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.
Green Monkey thrives as a yoga community. Across its three locations, instructors lead a variety of classes. Power yoga classes lead guests through dynamic poses, while meditation classes rely on breathing techniques and silent affirmations to quiet the mind. Instructors also hold frequent workshops, many of which teach specific skills such as handstands and inverted backbends.
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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.
With classes ranging from the dance primer Be Ballet to Sir Mix-A-Lot favorite Wholly Barre Butt, Barre Elements helps women incorporate ballet's most powerful tools into their regular workouts. The standard class, Be Barre, is a no-impact routine that burns fat as it tones the arms, thighs, glutes, and abs. And of the more adventurous offerings, Be Fusion combines modern dance and Pilates to promote body control and strength. These classes build muscles by working them to the point of fatigue, then incorporating stretching to elongate and strengthen them.
Bikram Yoga Central Miami focuses exclusively on Bikram yoga, which uses 105-degree heat to warm muscles and ligaments while instructors lead students of all experience levels through 26 postures designed to stretch and strengthen bodies and nurture a rewarding inner life. The staff cultivates Bikram's transformative vibe within a 1,500-square-foot yoga room, as well as throughout the studio. Guests can refuel with smoothies at the organic juice bar or reward tired physiques with the steam room's restorative heat. In the massage room, therapist Julia Mayer kneads with practiced hands, helping unlock healing with her knack for listening to each body's needs and rants about the cheap shower gel in most hotels.