Shula’s Athletic Club—named for Don Shula, the NFL Hall of Famer who coached the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl trophy in 1972—doesn’t find it hard to fill its sprawling 40,000 square feet of space. A cardio room with more than 50 pieces of equipment, a spinning center, weight rooms, fitness-class studios, and basketball courts spread through the facility, luring athletes for independent workouts and personal-training sessions. Dozens of weekly fitness classes range from calorie-burning Zumba workouts and Vinyasa-yoga sessions to spin classes that help students practice for the day they have pedal-powered cars.
The athletic club also accommodates older exercisers with aquatic aerobics and seated Silver Sneakers workouts, and it keeps kids busy with confidence-building youth sports programs. Young legs run over a new 60-yard athletic field or nine lighted tennis courts where kids whack tennis balls and low-flying hot-air balloons with rackets.
Dr. Nury Rodriguez knows that even a quick dentist appointment can turn into a complex affair for patients with kids. That’s why her office houses a video-game nook to keep children occupied while parents have a checkup. Meanwhile in an ocean-themed treatment room, seaweed seems to grow from the floor beneath a floor-to-ceiling mural of underwater life.
Whether she’s serving kids, adults, or adults in Dennis the Menace masks, Dr. Rodriguez relies on her extensive training from a university in Colombia and the University of Florida. She holds memberships to the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, South Florida District Dental Association, and the American Orthodontic Society. These credentials hint at her areas of expertise: preventative care, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, orthodontics, and dental implants.
For more than 25 years, the technicians of Crown Medical have had one mission: to banish unsightly varicose and spider veins with sclerotherapy injections. A consultation kicks off initial visits as a trained tech utilizes a computerized evaluation to determine vein size, shape, and Myers-Briggs personality type. Clients will also undergo a skin-color and allergy test before a sclerosant solution is injected into the unwanted vessels, causing them to permanently break down and fade over time. While they have fine-tuned their technique for abolishing veins for decades, the team at Crown Medical continues to develop and share their wealth of sclerotherapy knowledge through medical journals and perpetual training.
Madelaine Izquierdo, a board-certified physician's assistant, gently smoothes faces with Botox Cosmetic injections. After a complimentary consultation and skin analysis, Madelaine carefully injects Botox protein into forehead lines, pleats between eyes, or ruts created by adventuresome eyebrows' off-road vehicles. The treatment works to stop the subdermal muscle contractions that crinkle skin, smoothing the selected area for up to four months. The process creates minimal discomfort, with patients back on their feet in no time. Botox can also help prevent excessive sweating when injected into problematic areas such as armpits or a middle-school gym class.
Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.
As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.
The medically trained staff at NuConcept Clinics ensures each client gets their full attention. All of their beauty-bestowing treatments, such as Botox, lipotropic injections, and laser hair removal, are booked by appointment only. By setting aside time for each session, the staff is able to focus on clients without the interruption of last-minute walk-ins or invading British redcoats.
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