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.
There is a fair amount of science behind CrossFit classes; hitting a wide variety of muscle groups makes them all work harder, for example. But Adriana Grassi and Lance Mosley, the lead trainers at CrossFit Hardcore South, know that at the end of the day, nothing is possible without some basic dedication. That drive is obvious in all of the gym’s trainers, who have experience in everything from body building and personal training to CPR and nutrition.
At their sprawling training space, that team presides over clients as they burn fat and build lean muscle rapidly using functional movements such as pulling, lifting, and pushing with equipment including chains, barbells, and resistance bands. CrossFit takes these functional movements and mixes them with cardio, gymnastics, rowing, and endurance challenges during workouts that change each day much like the name of a third grader’s hamster.
Founded in part by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Brickell's spacious, state-of-the-art studio hosts a plethora of 90-minute Bikram yoga classes. The studio’s robust schedule beckons students of all fitness levels to join in Bikram’s traditional 26-posture practice, which begins with breathing exercises to acclimate bodies to the intense heat before moving into muscle-sculpting seated and standing poses. The routine harnesses the healing powers of 105-degree heat to evict toxins from their bodily abodes. The intense temperature also serves to melt muscles into deeper stretches, helping practitioners to ease chronic aches, heal injuries, and support weight-loss regimens.
Biotonic Brickell takes care of its clients' bodies and minds. The center's Power Plate sessions decrease workout times and improve physical health using specialized equipment designed to contract muscles up to 50 times each second. Biotonic's fitness classes focus on the abs and posterior, cardio exercise, and core strength. The center also offers yoga classes to calm clients' minds, relieve stress, and increase flexibility.
The 360 Energy in Motion teaching method goes beyond mere instruction. Each trainer creates a class atmosphere where all in attendance feel physically challenged and emotionally engaged with the workout and one another. The trainers hope to spread this feel-good vibe throughout their music-driven spin classes, Zumba dance-cardio workouts, Pilates routines, and yoga sessions. They hold each class within a facility boasting textured wood flooring, green earth tones, and bamboo-lined hallways where orb lights cast an incriminating light on sneaky pandas looking for a snack.