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.
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.
CrossFit 305 traces its lineage back to a modest, 300-square-foot studio that opened in 2008. Shortly after the staff began reading about CrossFit and testing out the workouts themselves, they decided to dedicate their business entirely to the functional fitness program. Even as they restructured their workouts, their studio continued to grow. Today, they hold their group classes in a 3,500-square foot facility equipped with gymnastics rings, kettlebells, and barbells for Olympic lifting.
Co-owner Dominic Sirianni says that many clients are hesitant to begin training at CrossFit 305, due to CrossFit’s reputation as a brutal, challenging workout. He assures them that they shouldn't be worried. "We scale the workout's intensity to their ability," he explains. "We have people as young as 10 years old and old as 77." In fact, it’s this inclusive atmosphere that keeps members coming back for more.
When they aren’t pushing clients to run faster or throw their boulders further, CrossFit 305's certified trainers encourage them to stay mindful of nutrition. They have even partnered with the Florida Heart Research Institute to help them give accurate body-composition readings and determine ideal body-fat percentages.
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.
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.