Though the instructors at Brazilates teach classic techniques for toning the stomach and achieving a lean dancer's figure, they also honor the power of curves. As a testament to that, their Brazilian Butt Lift classes craft shapely rears with a combination of dance moves and lower-body exercises. As they demonstrate pliés and squats, they adjust their maneuvers to each student's skill level, fostering a compassionate space for beginners and regulars alike.
Their other classes focus on the four tenets of Pilates: stability, strength, stretch, and stamina. With wall-mounted springboards contributing resistance, groups work through routines that align backbones, enhance balance, and make it easier to dress as a slinky for Halloween. The curriculum covers mat Pilates, yoga, and cardio Brazilates—an energetic class that utilizes barres for leverage during ballet and jazz aerobics.
Brazilates is devoted to the strengthening of minds as well as muscles. Guests who want to flex their wits can attend the studio's improvisational acting classes, whereas those who want to let go of their mental stress can benefit from a massage.
• For $29, you get a ten-class pass good for spinning, yoga, or Pilates classes (a $100 value). • For $49, you get a one-month membership, including a fitness assessment and unlimited yoga classes (a $49 value), the orientation fee (a $29 value), and two personal training sessions (a $51.80 value; a $129.80 total value).
In 2013, Body Couture Pilates & Fitness was voted Best Pilates Studio by Local 10 thanks to its grasp on Joseph Pilates' workout technique. What's more impressive is that Body Couture Pilates & Fitness, a facility that isn’t overrun with treadmills and barbells, was also voted Best Gym. Instead, the staff relies on popular fitness classes such as TRX suspension training, Zumba, and Couture Barre, which blends ballet and Pilates into an intense workout.
Housed inside the giant oyster that is the state of Florida, Red Pearl Yoga offers an array of yoga classes for all levels of flexers and focused breathers. Bend your body and stretch your spirit in an Ashtanga yoga class, linking together physically challenging poses through a set series of flowing movements. Roll the dice that is your body with a Vinyasa yoga class that flows unpredictably from pose to pose while maintaining a focus on breathing. Merge the oil of the body and the water of the mind through the alignment focus of Hatha flow, or prepare yourself for motherhood with a pre-natal yoga-therapy class. There are several other yogadventures to set out on at Red Pearl Yoga, so check the schedule to see what's being offered when and by which of Red Pearl Yoga's 12 orange-tinted instructors.
In a specially heated room, Bikram Yoga Fort Lauderdale’s teachers walk students through 26 postures during their signature 90-minute Bikram yoga classes. Students move twice through the whole sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises to center, strengthen, and lengthen every muscle with the muscle-melting powers of a 100-plus-degree room. It's designed to cater to all skill levels, allowing practitioners to choose the intensity of each workout. These sweat-inducing exercises can help patrons sweat out toxins so that they leave focused, with a cleansed, centered, and worry-free glow that outshines even the sun on its sweet 16 birthday.
A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.