Holding a state certification and multiple NRA training certifications, Julio A. Cortes leads an instructional team drawn from retired law-enforcement, military, and SWAT personnel. Specializing in basic pistol instruction—including women-only courses—Gulfcoast Firearms Academy's instructors qualify students to apply for a state concealed-weapon permit by teaching fundamentals such as basic terminology and situation awareness. For students desiring more-advanced training, they also lead tactical pistol and rifle shooting classes, imparting skills from one-handed reloading to shooting from a standing, seated, lying, and fetal position.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Truly Fit Studio was created on a whim backed by an immense amount of self-motivation and community support. Owner M. Chris Gonzalez—a fitness trainer with more than 10 years of experience—partnered with his longtime colleague Shawn Beckland hoping to founding a gym where the instructors could fully commit to the individual needs and goals of every client. Weight machines, dumbbells, heavy bags, treadmills, and spinning cycles fill the space for visitors seeking a personal workout, although the instructors also lead group fitness classes throughout the week. Focusing on everything from athletic conditioning and core work to yoga and dance-inspired Zumba, these classes provide thorough workouts in a supportive group setting.
Sparta Fitness and Martial Arts' recipe for fitness includes equal parts intense cardio and forceful lifting. The results-minded instructors shout this recipe at students during strength and conditioning classes that feature a workout of the day and CrossFight classes that combine martial arts, self-defense, and survival skills. Though the high-intensity workouts were designed to train military personnel and police, they can be customized to the individual fitness level of men and women alike. The ever-shifting exercise regime incorporates an array of conventional and creative workout tools, including free weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump boxes, and oversized tires from Paul Bunyan's childhood swing.
Get A Grip Total Fitness’s certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.
Tampa CrossBoot's trainers invite students of all body types, skill levels, and ages to take control of their health through positive, team-centric outdoor workout camps. During classes, pupils employ a mix of cross-training and boot-camp techniques to boost speed, balance, functional strength, and agility, all the skills needed to become the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Workouts take place in nearby parks and green spaces so exercisers can breathe in fresh air as they burn off excess calories. Regimens allow participants to train at their own paces, scaling upward in difficulty as they introduce their muscles and cardiovascular systems to new, healthy challenges.
Though many workers-out desire want a gym that feels like a home away from home, complete with saunas, juice bars, and tanning beds, Elite Strength & Conditioning caters to a different class of gym-goers. Inside the spartan space, every inch is dedicated to the most effective, functional conditioning equipment, from coiled metal chains to hulking tractor tires. During guided workouts and open-gym sessions, members push themselves to their limits, burning through calories at breakneck speed while layering on muscle. The process helps clients improve athletic performance and prepare for an apocalypse that leaves behind nothing but kettlebells with which to build houses.