At MimsFit, certified personal trainer Chris Mims nudges exercisers toward their fitness goals during boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Whether his clients want to lose weight, build strength, or run through the grocery without being caught by the store manager, Mims’s full-body workouts include body-weight, kettlebell, rope, tire, and sledgehammer exercises. To fortify newly formed muscles, Mims also sheds light on what to eat during nutritional-counseling sit-downs.
Broward Dance Academy offers excellent technique training in a warm, encouraging environment. BDA trains students of all ages and levels in many different styles of dance. Classes start as young as 2 years old and continue through to adult technique and professional classes. Zumba, Stretch, and Adult Fitness also available.
With numerous certifications in exercise, a degree in sports exercise science, and an accreditation in CrossFit Level 1, head coach Chase Brendle knows his stuff. He puts that experience to good use, imparting the intense, functional-movement exercises of CrossFit during classes designed to work out all muscle groups. It’s a system that also prepares participants to safely accomplish all kinds of activities, from athletic pursuits to such daily exertions as hauling in groceries from the car. Besides the daily workout, which changes each session to avoid the boredom of repetition, Chase also stresses the importance of nutrition as part of the CrossFit system.
Kettlebells and dumbbells line the walls. Giant tractor tires are scattered across the entrance. Thick yellow ropes dangle from the ceiling. In this bare-bones gym, trainers use this equipment and more during intense CrossFit classes. Workouts change daily to avoid repetition and keep exercisers motivated, and feature a slew of everyday movements. CrossFit preps participants for all manner of physical activity, sculpting all muscle groups to enhance speed, power, agility, and balance.
At Zumba W/ Obey 1, certified instructor Ramon Pardo gets toes tapping and bodies moving during fun Zumba workouts. Motivational music acts as a soundtrack to each session, fueling clients to perform dance combinations that help burn calories, tone muscles, and sculpt the body. Ramon is also certified to teach Zumbatomic classes, which are specially designed for kids and incorporate dance fitness, games, and high-energy music.
The founder of Body Manors and an AFAA-certified trainer, Andrew LaRochelle packed his metaphorical suitcase with New England enthusiasm and kinesthetic authority when he moved to South Florida to lead group fitness classes at Body Manors. He specializes in teaching core-toning yoga for beginners and advanced practitioners, and also promotes the roasting of calories during cardio kickboxing and dance aerobics based on moves from salsa, hip hop, and “there’s a bat in this room.” Before opening Body Manors, Andrew trained his brain at the University of North Florida and UMass Boston, where he earned a master’s degree in public affairs. The minimalist studio in which Andrew plies his trade showcases a white interior bathed in natural light, which shines through picture windows onto hardwood floors.
In 2013, Body Couture Pilates & Fitness was voted Best Pilates Studio by Local 10 thanks to its grasp on Joseph Pilates' workout technique. What's more impressive is that Body Couture Pilates & Fitness, a facility that isn’t overrun with treadmills and barbells, was also voted Best Gym. Instead, the staff relies on popular fitness classes such as TRX suspension training, Zumba, and Couture Barre, which blends ballet and Pilates into an intense workout.