Forrest Pilates's full-service staff looks after patrons' holistic well being with Pilates workouts, yoga classes, PowerPlate sessions, prenatal classes, massage, and theta healing sessions. Studio owner, certified instructor, and medical intuitive Maria Forrest began practicing Pilates while pregnant with her daughter, discovering that the strengthening classes prepared her body and mind for the rigors of labor and new motherhood.
Now in her own studio outfitted with specialized Pilates equipment and a serene practice space, Maria helps clients of all ages and experience levels to achieve their personal health and wellness goals with a cornucopia of sessions, from kids yoga classes to private Pilates sessions for advanced-level adults. After class, clients can relax with a warm cup of herbal tea and a hug from their abdominal muscles, still hot from their workout.
Alexander Da Silvia, licensed physical therapist and president of Miami Flexibility Trainers, believes advanced kinesiology principles and rehabilitation principles can be combined to help prevent injury and recover after strain. With his staff of chiropractors and osteopathic doctors, he keeps NFL, MLB, and NHL athletes in tip-top shape with specialty stretching services. At the Miami Flexibility Trainers center, athletes and non-athletes alike lie back and relax on tables for active-stretching sessions that optimize joints, increase agility, and decrease chronic pain. A friendly, laid-back atmosphere pervades the center, but the professional stretching methods bring tangible results, especially at hop-scotch tournaments.
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.
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 inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When it comes to getting fit, it’s no longer about the big, anonymous box gym. These days, the latest fitness craze is one-on-one training, where the goal is to maximize the workouts and help participants achieve their fitness goals faster. Peak Physique & Performance provides exactly that in their personal training space and in their group training studio – just don’t expect to come and lounge around. There are no chairs inside Peak Physique, just two stools and a lot of gear to train with. The small, certified staff use various cardio and strength training machines, free weights, resistance tubes and medicine balls to craft body parts to their maximum potential. Other than that, there’s a small changing room and showers, and a bunch of dedicated fitness folks inside, sweating and working hard.