Established in 1988, FIST Mixed Martial Arts offers a potent puree of several styles, including Krav Maga, kung fu, kickboxing, and Jiu-Jitsu, in its curriculum. Throughout the lessons, the school's instructors emphasize self-confidence, discipline, balance, and how a well-delivered high kick can get any malfunctioning jukebox working again. FIST's top priority is the safety of its students, meaning all engagements are closely monitored and students must wear the proper safety equipment. Each class is an hour long, with courses open to martial artists of all ages and abilities. There are classes specifically designed for children (ages 5–7), youth (ages 8–12), and adults (ages 12+), as well as general fitness classes. Check the schedule for upcoming course options.
Combining the rough-and-tumble feeling of a traditional boxing gym with the amenities of a modern fitness center, Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club helps exercisers access the gritty toughness hidden within them. Taught by dyed-in-the-wool boxers, group boxing classes impart the fundamentals of Lord Queensbury's sport while simultaneously burning calories, strengthening the body, and improving stamina. Those looking to step up their game can head to one-on-one training and supervised sparring, testing their mettle against their fellow students and really mean punching bags. Spinning classes round out the offerings, offering an aerobically intensive alternative to the ring.
Under the hard-nosed direction of former NHL defenseman Trent Yawney, the Crunch rumble toward the regular season's end determined to make a buzzer-beating push into the Calder Cup playoffs. Through 62 games, the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate has built a 27–27–4–4 record behind the sharpshooting prowess of Patrick Maroon, who sits tied for fourth in league scoring with 65 points. Passing on the temptation to make his mark by repeatedly licking a favorite spot on the bench, rookie center Peter Holland has established himself with 21 goals, and veteran netminder Iiro Tarkki's pad blocks and glove snags have added up to well more than 1,000 saves. Punishing checks and whistling slap shots draw the approval from approximately 7,000 Crunch fans, who can use breaks in the action to track down mascot Al the Ice Gorilla and reiterate that the time for buying a new igloo condo is now.
Bottled oils and spices line shelves, ready to sprinkle on a dish for a dash of flavor. Nearby, a painted wall of wood planks adds a homey backdrop to pea-green chairs and tables crafted from blocks of wood. Rincon Escondido proprietor Emilio Fontan drew inspiration from the years he spent living in Spain to shape the restaurant's menu, which teems with authentic Spanish hot and cold tapas and salads. Executive chefs Diego Gonzalez and Santos Jimenez oversee the construction and public-appearance schedules of shareable tapas such as bombas de queso—goat cheese fried balls dipped in orange blossom honey—or piquillos al tar-tar de atun, composed of Navarra red peppers stuffed with spicy tuna tar-tar. Glasses of Spanish red and white wine or sangria can be sipped inside or at outdoor seating area.
Fight Club Miami hones physiques with intensive exercise regimens and self-defense classes in a thoroughly equipped, 20,000-square-foot facility. With a 30-day membership, guests can incinerate insidious calories with the gym's new Life Fitness cardiovascular circuit or summon telephone-pole-plucking power with free weights. Don a pair of Title boxing gloves and gracefully dodge opponents during supervised sparring in the gym's boxing rings. During Fight Club Miami's energetic classes, strength gurus guide groups of students through pulse-pumping kickboxing, fast-paced technical boxing, and muay thai, which employs locking and throwing techniques to use in self-defense against armed attackers or aggressive meat-and-cheese trays.
Classes at Punch Boxing for Fitness mirror a professional boxer's training regimen. Instructors put participants through drills with heavy bags, jump ropes, speed ropes, and other equipment. There's only one thing missing: the fight. The classes remove all in-ring confrontation, and instead use the sport to burn fat and tone muscles. The classes still impart essential boxing skills, however, in case students ever decide to box competitively.