolutionary idea for physical fitness: a mobile app. As such, PeerFit integrates Twitter, Facebook, and most other cybernetic interfaces to give its clients the ability to send themselves workout reminders via text, schedule gym sessions, and search for exercise classes by location. The social aspect of the program also lets fitness enthusiasts peruse class and instructor reviews?and write their own. This digital network keeps clients abreast of the goings on at their local gym, and can make them one of the first to know when a new gym starts offering their favorite class.