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.
Established for more than 30 years, Olympia Gym is more than just a fitness facility with cutting-edge equipment and classes—it's home to family-oriented staffers who truly go out of their way to help others. Owners Delia and Peter Cicale have sought out new and innovative ways to get people into shape, such as Hoist Roc-It machines that adjust to users' movements, kids' karate classes, and Power Plate vibration training that enhances the ability to high-five a jackhammer operator. Their training services are performed by industry experts, including a kickboxing champion and second-degree blackbelt, and they employed Beto Perez as an instructor before he created the international dance-fitness sensation known as Zumba.
But beyond the gym's impressive list of credentials are real, compassionate people. In 1998, the Sun Sentinel documented that the Cicales and their generous aerobics and spinning students raised more than $3,000 in a single Labor Day for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More recently, the couple hosted three annual events to support breast-cancer awareness. And an article in The Miami Herald reported on two staff members' cross-country bike journey to raise funds for and increase awareness about Parkinson's disease. The trip was planned by Roy Roden, who suffers from the neurodegenerative brain disorder and still works at the gym part time, and his wife Lynn, who is a personal trainer. Gaby Senior specializes in training people with illnesses or age-related concerns such as osteoporosis. Whatever your fitness and health struggles, the gym's down-to-earth crew is likely to understand them.
The certified trainers at CrossFit Wynwood lead students in brawn-building sessions that safely develop form and technique in CrossFit's versatile blend of lifting and calisthenics. To strengthen and condition blossoming muscle bouquets, one-hour classes incorporate ever-changing routines such as lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, and climbing ropes. The spartan space prioritizes athletics over aesthetics, letting instructors focus on helping clients achieve goals that range from bulking up to improving overall fitness to simply appreciating how all dumbbells originate as dinosaur bones.
For 10 years, the instructors and trainers at Gables Fitness have help clients achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. Now the workout institution has reopened its doors as Red Zone Fitness, where clients choose their workout duration, even in group classes. With 30-minute one-on-one or group personal-training sessions or 40- to 50-minute group fitness classes, the fitness studio follows the FITT principle: Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type. Sessions depend on various factors that include strength aerobics, performance goal focus, exercise biomechanics, and effort. Experienced instructors lead students through group fitness classes that include spinning and Red Zone training, a group class for women that provides a heart-rate-monitored, full-body workout and strengthens the cardiovascular system in just 40 minutes.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage—which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
Dirt Fitness owner Kelli Musa designed the signature workout at Dirt, which has been mentioned by outlets such as the Palm Beach Post, the Boca Raton Observer, and NBC 6. Fusing elements of cardio and strength training, the 40-minute Dirty 40 sessions gather groups of students to burn up to 700 calories, which is equivalent to a hamburger's entire weekly income. Instructors also lead Vinyasa yoga classes, isometric barre fitness classes, and Hot Barre classes in a 90-degree room. Certified trainers even supervise open-gym sessions, allowing students to pursue extracurricular fitness on their own.