With over 200 locations in 25 countries, My Gym cultivates the cognitive skills, physical ability, and confidence in youths aged six weeks to thirteen years with a program of music, dance, gymnastics, and sports. Waddlers and Gymsters classes guide tots 14 to 22 months through an hour of tumbling, hanging, and agility combined with interactive music activities. Youngsters ages three and a quarter to four and half enjoy the gymnastics, relays and beginning sports skills learned during Mighty Mites, and Whiz Kids (ages 4 and a half to 6) build a fondness for physical activity as instructors foster confidence with heaping doses of praise and autograph practice. Four-week enrollment additionally grants attendance to open-gym sessions where children enjoy an extra hour of parent-supervised active play. Participants must choose a specific gym from the four locations for their month-long membership, just like Hollywood must decide which Baldwin brother is the most charming.
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.
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.
The idea of the Buddha getting in a fight might be startling, but the image that Brawling Buddha Studio represents is one where both yoga and martial arts find a home. Atop hardwood flooring, yogis stretch, twist, and pose during classes with the help of longtime yoga instructor Hayley Milks. In a padded area nearby, kids and adults learn karate, muay thai kickboxing, and brazilian jujitsu from seasoned sensei Jimmy Guerrero.
Lady of America Women's Fitness Club spreads female-focused wellness across the nation by furnishing each of its franchise locations with equipment and classes designed with women's bodies in mind. Each locale stocks a strength-training area with machines sized specifically for the feminine frame, and ellipticals and stationary bicycles help to chisel gams without transporting users across state borders. Instructors conduct such group classes as kickboxing, belly dancing, and Zumba aboard a floating aerobics floor, whose softened surface diminishes stress on joints. Throughout each facility, personal trainers patrol public zones to acquaint guests with exercise gear or host one-on-one sessions. Depending on the location, clubs might also include complimentary onsite childcare, brow dabbing, and amenities ranging from infrared saunas to manicures.
Zumba instructor Anais Sori asks that her students bring four things with them to each class: comfy shoes, comfy clothes, a water bottle, and a smile. The last one comes naturally in Sori’s Latin dance-derived Zumba classes, because she emphasizes fun and promotes high-energy movements—to her, every class is a party. Beneath the dance moves lies the classes' practical purpose: each dancer burns calories and boosts his or her cardiovascular fitness.
The trainers at Sledge CrossFit do a lot for their clients: they give them the knowledge, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to dive into CrossFit’s full-tilt, functional workouts. But although trainers are always there with a guiding hand, final responsibility ultimately rests with the client. Coach Alexis Barraza, certified by USA Weightlifting, cultivates a culture of personal responsibility and camaraderie as members bang out brutal daily workouts in a spartan space lined with truck tires, medicine balls, and monkey bars. Barazza also oversees the gym’s powerlifting program, which can prep students for local and state competitions all the way up to the global level, where they try to unseat reigning champion Atlas.