The instructors of Palmetto Bay CrossFit only teach one fitness class. That's because their inclusive sessions combine several forms of exercise into one comprehensive workout that strengthens the entire body. Each class melds strength training and gymnastics exercises with cardio and coordination techniques that nurture bodies, and the general structure of classes ensures that students of all fitness levels can take part. Additionally, each class incorporates sports-like competitions between students as a way to build camaraderie and get rid of any trophies lying around. Classes are further bolstered with nutritional guidelines.
My Gym's age-appropriate classes help children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments or 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through four classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides and more.
Inside Bikram Yoga Falls's heated practice space, students of all experience levels bend and stretch through Bikram yoga's 26 postures for a challenging yet stress-relieving workout. During the 90-minute classes, instructors lead up to 50 students through a regimented series of poses paired with two pranayama breathing exercises. The classes are designed to increase strength and flexibility while decreasing the body's tension level, clearing the mind of stressful events such as catching the family dog reading your diary. The routine is performed in a studio heated to temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark, coaxing muscles to sink deeper into stretches and ousting the body's toxins through sweat.
An addiction. That’s what Cheryl Mullin, head trainer at Tone You Up, Inc., calls her relationship with fitness. Starting out as a dancer at the age of 5, she transitioned into cheerleading in high school and eventually track and field in college, where she fell in love with lifting, plyometrics, and circuit training. Ten years and three certifications later, Cheryl and her staff of dedicated trainers pass their passion on to others with their three pillars of training: fitness, nutrition, and overall health.
Groups sprint and lunge across Tropical or Palmetto Bay Park during intense, one-hour boot-camp classes, all while Tone You Up's trainers preach the components of a healthful diet, such as eating plenty of protein and vegetables and not using cake frosting as toothpaste. Some staffers motivate the campers through cardio and strength training in the great outdoors, and others lead in-home personal-training sessions. Each one-on-one or one-on-two session begins with a thorough body assessment and fitness test. Based on results, trainer and client discuss goals and map a total lifestyle program to help shed pounds or boost athleticism. Tone You Up also offers programs for small groups, including onsite boot camps for workers at schools and offices.
Led by 14-year yoga vet Beatriz Osorio, the yoga instructors at Yogawithbeatriz take a gentle approach to yoga. They don’t force their students’ limbs to twist into exotic, uncomfortable positions while the student tries to breathe serenely. Instead, they emphasize centeredness and recovery from pain, allowing students to go at their own pace as muscular tension and stiff joints gradually loosen and relax.
Alison Hesh’s history of instruction is extensive—she’s taught ballet to 3-year-olds, exposed the University of Miami swim team to Pilates, and trained aspiring Olympic athletes. Pulling from her years of professional experience with the Ballet Theatre of Miami and Bay Ballet Theatre, Alison has been teaching ballet to students of all ages for decades and added Pilates to her curriculum once she discovered the countless health and restorative benefits the practice offers for dancers, fitness-seekers, and thieves who steal a lot of pianos.
At Soul Purpose Studio, Alison and her staff of dance and fitness instructors conduct a variety of movement classes throughout the week. On the studio’s professional dance floor, they guide youngsters through proper form and technique during children’s intensive ballet courses and lead adults through core-strengthening exercises in Pilates mat and machine classes. A certified instructor directs yoga classes at the studio, which include yoga for athletes, yoga for kids, and yoga for grocery-store bag boys.