Kettle bells swing, tires flip, and punching bags send back witty retorts in the American Tactical Fitness gym. The owner and head coach here is Luis Rodriguez, a retired police detective who has earned a slew of commendations and awards in his career. Rodriguez designs the workouts at American Tactical Fitness, incorporating cross training and kickboxing exercises as well as functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. All workouts are scalable, so they're appropriate for clients of all skill and fitness levels, plus they're short. Each one is only 45 minutes long?"because we understand you have a family, career, and job to get to."
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
At Family Paintball Center, players armed with rented markers storm the fields during classic games: capture the flag, elimination, and elimination’s cousin, resurrection, in which tagged players can be reborn. Separated by sky-high screens, the sprawling fields are scattered with wooden fences and spools as well as inflatable shapes that players can use to dodge incoming pellets. To make a day of it, groups can bring along food and drink, and even set up their own barbecue grill. There is also a concessions stand on-site, and local pizzerias deliver to the field, rather than just throwing their pies there Frisbee-style.
Crouched behind a stack of tires, a player feels the incoming paintballs smack against the rubber as he plots his next move. Such a sight is common at Bigshot Paintball Field's outdoor field, a collage of upturned pallets, cable spools, and dirt mounds where combatants outmaneuver each other to find the best firing positions. Bigshot's staff acquaints every player, from beginners to those who have been living off field grass since 2005, with the rules of play and equipment operation before allowing them to enter the thick of battle. Between bouts, the staff also dispenses bottled water and soft drinks and can recommend nearby pizza joints that deliver. Barbecue grills are allowed as well, if there's room available. As a not-for-profit organization, Bigshot Paintball Fields donates a portion of its proceeds to the Police Officer Assistance Trust, a support organization for the law-enforcement community of Miami–Dade County.
Retirement didn?t signal the end of the careers of Gun Training School's instructors. After finishing up their time in the military and law enforcement, they decided to pass along the kind of expertise that only comes from years of training. In doing so, they teach beginners' classes, including NRA courses in pistols, shotguns, and rifles. The instructors also host specialized classes, such as a hunter's safety course and a defensive pistol tactics course with outdoor range time. Shooting competitions offer challenges and a communal experience for the more advanced.