At MOHO FIT‘s private training studio, you can spot homemakers and professional athletes alike undergoing the high-intensity exercises in boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Coaches guide clients of all abilities toward weight loss, improved muscle tone, and overall health through creative, high-intensity routines that may rely on free weights, plyometrics, and endurance exercises. They also stress the importance of proper nutrition, supplying students with recipes and meal plans that favor natural proteins over tasteless health foods such as rice cakes and low-fat air.
Some detractors may write off pole dancing as frivolous, but to Wildside Pole ~N~ Fitness owner Eva Spicola, the dizzying workout is “the best upper-body fitness and core training you could ever have.” A certified personal trainer who has managed her own health clubs in the past, Spicola now preaches the pole's benefits to women of all ages and abilities. Her classes embrace sinuous workouts on the pole and chair, striving to produce leaner limbs and confidence through body-weight exercises. She rounds out her curriculum with boot-camp, spinning, and dance-centric pole classes, which take guests from basic spins to choreographed combinations executed in platform heels. Chair and pole classes cap their attendance at 10 students, allowing instructors to customize their lessons while preventing the combined centrifugal force of too many twirls from lifting the studio off the ground.
At Pinellas Krav Maga, students harness the defensive techniques used by the Israeli military to tone physiques, build mental awareness, and learn self-defense strategies. Trainers draw from real-life experiences to mold their students into seasoned defenders able to protect themselves in a variety of real-life situations.
Each class targets specific areas of self-defense and intense conditioning, including anti-carjacking courses, women's self-defense, and strength-building kickboxing workouts. Under the watchful guidance of experts, pupils kick and condition their bodies into lean, muscular machines capable of taking down an armed assailant with precise, instinctual moves or a single well-timed sneeze.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of the gym's accommodating calendar of classes, attending 10 targeted drop-in sessions over the course of six months. Latin beats inspire aspiring Zumbalinas to shimmy free of up to 600 extra calories per one-hour session. The C.H.I.S.E.L. class blends aerobics, strength training, and Pilates to build bodies fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. The six-pack abs and stretching class offers patrons a one-two-punch of increased flexibility and core strength. Traditional Pilates sessions reinforce the mind-body connection by celebrating control, balance, and turtleneck sweaters.
Mixed martial arts are brought to pupils in diverse forms at 300 MMA Fitness. Boxing, kickboxing, and tae kwon do heighten adrenaline. But women’s self-defense focuses on arming practitioners against attackers as much as sculpting bodies. The gym also holds camps for ages 4–6 and 7–15 and classes for the whole family.
Before the start of each client’s service, Gina Vincelli brings them cups of organic tea as they sit on plush, vintage chairs in a private lounge, the walls of which are washed in light blues and chocolate browns. After years of working in an impersonal med-spa environment where doctors performed injections and lifts without getting to know their patients, she decided to shift her focus toward one-on-one treatment in holistic health care. Gina has channeled this passion for mind-and-body wellness into Awaken Organic Skincare & Boutique, distancing herself from a traditional clinical approach with organic formula-based facials, body treatments, waxing, and salon services. To relax clients, she fills the spa with aromatherapy scents such as lavender, eucalyptus, orange, and bergamot, varying the scents based on the season. She also fills the lobby with music and varies the tunes—from nature-inspired spa music to coffeehouse jazz—based on her current clientele.
Gina's staff of therapists executes noninvasive treatments, such as Beautiful Image facial and body sculpting, during which a small electric current runs through skin in need of toning. Shirodhara sessions drip a stream of warm sesame oil onto the patient’s forehead for a relaxing effect. Staff members also administer organic facials with Hylunia skincare formulas, which are free of parabens, perfumes, dyes, and preservatives to keep skin cleaner than Elmo's criminal record. To promote continuing skincare, the in-spa boutique's dark wooden cabinets are filled with homemade soaps, essential oils, and Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which aestheticians can match to clients' skin tone during free applications. Following a recent expansion, the spa now contains private showers for washing up after facials as well as an infrared sauna for covertly thawing pints of ice cream.