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 caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
At Health & Hope Institute, Dr. Claudia Chica takes a holistic approach to healing, aimed at “empowering [her] patients to make safe, wise, and informed decisions regarding their health care and wellness.” She and her staff provide a range of services that promote visitors’ bodily harmony, whether they suffer from chronic pain or are simply looking for a lift in their mood. Acupuncture and herbal medicines are offered to support clients' immune systems, and nutritional counseling helps them shed toxins from eating processed foods or gnawing on their labels. Those seeking outer rejuvenation may visit the therapeutic spa, which provides noninvasive treatments designed to contour the body, turn back the face’s clock, and smooth the skin.
For the past 15 years, Oviedo and Port St. John Eye Care's knowledgeable staff—led by board-certified optometrists Dr. Robert S. Webster and Dr. Stephen J. Thomas—has been striving to treat each patient that walks through their doors like family. They do so by taking the time to learn each patient's history, which helps them better assess ocular conditions during preliminary tests, visual-acuity and refraction measurements, and eye-health evaluations. Once prescriptions are known, the staff helps patients sort through over 1,000 frames, including high-end brands such as Gucci and Vera Wang, to find their ideal match. The staff shows equal love for the environment by taking on green initiatives, such as switching to all-natural cleaners, using recyclable polyethylene bags, and declaring fern the new pink.
Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.
Helmed by a spa savant with 12 years of experience, Re|You MedSpa cossets clients with a wide range of services, from holistic wellness treatments to advanced medical procedures. Facials pamper skin with all-natural salves and pharmaceutical-grade treatments including injectables, peels, and nonsurgical face-lifts. Body panels gleam after massages and contouring treatments, and acupuncture redirects energy through the body's pathways as efficiently as an electron traffic guard.
The staff at Dermatology Center tend to clients' outermost layers with general, surgical, and cosmetic skincare services in a modern, comfortable facility. The facility's comprehensive checkups examine and diagnose skin and hair disorders, such as allergic reactions, bacterial infections, and contact dermatitis. During the cosmetic consultation, patients can discuss the merits of procedures such as Botox and chemical peels with a medical professional and get a one-up on any worrisome abnormalities with the skin-cancer screening. A mole evaluation identifies both skin lesions and dastardly double agents. Like the 100-meter dash at the tortoise Olympics, the entire evaluation should take less than an hour to complete.