The Wellness Center's commitment to health extends to areas as diverse as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and group fitness classes. Under the guidance of a team of chiropractic doctors and acupuncturists, the staff combats muscle and joint pain, stress, and other health problems through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and 14 types of massages. Fitness programs, meanwhile, range from hatha yoga classes to outdoor boot-camp exercises that use tractor tires as fitness equipment, instead of traditional strength-training tools like dumbbells and industrial-size pickle jars.
Wrestling. Point fighting. Kickboxing. San Shou. Mixed Martial Arts. Name a combat sport, and chances are, Rich Galicia Wilson has competed in it—and won. A fourth-level black belt, Rich has amassed an impressive resume of belts, and bruises, over the years. His latest endeavor, Fight Team, taps into all that experience and shares it with others.
Rich and his team provide expert training for amateur and professional fighters. They also lead Fight Fitness, which offers cardio kickboxing classes for individuals looking to reap the benefits of a fighter's training regimen. During classes, students unleash fury on focus mitts, Thai pads, and speed bags. They even spar with partners, which is far more effective than tearfully swinging at a picture of an old, snarky gym teacher.
Though the result is always the same—a lean, fit body—Tampa VIP Training’s instructors use varied methods to achieve it. There’s boot camp, an aggressive way to burn calories and strengthen cardiovascular systems. Or there's cardio boxing, which sometimes shows up in boot camps but also stands alone as a powerful full-body workout. Personal-training sessions round out the fitness offerings, with custom-tailored routines that both motivate and challenge.
The certified personal trainers at Workout Time LLC help their clients reach peak physical condition during private and group training sessions. They design workouts best suited to each exerciser's fitness level and goals, combining cardio and strength training. Exercises incorporate a variety of equipment, such as free weights and stability balls.
The trainers at South Tampa Fit don't need machines or an overflowing member list to complete their mission. They prefer to conduct workouts with basic tools, favoring the floor over treadmills and kettlebell swings over fancy teakettle tilts. At the head of semiprivate and small-group programs, they remodel physiques according to their clients' goals. From the core-conditioning routines of boot camp to the Olympic weightlifts of Total Strength sessions, their exercise plans avoid monotony in pursuit of results.
Within Elite Gamespeed’s sprawling indoor and outdoor training facility, fitness newbies and professional athletes—including Tampa safety Cody Grimm—stretch, lift, and sprint through varied fitness regimes. Crash pads line a 55-yard-long indoor turf field, where certified boot-camp instructors command exercisers to run, jump, and lunge their way to trim physiques. For more sports-specific workouts, indoor and outdoor batting cages launch spheres at batters, and competitors can increase their speed, agility, and ability to escape quicksand in the outdoor sand pit, which primes legs for acceleration, deceleration, and fancy footwork. Specially designed kids' programs boost tykes' motor skills and coordination with sports scrimmages, relay races, and team-building exercises.
In addition to its motivating trainers, Elite Gamespeed also staffs licensed massage therapists to assuage aching muscles and physical therapists to rehabilitate injuries and damaged egos. After a challenging workout, patrons can unwind on plush couches in the center's spacious athlete's lounge stocked with a 60-inch TV and PlayStation 3.
At Boot Camp With A Cause, classes don't just focus on the physical. Five key elements—mindset, nutrition, supplementation, strength training, and cardio conditioning—inform the programs at the workout haven. This holistic approach helps members adjust their perspective on health as they lose pounds and tone limbs to resemble their favorite Greek statues. The fitness center also focuses on the community, regularly donating to local charities and holding occasional free Saturday boot camps in which students bring blankets, food, and clothing for those in need.