Boca Tanning Salon’s Smart Tan–certified staff brings a sun-kissed glow to skin Monday–Saturday without subjecting it to the sun's harmful rays. Instead, they spritz bodies with bronzing hues bolstered by organic ingredients. Hydrating solution further quenches skin as staff members prolong the life of tans by applying extender sprays or sticking each patron inside a human bubble. Meanwhile, red-light-rejuvenation booths suffuse skin with infrared beams to warm bodies and enliven tired muscles.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, an open floor space sets the stage for Zumba classes every day of the week. The floor—designed to ease joint and knee maladies—is merely one aspect of the club's comfortable and supportive atmosphere. At the club, patrons find a combination of dancing and aerobics classes that will help them with weight loss or body toning in the midst of a fun environment.
The yoga instructors at The Family Yoga Center Inc. help practitioners of all ages and skills center their minds and relax their bodies. Directed by Jennifer Orobello, who specializes in alignment-based yoga, classes involve mastering one pose at a time. First, students achieve the pose, and then they hold it in order to foster deeper mind-body connections and increase strength and flexibility. Confident that yoga is accessible to everyone, the instructors encourage using yoga wedges, blocks, or walls in order to help with holding poses.
When she was 15, Heather had already been dancing for a decade, and she vowed to one day open her own studio. Later, while in school for interior design, she took her first-ever pole-dancing class and found it was love at first twirl; she installed a pole in her own home that very afternoon. Though she worked for a while as a professional designer, she felt compelled to step away from decorating other people's homes to pursue her teenage dream, swathing her newly opened studio space in hot-pink paint and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Today, it's a go-to hub for novice dancers of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for barber's poles looking to switch careers. While Heather and three other instructors teach belly dance, aerial technique, burlesque, and fitness classes, though Heather's main passion still lies with pole dancing. She finds it rewarding to watch as students—who currently include spinners in their 60s—break past mental blocks to do moves they never thought possible. She grins each time her students report that they're feeling stronger and healthier just doing everyday tasks, like buying anvils at the grocery store. "I don't feel like it's a job," she says, noting the supportive environment created by her students and the joyous bachelorette and birthday parties—where, she maintains, the older guests always turn out to be wilder than the 20-somethings. "It feels like I'm hanging out with friends."
Bikram Choudhury arrived in America in 1972, bearing a series of 26 poses that he was able to prove promote healing within the labs of University of Tokyo Hospital. Within a room of up to 105 degrees, he performed postures that stretched soft tissues, awakened joints, and set off floods of detoxifying sweat. This style caught on and eventually washed over American yogis like a heat wave, ultimately leading to the opening of Bikram Yoga Bayport.
Within the studio, instructors host 24 classes a week. They tailor certain classes for beginner through advanced students, offering pose modifications to suit each student’s current skill level. The intense exercises can improve blood circulation and lung capacity, restore joint pliability, and impart the skills necessary to sneak up on your own toes by surprise.