At Ocala Fighting Fit Boot Camp, fists and feet deliver knockout blows to calories during 12 boot-camp classes that draw on MMA and kickboxing combat techniques to whip thighs and abs into shape in a nonintimidating environment. During the four-week martial-arts boot camp, students of all fitness levels and skill sets entrust their bodies to certified instructors who orchestrate exercises that most efficaciously achieve results, and periodically motivate stragglers with photos of a skinny, timid, teenage Hulk. Grueling kettlebell lifts alternate with kickboxing drills and other interval and cardio exercises as students will their ways through three weekly sessions.
The fitness experts running the show would ask that you don’t call BTY Fitness a gym. That’s because all exercises take place outdoors on BTY's picturesque 15-acre ranch. Here, expert personal trainers lead small groups through classes that use the environment to create challenging functional workouts, which range from boot camps to power yoga.
As a child, Boris Marhefka took no end of delight in pushing himself to master a variety of sports. He foot-blasted soccer balls to the back of the net, line-slammed intimidating serves as a tennis player, and slam-dunked lacrosse balls or whatever happens in lacrosse. Along the way, he cobbled together a wide-ranging playbook of exercises and conditioning methods.
Today, he and his body-blasting troupe of certified trainers read from those pages to design boot camps aimed at shedding weight and sculpting major muscle groups. With the same goals and techniques, but at a slower pace, they also run Total Fit programs and Man Camp—a muscle-building refiner’s fire that forges ripped glutes and biceps for both men and women with the help of sprinting bursts and massive barbells.
For fitness enthusiasts seeking even more individualized attention, the gym provides private training. Instructors also work with athletes from elementary school to college to help them develop the skills needed to outperform their competition, be it in track, lacrosse, soccer, or duck duck goose.
Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.
The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center strengthens bone abodes with muscle-molding Zumba classes. Zumba combines heart-pounding Latin music and simple dance moves into one muscle-sculpting workout that taunts fat with resistance training and lipid-based insults. Burn calories and tone bodies, all while strutting to oscillating and rousing rhythms. Cardio cavorters can attend classes with wee ones in tow, as childcare is available at no extra charge.
Originally founded by a pair of professional wakeboarders looking to train during the off-season, Clermont Crossfit has now become a year-round community of aspiring athletes. The trainers describe their classes as instructor-led and peer-driven, combining one-on-one coaching with the motivation and accountability of working with an encouraging group. They follow the CrossFit method of inventing new workouts every day, a strategy designed to keep muscles from becoming acclimated to the exercises and consuming fewer calories, while also staving off bordem. In any given class, they might incorporate gymnastics, Olympic weight-lifting, kettlebell training, or rowing, one of the few exercises in which it is socially appropriate to wear a viking helm.