Though 35,000 square feet is no match for a football field or a micronation, it does make for a sprawling fitness center. At Downtown Athletic Club, members can work out inside the large, airy space equipped with a rock wall that spans its two floors. The gym also boasts a boxing studio, spinning studio, indoor squash court, and free-weight center. In addition, trainers are on hand to lead group fitness classes or private sessions that help members reach their fitness goals, whether they want to increase their endurance or develop the muscles that allow them to open all the pickle jars in the grocery store.
Miami Yogashala's friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calm and yet still as energized as an electrical storm in a microwave filled with magnets. If you're new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn poses such as the downward dog, the upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. For experts of the art, Miami Yogashala's classes can further assist in stretching muscles, relieving stiffness and pain, increasing flexibility and strength, and improving range of motion, balance, and posture—all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning cheeseburger.
At first, Ken von Roenn III only saw yoga as a way to increase his flexibility for his true passion, climbing. Slowly, yoga began to eclipse climbing as his primary love. Now he’s a devoted practitioner and instructor, and his love has led him to create Skanda Yoga Studio’s namesake style. The Skanda yoga style hinges on posture and controlled breathing, much like Vinyasa yoga. However, Skanda augments these practical techniques with a holistic component: each Skanda session finds its spiritual footing in the Mayan Dreamspell calendar.
Sessions work to align participants’ bodies with natural cyclical patterns found in this brand of Mayan mysticism that has proven more enduring than federal laws carved into stone with an exceptionally pointy Sharpie. Ken and his team of instructors offer classes outside their studio’s signature style, complementing their Skanda instruction with courses in modalities such as power yoga, gentle therapeutics, and Kundalini.
Built on the scientific foundations of whole-body vibration, the Power Plate at Power Fit Studios can grant bodies such benefits as improved muscle tone, increased circulation, and higher bone density. When combined with exercise and a reasonable amount of rocket fuel, sessions spent atop the platform can speed users’ fitness goals. The studio also supports clients' inner and outer well-being with more traditional approaches, including Zumba, burlesque, and chakra-meditation classes as well as a range of soothing spa services.
Fight Club Miami hones physiques with intensive exercise regimens and self-defense classes in a thoroughly equipped, 20,000-square-foot facility. With a 30-day membership, guests can incinerate insidious calories with the gym's new Life Fitness cardiovascular circuit or summon telephone-pole-plucking power with free weights. Don a pair of Title boxing gloves and gracefully dodge opponents during supervised sparring in the gym's boxing rings. During Fight Club Miami's energetic classes, strength gurus guide groups of students through pulse-pumping kickboxing, fast-paced technical boxing, and muay thai, which employs locking and throwing techniques to use in self-defense against armed attackers or aggressive meat-and-cheese trays.
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.