Built on the scientific foundations of whole-body vibration, the Power Plate at Power Fit Studios can grant bodies such benefits as improved muscle tone, increased circulation, and higher bone density. When combined with exercise and a reasonable amount of rocket fuel, sessions spent atop the platform can speed users’ fitness goals. The studio also supports clients' inner and outer well-being with more traditional approaches, including Zumba, burlesque, and chakra-meditation classes as well as a range of soothing spa services.
The 360 Energy in Motion teaching method goes beyond mere instruction. Each trainer creates a class atmosphere where all in attendance feel physically challenged and emotionally engaged with the workout and one another. The trainers hope to spread this feel-good vibe throughout their music-driven spin classes, Zumba dance-cardio workouts, Pilates routines, and yoga sessions. They hold each class within a facility boasting textured wood flooring, green earth tones, and bamboo-lined hallways where orb lights cast an incriminating light on sneaky pandas looking for a snack.
Channeling a background in dance, event planning, and fitness, Deanna Gonzalez knows how to make a workout feel like a party. She founded Miami Dance House as a way to synthesize the supportive atmosphere of exercise and the creative expression of a dance studio into a single venue. There, students banish calories and inhibitions with a curriculum of classes that caters to nearly any taste. Instructors of each class hope to build their students' rhythm and confidence—regardless of each person's experience level.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
From a raised platform, an energetic dancer calls out moves as he shimmies and shakes in time to the music that blares from surround-sound stereos. Lights strobe and flicker across the large studio, and guests follow along to the instructor’s dance moves—welcome to Powerumba dance fitness. In addition to Powerumba, the instructors also lead a variety of other classes including kickboxing, Pilates, and boot camps.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.