Sol Box Fitness Club keeps itself lean: inside, you won't find crowds gathered around rows of shiny new equipment?the focal point of the room is the full-sized boxing ring, surrounded by cement floors and walls covered in professional graffiti. That's by design; the studio is a place where you come to focus solely on technique and fitness. During semi-private sessions, trainers teach students actual boxing techniques and proper body mechanics, such as how to throw punches, land jabs, and dodge t-shirt cannons. All the while, there's a soundtrack of funk, jazz, and hip-hop to keep up the energy levels. Above all, the atmosphere emphasizes hard work, positive energy, and lots of sweat to produce results?everything else comes secondary.
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.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.
Even seasoned martial artists like Master Ze Com Fome have difficulty stamping a label on capoeira. The Brazilian art form combines an arresting flurry of martial arts and dance movements, techniques that Ze has been mastering for more than 25 years. At Capoeira Artes Das Gerais Miami, he introduces students to capoeira basics, from the percussive music created by spectators' hands, feet, and hiccups to the noncontact attacks and counterattacks used to trick your opponent into defeat.