The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
During the six-week outdoor training camp from Maximum Results, a certified strength and conditioning specialist guides a team of fitness fanatics through one-hour classes to rev up the heart, tone muscles, and shed weight. The trainer also places emphasis on nutritional guidance to help aimless appetites navigate a more robust diet. Body measurements are recorded at the beginning, middle, and end of camp to map body-fat emigration, muscular influx, and circulatory gerrymandering. Camps meet for convivial lung pumping Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Meadows Park.
Sunlight streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing Erin Haag, her troupe of Power Pilates–certified instructors, and small-group exercisers in light as they tone cores and build muscle on the black Reformer machines. Pilates of Palm Beach’s titular Pilates classes stay true to Joseph Pilates’s six foundational principles, including focusing on executing each exercise with complete muscular control, initiating movements from your core, and paying complete attention to the exercise and nothing else, not even the gorilla in the middle of the room. Instructors also complement the Pilates classes with more peaceful yoga classes.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.
Pilates Studio 1 presents a full curriculum of Pilates-based classes, including equipment classes and mat classes for beginner through advanced skill levels. To help its students further achieve their wellness goals, the facility also offers various therapeutic services, from craniosacral therapy to more common treatments, such as restorative massages.
Girls on The Run Palm Beach, a branch of the international organization that serves more than 80,000 third- to eighth-grade girls across more than 190 cities, inspires gals with innovative programs designed to build their self-confidence and foster a healthy lifestyle, culminating in a 5K running event. Trained female coaches lead a 24-lesson curriculum, which encourages adolescents to examine their personal values, teaches them importance of team building and supporting others, and motivates them to make meaningful contributions to their communities. While girls work through these valuable life lessons, the coaches guide them through training to complete a 5K race, instilling their young minds with a sense of accomplishment and proving that anything is possible with the right attitude or with a jet pack.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.