Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
Colorful graffiti murals cover the walls of CrossFit Homestead’s large cargo-garage fitness studio. The murals reflect CrossFit’s gritty workouts of the day, which require exercisers to complete a hodgepodge of plyometric exercises, muscle isolation, body movements, and light weight exercises as quickly and intensely as possible.
Stretch Zone mixes up humdrum fitness regimes with a new type of workout, one that can enhance physical performance, muscle symmetry, and flexibility. It consists of table stretching—but not the kind that you're probably familiar with. By working with the autonomic nervous system, Stretch Zone practitioners take muscle extension to a whole new level. Atop their specially designed tables, comfortable straps systematically position, stabilize, and isolate the parts of the body that are not being stretched. This allows the stretched muscle—and the person on the table—to completely relax, extending further than the central nervous system would normally permit. Besides helping rejuvenate and invigorate the whole body, the sessions can also alleviate rheumatic pain for everyone from seniors to adults.
Kettle bells swing, tires flip, and punching bags send back witty retorts in the American Tactical Fitness gym. The owner and head coach here is Luis Rodriguez, a retired police detective who has earned a slew of commendations and awards in his career. Rodriguez designs the workouts at American Tactical Fitness, incorporating cross training and kickboxing exercises as well as functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. All workouts are scalable, so they're appropriate for clients of all skill and fitness levels, plus they're short. Each one is only 45 minutes long?"because we understand you have a family, career, and job to get to."
Specializing in adult and geriatric medicine, Dr. Tzewan Wong of Pinecrest Medical & Wellness Center oversees a range of services, all of which are completed or supervised by physicians. His center’s personalized diet programs help patients slim down, while acupuncture treatments address a variety of issues such as chronic pains or difficulties blending in at porcupine conventions. Other treatments include Radiesse wrinkle fillers and Juvèderm injectable gel, both of which help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, as well as laser hair-removal treatments and affordable labs, x-rays, and diagnostic testing.