Inside Bikram Yoga Falls's heated practice space, students of all experience levels bend and stretch through Bikram yoga's 26 postures for a challenging yet stress-relieving workout. During the 90-minute classes, instructors lead up to 50 students through a regimented series of poses paired with two pranayama breathing exercises. The classes are designed to increase strength and flexibility while decreasing the body's tension level, clearing the mind of stressful events such as catching the family dog reading your diary. The routine is performed in a studio heated to temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark, coaxing muscles to sink deeper into stretches and ousting the body's toxins through sweat.
Proudly family owned and managed, Miami Strength and Fitness Club is a full-service fitness facility equipped with the latest in exercise equipment. The diverse staff—armed with years of experience in different fitness pursuits—provides clients with knowledge and helpful insights into workouts.
Jennifer Edward, of JustLiveJen Fitness, has developed a boot-camp class that goes beyond the traditional interval training, incorporating mixed martial arts, kick boxing, and lifting into one high-intensity hour. The boot camp, offered three days a week at Stratiform Fitness, complements cardio workouts in the gym’s cardio theater. The 10,000-square-foot facility also holds strength-training equipment and enough dumbbells to weigh down a very large piece of paper.
The trainers at Sledge CrossFit do a lot for their clients: they give them the knowledge, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to dive into CrossFit’s full-tilt, functional workouts. But although trainers are always there with a guiding hand, final responsibility ultimately rests with the client. Coach Alexis Barraza, certified by USA Weightlifting, cultivates a culture of personal responsibility and camaraderie as members bang out brutal daily workouts in a spartan space lined with truck tires, medicine balls, and monkey bars. Barazza also oversees the gym’s powerlifting program, which can prep students for local and state competitions all the way up to the global level, where they try to unseat reigning champion Atlas.
At WMB Training Center, instructors help students achieve a mastery of both traditional and modern martial arts. Classes delve into ancient practices such as muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as more modern approaches such as submission grappling and mixed martial arts. In the gym, students can roll and grapple on bright blue and red mats, or bolster their strength with a quick free weight workout. All training is led by an impressive staff of fighters including a national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, MMA pros, judo black belts, and the only man to successfully tickle Chuck Norris.
South Florida may lack for large mountain ranges, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go climbing. X-treme Rock Climbing in Miami is a full-service rock-climbing center, stocked inside its warehouse-like space with some 14,000 square feet of climbable surfaces. The routes on the walls change frequently, so guests can always have a new challenge ahead of them. Private and group classes are available at all levels, though beginners are always taken through an introductory class that teaches belaying, knot tying and basic climbing techniques. The center also includes an additional 7,000 square feet for yoga and a full-service fitness center, and daily equipment rental options mean the fitness-forward set has no excuse not to give the emerging sport a shot.