At CrossFit Manta Ray, students join a community of coaches and exercise aficionados all working towards the same goal: a stronger, healthier body. Coaches and co-owners Sebastian Albors and Chris Zamudio draw from a passion for fitness and loads of experience in their field to help trainees of all body types and levels. Through group training, nutritional guidance, one-on-one workouts, or Olympic weightlifting classes, participants strengthen their muscles and build up superhuman endurance. Unlike boring bouts on a treadmill or inside a giant hamster wheel, CrossFit regimens challenge minds and bodies with an ever-changing array of intense exercises, such as running, jumping, weightlifting, and rowing, all designed to deliver maximum results and prevent exercise plateaus.
A private, women-only gym, American Woman Fitness Center encompasses workout warriors with strength and conditioning equipment. There’s also fun fitness technology such as the Jump-Q, a semicircle of steps where members can compete against their own time or each other. For boxing and kickboxing, there’s the score-keeping 3 Kick that lights up areas to be kicked and punched. Rounding out the trio of workout toys is Heavy Ball, which challenges exercisers to maneuver and move medicine balls into a series of lit-up slots while being timed. American Woman Fitness also takes surveys from their members to customize fitness classes to their desires.
Since Joe Gold opened the first location in 1965 in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 700 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength.Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members?which include professional athletes and celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Faith Hill, and Jessica Alba?chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions.
At the Tampa location, the owners team up with an expert crew of trainers to help clients achieve their fitness goals. The gym floor corrals modern equipment such as low-impact ellipticals and treadmills outfitted with individual TVs, and the spin room showcases Livestrong stationary bikes. Instructors also lead dynamic group fitness classes that include disciplines such as yoga and boot camps.
As recently as 2010, Stylez G. White was exploding off the line as a starting defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Today, he runs Elite Vandals, a fitness studio known for its daily, CrossFit-esque philosophy that has been dubbed "Vandal Fit". The workouts and drills resemble what you'd see being performed in a pro football team's weight room: think dead lifts, squats, box jumps, pull-ups, ladder drills, field-goal-post tosses, and rope climbing. Making matters better, White, who is a CrossFit Level 1-certified instructor to boot, caps each class size at 10 exercisers, resulting in more one-on-one instruction between trainer and trainees.
Equipment: Freemotion, Precor, Lifefitness, Versaclimber
Students should bring: Water bottle & comfortable clothing
Average class length: 90+ minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: GIME is the place where you can be yourself. Be you and learn how to become your best.