The certified personal trainers at Brevard's Premier Personal Training & Bootcamp are masters of motivation. They enthusiastically coach participants through private and group fitness classes, which start off with an active warm-up session to cultivate flexibility. Then, they turn weak sinews into chiseled muscles through a resistance-training regimen that includes weights and medicine balls.
Sky 1 Parasail's power boat departs from Banana River Park in Merritt Island, pulling behind it thrill-seeking patrons held aloft by a giant parachute. The outfit offers 300-foot, 500-foot, and 800-foot flights lasting up to 12 minutes, allowing up to three riders at a time to take in panoramic views of landmarks such as Space Coast and Cocoa Beach. All Captain's hold CPR and first aid certifications as well as a Coast Guard certified Master Captain's License - but participants need no special skills.
After yoga assuaged her chronic neck and back pain, Kim Bolinger was hooked. She decided to pay homage to the practice by opening a studio of her own. At Merritt Island Yoga, she introduces novices to yoga’s basic poses by breaking them down into simple steps while emphasizing proper breathing and alignment. The studio’s advanced classes move more quickly through Vinyasa sequences, focusing on flexibility, endurance, and fighting off killer mats disguised as regular mats. Despite the studio’s name, yoga is not its only offering—the diverse classes also cover belly dancing, tai chi, and chi gong, a 5,000-year-old practice focused on self-healing and meditative movements.
Bikram Yoga on the Island's founders, Suzanne and Joe Elliott, draw inspiration from their students' physical progress and development each week, ensuring that each session addresses the needs of first-day students, casual practitioners, and lifelong yogis. Ten years of experience fuel Suzanne and Joe's work as instructors, with each tapping his or her encyclopedic knowledge to guide pupils through two breathing exercises and 26 poses. Along with a staff of instructors, the two founders demonstrate and describe the proper execution of each posture with the authority of an Olympic Twister medalist.
As students fold and unfold limbs, each movement helps promote healthy organ function by pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout their entire bodies. Meanwhile, the studio's heating system helps them safely sink into each stretch and sweat out toxins by raising the temperature to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. After class, attendees can freshen up with the studio's indoor and outdoor shower facilities.
Intent on providing the Space Coast with a new and engaging fitness regimen designed for students of all body types and skill levels, Beach Pole Fitness combines cardio work with strength-building exercises into workouts that also bolster students' self-confidence. The instructors create a safe and supportive setting in every class as they teach visitors how to use the main practice room's eight platinum stage poles and monitor their own technique in the full-sized mirrors. Beginners' sessions cover the fundamental grips and holds that attendees will need before they can progress to the more advanced lessons in hopes of performing challenging tricks. Over time, these lessons can help students improve their flexibility, endurance, and coordination in addition to fostering a renewed sense of empowerment.
Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.