University Bicycle Center stocks bicycles for every skill level, ranging from children's and adults' comfort bikes to performance road bikes. Pair Cannondale, Scott, or Electra brand cycles with Bell bike helmets and Canari jerseys. In addition to accessories such as lights, racks, pumps, and computers, cyclists can fix up their rides with individual parts, including tires and brakes.
Freestyle Muay Thai’s two-hour classes involve jogging, skipping rope, and conditioning exercises, and that’s just the warm-up. Trainers design the program to follow a true fighter’s regimen, which means classes also include heavy bag work, core work, conditioning drills, and muay thai kickboxing techniques. They hold classes for adults and kids, and also specialize in other programs such as cross-training, cardiovascular building, strength training, agility exercises, and plyometrics. Students in advanced levels can even try their hands at full sparring and competition kickboxing.
CrossFit Sparta's recipe for fitness includes equal parts intense cardio and forceful lifting. The results-minded instructors shout this recipe at students during CrossFit strength and conditioning classes that feature a workout of the day and CrossFight classes that combine martial arts, self-defense, and survival skills. Though the high-intensity workouts were designed to train military personnel and police, they can be customized to the individual fitness level of men and women alike. The ever-shifting exercise regime incorporates an array of conventional and creative workout tools, including free weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump boxes, and oversized tires from Paul Bunyan's childhood swing.
TITLE Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson, Tony Carbajo, and John Rotche. Hanson, Carbajo, and Rotche provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The Carrollwood and Brandon locations both boast dozens of 90-pound heavy bags built into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Drumrolls of punches and kicks resound from these inanimate foes as patrons burn calories and learn self-defense moves during hour-long boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide a safe haven for viewing merchandise.
Beyond what its name might suggest, Buttercup Pole Dance revels in all aspects of the hip-swiveling arts. Naturally, a highlight of the business is the pole-dance program, which is supervised by owner, competitive pole-dancer, and certified fitness instructor Sarah Jade. These classes are structured to accommodate all levels of pole-dance enthusiasts, from the uninitiated to the advanced—introductory sessions acquaint beginners with spins, transitions, and grip techniques, while four-week session classes are grouped by level to graduate students from basic routines to upside-down inversions.
For a more portable pastime, the center teams up with Michelle Garner, owner of Happy2BHooping LLC, who calls on her background in belly dancing and her Hoola-Fit trainer license to lead students through artistic and heart-pumping hula-hoop fitness routines. The center also brings out students’ inner vixens in sultry chair-dance and exotic-dance choreography, along with stimulating sweat glands and dancing shoes in Latin-inspired Zumba classes.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.