Jorge Perez is on a covert mission. At least, that's how he has constructed BluePrint Training's mission statement, which makes a great claim in the form of fine print: "If you have a pulse, you are an athlete." Jorge and his team of expert coaches act on this assertion by leading all-inclusive, high-intensity workouts that scale to each student's current fitness level and ultimate goals, whether they want to shed a few pounds, develop defined six-pack abs, or shatter an enemy's windshield with a single penny.
The team's CrossFit and Boot Camp regimens both involve an ever-mutating series of exercises designed to hone the body's performance in ten domains of fitness. CrossFit classes can include heavy lifting, whereas Boot Camp sessions focus on unpredictable cardio work with lighter free weights.
Boasting a resume that lists a degree in health promotions, a stint as a successful college athlete, and experience as a fitness coach, Manning Sumner launched LegacyFit for athletes and average citizens alike to get in shape and stay in shape. To Sumner, fitness is more than something one works toward for one to three days a week at a gym—to him, fitness is a lifestyle. He centers this integrative approach to wellness around the bond between student and trainer, which he believes cultivates an environment of trust, accountability, and camaraderie.
In addition to stocking standard weight-lifting equipment, Sumner outfits his facility with an indoor turf field to get professional NFL players and world-class Leap Frog champions in shape working on softer ground. Colorful climbing nets spread out from the ceiling and hefty battle ropes lie coiled, ready to be whipped around in muscle-building exercises.
The certified trainers at CrossFit Wynwood lead students in brawn-building sessions that safely develop form and technique in CrossFit's versatile blend of lifting and calisthenics. To strengthen and condition blossoming muscle bouquets, one-hour classes incorporate ever-changing routines such as lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, and climbing ropes. The spartan space prioritizes athletics over aesthetics, letting instructors focus on helping clients achieve goals that range from bulking up to improving overall fitness to simply appreciating how all dumbbells originate as dinosaur bones.
Athlete Ego Crossfit's team of instructors could mount a convincing mission to colonize a hostile planet. The staff comes from backgrounds that include the military, organized sports, martial arts, exercise science, nutrition, and firefighting. Together, they blend their varied experience into a hard-hitting Marine Corps–style boot camp and freestyle cross-training program designed to kick-start the performance of amateur, high-school, or professional athletes. Lessons take place in a no nonsense 14,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor facility stocked with Olympic weights, kettlebells, climbing ropes, sandbags, rings, and weight sleds. To fine-tune athletes, the crew supplements sports performance training with nutritional advice.
The voices of certified personal trainers Zach Marcy and Alex Villegas boom across their fitness studio and outdoor parking lots, driving students through the high-intensity exercises of boot-camp classes throughout the week. Drawing from years of personal-training experience, the pair leads imaginative workouts that aim to hurdle students over weight-loss plateaus, adjusting movements to accommodate each student's level of fitness. In addition to workouts, trainers provide students with a fitness- and body-fat assessment. Clients can also attend Synergize Boot Camp’s bimonthly fitness seminars.
Dariel Baez and Lady Lamas have spent the last decade immersed in the health and wellness world. At Body Image Coral Gables, they hope to pass along the expertise by offering fitness classes that focus on weights, the TRX suspension system, and cardiovascular conditioning. The also dispense nutritional guidance for the appropriate amount of protein, fat, and carbs for each client or client’s pet guinea pig.
For 10 years, the instructors and trainers at Gables Fitness have help clients achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. Now the workout institution has reopened its doors as Red Zone Fitness, where clients choose their workout duration, even in group classes. With 30-minute one-on-one or group personal-training sessions or 40- to 50-minute group fitness classes, the fitness studio follows the FITT principle: Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type. Sessions depend on various factors that include strength aerobics, performance goal focus, exercise biomechanics, and effort. Experienced instructors lead students through group fitness classes that include spinning and Red Zone training, a group class for women that provides a heart-rate-monitored, full-body workout and strengthens the cardiovascular system in just 40 minutes.