At Animus CrossFit/Corporal CrossFit, students of every skill level, age, and body type can take control of their health with the help of encouraging coaches. The team of qualified trainers draw on intense training experiences in their own lives, such as strength coach and author Carlos Arias's service in the USMC special forces, his wife Jenny's background as a gymnast, or coach Dayron Castaneda's career in collegiate football. The team prides itself on providing one-on-one training and keeping classes small: staff lead premium CrossFit with 1:8 teacher/student ratios, avoiding the overcrowded classes, lack of equipment, and gym-clothes sharing seen in traditional programs. And indoor-outdoor bootcamp classes take advantage of sunny Miami days while avoiding wet ones by training indoors on grass turf or rubber flooring. The small, 16-person classes tailor exercise individually according to skill level and keep things interesting with a combination of gymnastics and running using balls and ropes.
Students shed pounds and tone muscles in programs that are built on proper nutrition and individual, scalable workout routines. Whether pupils are burning fat and building endurance with cardio routines and kettlebells, boosting strength with weightlifting, or refining their running techniques with pose running, coaches work closely with students to help them push past obstacles and reach health goals.
Commando Athletics is more than just an intense name; founder Carlos Arias was actually in the military. But while deployed on a Special-Ops mission in Iraq, his helicopter crashed, leading to years of severe back pain. Luckily, he was able to recover after two years of rigorous core training.
At Commando, he imparts the same discipline and routines that helped improve his health. Class sizes are kept small, resulting in individualized attention to students sweating their way through bootcamp sessions with kettlebells, resistance bands, and basic gymnastics. Pupils can sign up for a variety of programs to suit their respective skill levels, including a marine martial arts class taught by a man-sized G.I. Joe.
At HybridFitness, a trainer works with clients in either group or one-on-one settings, devising workouts to efficiently burn fat and build muscle. Exercises are tailored to each client's goals and problem areas, in an effort to rapidly transform bodies.
Rafael Moret helps his clients to see dramatic changes in their bodies through furious 45-minute workouts that challenge their strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Classes capped at 20 students incorporate TRX rowing motions, fierce mountain-climber kicks, and plank positions designed to build rock-hard cores. Students stay motivated thanks to the support of their peers, squeezing out sets of pushups and squats in unison. Rafael helps to streamline success with detailed nutritional counseling and access to products such as protein bread, made from natural yeast and lumberjack tears.
An epicenter of fitness, CrossFit Miami Lakes puts clients first. That means offering more than 60 classes every week in their 14,000 square-foot RhinoCo CrossFit center. It means an elite coaching staff to teach proper CrossFit technique during an introductory week of fundamentals to help new members acclimate to CrossFit's functional and fun exercises. Sixty designated parking spaces ensures you don't have to risk intimidating nearby pedestrians with your improved physique, while an onsite Reebok and NutriForce Sports retail store keeps you equipped in top-notch gear.
The instructors at West Pines Athletic Club take personal stock in motivating their clients to reach their fitness goals. In addition to spotting power lifters in the weight-training area and doling out pointers on the spinning floor, they lead a diverse list of group fitness classes, from self-defense to hot yoga to CrossFit. In Wing Tsun classes, they teach guests to defend themselves by using their opponents’ force against them, while shouting one-liners such as "I'm rubber and you're glue! Everything you say to me bounces off and sticks to you!" The professional CrossFit trainers inspire students to break a sweat in CrossFit classes, in which they hurl medicine balls, heave kettlebells, and lift weights toward fitter bodies. As parents and guardians work out, they can rest assured that their youngsters are busy playing with blocks and games instead of 50-pound weights in the kids' club, for an extra $10 per month. The Organic Blends smoothie bar serves up freshly squeezed juices, organic smoothies, and healthy wraps to help athletes recharge.