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.
The passionate mastermind behind Kitty Kat Pole Dancing instructs small groups in the sensual arts of pole dancing. Within the red-walled studio lined with billowing white curtains, she helps women to chisel profiles in a variety of pole-dancing classes, during which students tone upper arms by hoisting themselves up to the ceiling and activate abs by slowly twirling back to the ground. Groups can also host sexy parties at the studio, strutting to energetic music and dancing with more grace than a swan quoting Shakespeare.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.
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.
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.
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.