Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod, cut your workout time in half, or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
Jenny Sanchez believes that yoga really can heal, and she’s pretty persuasive. Originally a personal trainer, Sanchez suffered from bad knees that couldn’t be made right by her standard gym regimen. When a friend recommended hot yoga, she jumped in and unwittingly started the ball rolling for an eventual career change. “She told me I had to do four classes a week and break my butt every time I went in there for a month. The more you do it, the better it becomes.” And it worked—Sanchez’ knees don’t bother her anymore, and on top of that, she found she had gained the upper-body definition she had always wanted, but hadn't achieved in the gym. She was so “all about” hot yoga that she opened her own studio.
But Sanchez isn’t the only one that has noticed the restorative benefits of hot yoga. “People who come to yoga want the total mind-body experience. And they work through stuff. You feel like you’re enhancing someone’s life just by giving them space to do this.” During her classes at Bikram Yoga North Miami Beach, practitioners endure 105-degree temps as they run through a series of 26 postures, holding them long enough to promote flexibility, strength, and appreciation for the Statue of Liberty’s discipline. And though the routine doesn’t change, the results keeps coming Sanchez says, “because your body keeps changing, it challenges you every single day.”
Inside the weathered confines of a Spanish monastery originally built in 1133 before being moved to the United States and reassembled in 1952, Borba Yoga encourages students to focus on personal growth with a setting dedicated to introspection and self-discovery. Physical asanas are an integral part of the yoga practice, but Borba Yoga's instructors also emphasize the importance of a balanced, holistic approach that empowers individuals to live more spiritually fulfilling lives. Meditation forms a cornerstone of Borba Yoga's approach, using guided visualization to help students develop a greater awareness of the natural connections that exist between the spirit, the body, and the part of the brain that controls self-levitation.
At CrossFit North Miami Beach, there are no mirrors, overcomplicated machines, or juice bars. Instead, there are barbells, rowers, kettlebells, pull-up bars, medicine balls, and other back-to-basics gear. This setup keeps distraction at bay and fitness always in focus. Trainers help participants sculpt every muscle group using CrossFit, a system of constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. They foster a welcoming environment where daily workouts can be tailored to any person's abilities.
Christine Sanon-Jules, a choreographer who has worked with celebrities such as Paula Abdul and the Pussycat Dolls, leads hip-hop fitness classes with a club atmosphere at Club Fix Fitness. A live DJ, club lights, and hit music keep bodies moving as they master new moves and sweat away pounds.
Miami Exotic Workouts Pole Fitness believes getting fit doesn't require spending hours in a gym and performing monotonous exercises. Through their pole-fitness classes, which range from beginner's to advanced sessions, and their alternative-fitness classes, such as Booty Aerobics and Sexi Flexi, they help ladies burn calories and strengthen muscles without lifting a single weight. That's not to say the studio's workouts aren't challenging. Classes such as Pole Kitten require students to suspend themselves in the air simply with their thigh muscles, and Sexy Chair Fitness & Pole combine a variety of exercises that test students' leg and ab muscles for a full 60 minutes. If the studio and a traditional gym do share one quality, it's the confidence that they instill in their clients. Miami Exotic members come away with a boost in their self-esteem, making it easier for them to confront the banana spider that's taken over their living room.