A gym designed exclusively for women, Lady of America offers its members accoutrements that coed gyms can’t. For starters, all of the weight-training equipment is sized for females and equipped with 5-pound weight increments, allowing for more useful adjustments than the typical machinery. Beyond the weight room, the open gym offers plenty of cardio machines, including treadmills, bikes, and elliptical trainers. In order to personalize workouts even further, members can also meet with one of the club's trained and certified personal trainers, or talk food with the onsite dietitian. When solo training starts to get lonely, the gym’s group fitness classes challenge muscles while building camaraderie during sessions such as Butt Lift, Step It Up, and Zumba. While members sweat, their children can play at the onsite daycare center— for an additional fee— stocked with plenty of toys and miniature Stairmasters.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.
IMT CrossFit occupies a 10,000 square-foot facility filled with weights, ropes, lifting platforms, tires, gymnastics rings, bars, kettlebells, and much more. This canvas gives trainers plenty of equipment to exercise their imaginations and construct new workout regimens based on CrossFit?s core focus on functional movements.
The coaches spend six days a week?mornings and evenings?teaching students exercises designed to promote their musculoskeletal health and enhance the functions of their bodies. Using kettlebells, Olympic weights, and even gravity, clients work toward running faster, climbing better, and getting fitter. And because there are no mirrors in the facility, exercisers can focus their complete attention on their workout instead of constantly consulting their reflection to find out who is the fairest one of all.
South Florida may lack for large mountain ranges, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go climbing. X-treme Rock Climbing in Miami is a full-service rock-climbing center, stocked inside its warehouse-like space with some 14,000 square feet of climbable surfaces. The routes on the walls change frequently, so guests can always have a new challenge ahead of them. Private and group classes are available at all levels, though beginners are always taken through an introductory class that teaches belaying, knot tying and basic climbing techniques. The center also includes an additional 7,000 square feet for yoga and a full-service fitness center, and daily equipment rental options mean the fitness-forward set has no excuse not to give the emerging sport a shot.
With lots of windows bringing in natural light and amber-colored wooden flooring inside the studio, Corpo Yoga Studio screams relaxation. Or, rather, whispers it, with classes that emphasize both the physical aspects of regular yoga practice and its spiritual inner message. Under the direction of Cybele Chamas, the studio provides a wide selection of classes in different types of yoga as well as a yoga basics session for beginners. Regardless of which yoga style you profess to love, the studio’s emphasis is on its three basic components – poses, breathing exercises and meditation/relaxation, which are near-universal principles. Yoga classes run, 60, 75 or 90 minutes, though the studio does offer private sessions and special workshops and events.
Dharma Studios is a full-service yoga studio that offers classes at all levels, from the intense, sweaty athletic yoga to more demure sessions for the mobility impaired. It also offers special pre- and post-natal classes, while beginners can learn from a variety of classes, including Gentle Stretch yoga, which is designed and sequenced to take the whole body to its full range of motion; Therapeutic yoga; and Restorative yoga which helps to release tension in a relaxing atmosphere to help unwind. The latter is a passive type of yoga which uses props to restore alignment, while more advanced students can take in heartier Vinyasa, power yoga and Anusara sessions, each focusing on deeper focus with breath, alignment and pace.