Family is important to the purveyors of Platinum Gym. So, while their members break a sweat on Precor cardio and strength machines, the kids can remain nearby and safe in the onsite kid's club. The gym is so family-friendly, in fact, that kids 10 years and up can use the equipment when supervised and join their parents during a select number of group classes.
Speaking of classes, the 16,000 square foot health club offers instruction in workouts such as Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and spin. And, members can also pamper their weary muscles with massage therapy or highlight their hard work by bronzing newly buff bodies in tanning beds and booths.
Canvas and Cheers's expert instructors emancipate inner artists during their communal painting classes, which beckon pupils of all ages and experience levels to express themselves through hours of socializing and slinging paint. Teachers supply all necessary materials before shepherding students through a step-by-step painting process that yields prismatic masterpieces, which students can hang on the wall of their living room, hallway, or drab cryogenic freezing chamber. BYOB classes for adults create a lively night out with wine and snacks, and Canvas Kids or Family Day sessions spark creativity and empower young artists. Themes vary from class to class, covering topics such as how to render horses, recreate classic works by Van Gogh, or capture the raw human emotion elicited from commemorative plate collections. Many of the paintings used as reference pieces during class were designed by founding artist Dyanne Parker, who displays her original work throughout the studio.:m]]
At Guruv Yoga’s two locations, students of all skill levels and ages can pick from a wide variety of yoga classes, which are offered seven days a week. Instructors boast experience in various disciplines, ranging from intense Bikram yoga sessions to calming morning classes designed to wake up pupils with uplifting music and a ceremonial pajama burning. A meditation room at the Lake Mary location adds to the studio’s calming atmosphere and provides a room for pre-class centering or private yoga sessions.
In Balance’s seasoned yogis and certified trainers lead invigorating excursions into a realm of core-crunching, body-balancing classes. Those that yearn for yoga can flex their way to lean musculature with a variety of yoga classes, which include Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Yoga, Yoga for Weight Loss, and Yoga for Beginners. Pilates classes focus on slow, impactful choreography that benefits both amateur exercisers and pro core developers, and the beginner-friendly IB Barre class, which is taught by a team of trained ballet-dance instructors, uses a ballet barre as a tool to chisel calves and tighten rears. In Balance’s schedule offers more than 30 yoga and Pilates classes weekly.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to play safely, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and are designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins.