Hot air swirls around Bikram Yoga’s studio, heating limbs and relaxing tense muscles as students sink deeply into their practice’s 26 postures. During 90-minute sessions, a Bikram-certified instructor leads classes through a consistent routine of standing and seated poses mixed with two breathing exercises. In the space’s equatorial temperatures, students of all fitness levels burn calories, strengthen muscles, and eject perspirable toxins as instructors offer encouragement and personalized modifications. In addition to bringing a yoga mat and towel from home, students should prepare for class by drinking enough water to float a flock of rubber duckies.
In the 1940s, Walt Baptiste and his son Baron created a new branch of yoga—called Baptiste yoga—that combines the principles of yoga, meditation, and inner reflection. The Baptiste-yoga movement grew rapidly, and in 2005, senior Baptiste teacher Mark White introduced his community to the practice with two studios. He and a staff of more than 20 certified yoga instructors guide students from pose to pose while observing proper alignment and breathing technique. Studios are heated to 90 degrees to keep bodies limber and destroy any ice cream that enters the building.
A diverse and happening playlist welcomes students into Susan Sloan’s Zumba classes. She hopes her students feel like they are at a party while sweating away calories with catchy dance moves. Each session aims to burn calories, sculpt muscles, and perfect the Hokey Pokey.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
For more than 12 years, Chi Ling Pai Academy’s seasoned and studied instructors have led students in a variety of martial arts and fitness classes. The academy’s signature martial arts, kung fu style and namesake teaches self-defense techniques and meditation, while emphasizing principles such as respect, loyalty, and compassion. Drawing from years of study under martial arts pioneer Grand Master Dennis Decker, Sifu John Wilbur guides groups through the gentle flowing movements of tai chi aim toward elderly individuals to strengthen muscles and encourage bodily and mental balance. Master Lynn Compton heads Reiki classes, enlightening students to ancient Japanese techniques that aim to reduce stress and bring about tranquility—the right to which is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment. As students’ hips gyrate during belly dancing lessons, torsos twist and bend during yoga classes taught in a variety of styles. The center’s ever-metamorphosing list of course offerings also includes boot camps, Zumba, and Latin dancing for seniors.
Florida Firearms Training teams up with four gun ranges spread across the Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Depending on the course taken, the staff can rent handguns, shotguns, or rifles.
Florida Firearms Training's state-, NRA-, and military-certified instructors abide by the philosophy that with ownership of firearms comes great responsibility. With this in mind, they cover safe gun handling and loading in tactical and defensive courses for pistols, shotguns, rifles, and specialty weapons.