The master yogis at Yoga Dynamics propel their disciples toward physical fitness and spiritual enlightenment with a schedule of yoga classes and TRX suspension-training workouts. More than 12 weekly sessions explore the Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa traditions, all of which provide a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knickknacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. In addition to sharing personalized tips with students of all skill levels, Hatha teachers modify poses to help beginners develop strong muscles and proper form. Flexible Strength workouts build lithe bodies with asanas that stretch and tone the sinews, while OM Gym Yoga’s TRX suspension straps bolster core muscles to improve posture and balance. Vinyasa classes flow from pose to pose with more grace than a swan driving a zamboni, fostering flexibility and sending strength and cardiovascular endurance soaring as the instructor shares mind-focusing exercises and words of encouragement during practice and answers questions before and after each class.
Crave Fitness's founder, Yaniv Rosenberg, applies a lifelong enthusiasm for fitness and martial arts to boot camp, Krav maga, kickboxing, and jiujitsu classes for all ages and ability levels. During boot-camp classes based on training regimens from the U.S. military and Israeli Defense Force, experienced instructors wring every ounce of effort from students of all skill levels, fueling the all-out workouts with words of encouragement and regular trips through a rift in the time-space continuum to get glimpses of their svelte future selves. Sessions change on a daily basis to test muscles with a combination of cardiovascular exercises, abdominal work, agility drills, obstacle-course challenges, and blindfolded Sudoku puzzles.
The coaches at Athletes Edge are dedicated to creating top-performing sportsmen and women. Just ask former UFC light-heavyweight champion "Suga" Rashad Evans, who benefitted from the company's rigorous mixed-martial-arts training program. They also help college prospects prepare for the NFL combine, and specialize in sports ranging from baseball, basketball, and soccer, to volleyball and tennis. The crew focuses on enhancing each adult’s or child's capacity for speed, agility, strength, and overall performance in a fun, sports-oriented environment. The classes are designed for all types of people with varying fitness goals.
Director of training Jeff Sanders, a certified strength-and-conditioning and performance-enhancement specialist, worked with several influential NFL coaches when he trained the Baltimore Ravens beginning in 2001. Sanders also gained clinical-rehabilitation and gait-training experience while working in the inpatient post-op division of Shands hospital. He and his team train athletes in the brand-new, 62,000-square-foot Fernandez Family Center and the two adjacent football and soccer fields on the Saint Thomas University campus in North Miami.
The martial-arts masters at Elite Force Martial Arts help kids and adults employ practical self-defense tactics while shedding calories. Through a lineup of muay thai, Israeli self-defense, and kickboxing classes, instructors foster an upbeat environment as they guide students through rigorous 45-minute sessions in a variety of styles, each designed to boost confidence and strengthen limbs.
The founder of Body Manors and an AFAA-certified trainer, Andrew LaRochelle packed his metaphorical suitcase with New England enthusiasm and kinesthetic authority when he moved to South Florida to lead group fitness classes at Body Manors. He specializes in teaching core-toning yoga for beginners and advanced practitioners, and also promotes the roasting of calories during cardio kickboxing and dance aerobics based on moves from salsa, hip hop, and “there’s a bat in this room.” Before opening Body Manors, Andrew trained his brain at the University of North Florida and UMass Boston, where he earned a master’s degree in public affairs. The minimalist studio in which Andrew plies his trade showcases a white interior bathed in natural light, which shines through picture windows onto hardwood floors.