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.
Pompano Fitness’ 33,000-square foot fitness center encompasses everything members need to complete a challenging workout—from Hammer Strength machines to free weights, elliptical machines, and Stair Masters. Certified group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga, circuit training, and Zumba, and clients will find they don’t have to wait long, if ever, for machines, since there’s a dizzying fleet of treadmills and bikes lined up in rows. A staff of certified personal trainers offers customized workouts and nutritional counseling to members, answering fitness questions and counting abs au gratis on the floor as well.
Certified trainers Charley and Nat aren't fans of the typical big-box gym experience. They have their reasons: gyms are crowded, people don't wipe down machines after they're done, and the actual results of workouts can vary wildly. Another, more compelling reason is that they've simply found something better. It's called CrossFit, and it works.
Inspired by CrossFit's focus on functional strength, Charley and Nat opened CrossFit Navigate and began turning others on to the workouts. In each punishing session, they combine exercises such as squats, rope climbs, and tractor tosses to work out every major muscle group. They scale these exercises to challenge virtually any fitness level, from beginner to expert.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker and Rachel Batista who lead students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.
Inspired by the design of an Indian temple—replete with vibrant fabrics dangling from the ceiling—Anuttara Yoga had no trouble catching the attention of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, which hailed it as the Best Yoga Studio of 2012. The space recently underwent an expansion to encompass nearly 8,000 square feet, including two 1,600-square-foot yoga rooms.
The Kula Room, with its spacious floor plan and minimal decor, stays at a balmy 85 degrees during nonheated classes such as yoga barre. The dimly lit Grand Tapas Hall, however, facilitates deeper stretching with a thermostat set to a sweat-inducing 95 degrees. This higher temperature loosens muscles, expels toxins, and thaws ancestors preserved in ice during 90-minute hot-yoga classes. New class offerings, to go along with the studio's recent expansion, include suspension yoga and chakra spinning.
When they aren’t teaching yoga classes, the studio’s 15 certified instructors pass on their knowledge to apprentices in training rooms and a well-stocked library. Other amenities include spa-like bathrooms with showers and a boutique area lined with yoga accessories and apparel.
When the sun is shining and the air is warm, you can spot coaches Steven and Gaby, a 2013 CrossFit Games Winner, leading energetic CrossFit classes at local beaches and parks. On weekdays, classes take place in an intimate studio packed with weights and functional equipment. Using kettlebells, medicine balls, and body weight as their tools, the coaches guide students through creative workouts designed to build muscle, speed, and endurance. They frequently draw exercises from gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting to create their diverse workouts. The staff strives to build a supportive community in the gym, providing students with constant motivation and graciously accepting even the ugliest of hand-knit gym socks as gifts.