The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse?here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness?from power to cardiovascular endurance?through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete?a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Orlando Fit Body Bootcamp's trainers, Kerry Girona and Andrea Laing, both discovered a passion for sports at a young age and translated their hobbies into careers as fitness coaches fueled by the international Fit Body Bootcamp phenomenon. Each 30-minute boot-camp session coalesces cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility moves that together conduct the kinesthetic symphony of the entire body. Kerry and Andrea design a new workout for each class, detouring muscles away from the plateaus that often come with traditional workouts or glacial hiking trips to Antarctica. Workouts convene indoors, where fit-centric accouterments such as suspension trainers and battling ropes intensify workouts, and cushy foam floors keep joints happy and mute.
Along with classes, boot campers better bods with meal plans that can hasten exercise results by promoting internal fettle or by blueprinting a coup to unseat the Twinkie that controls the brain's cravings. With regular attendance, participants often note a slimmer physique highlighted by lean musculature.
The staff at Medi-Weightloss Clinics heartens seekers of healthy lifestyles with a medically supervised weight-loss program that roves over medical history before delving into a personalized package that's quick to increase metabolism and slim figures. The program, featured on the Today show, begins with a consultation administered by a team of physicians and sultry magicians' assistants who test vital signs, run EKGs, perform a body-fat analysis with Tanita scales, and conduct a complete physical exam. An online resource center arms health-seekers with weight-loss tools, recipes, and fitness advice, and the clinic's signature supplements, dietary products, and exercise tools ably complement the program. Custom diet plans created by a medical professional, vitamin shots, and motivational guidance round out the weight-loss package and are sometimes supplemented by cheetah cubs to chase you around the block.
Throughout the course of his 15-year practice, Dr. Rene Cruz, board-certified internal-medicine physician, has noticed a direct relationship between his patients' overall health and their weight. He and his staff of medical assistants create individualized weight-loss programs to relieve patients of excess weight and corresponding health issues, along with the help of a new collaboration with chef George Stella. These programs blend basic exercise regimens, food journals, and nutritional and medical counseling, with the added punch of FDA-approved appetite suppressants, multivitamins, and B12 injections. Dr. Cruz and his staff teach patients how important controlling environmental influences and understanding human physiology is to maintaining long-term weight loss, something England achieved by spending millions of pounds of sterling silver during the Hundred Years War.
HLC Lake Mary Spa’s quiet interiors and welcoming personnel envelop each client in a reassuring cocoon that blocks out the stressors of the outside world. The spa began as a compassionate center for weight loss and smoking cessation, soon adding high-tech spa treatments and noninvasive wellness procedures. Cream-colored walls and draped windows dress treatment rooms with an aura of home to help relax clients there for body-wide cosmetic boosts from LED teeth whitening to red-light skin therapy. Clients can feel confident in their therapists, each of whom is a licensed aesthetician trained in laser procedures. The clinic has also made the pages of Lake Mary Life magazine for its antiaging laser photo facial treatment.
Meet Nannette. She's a former professional ballroom competitor with a slew of competition wins under her belt, but that's not as important as what she'll do for you. Alongside her staff of similarly talented dancers, Nannette cultivates a fun, inclusive, and laid back atmosphere while helping students perfect their ballroom footwork with classes in popular styles such as swing, waltz, tango, and cha-cha. Men, women, and even children learn how to twist and spin at all of Nannette's six locations, where guests can get exercise, relieve stress, and meet new dance-savvy people while having fun. The studio also offers private lessons in clients' homes or in their favorite supermarket aisles.