Robin Ryan and Christine DeStefano know that in each person?s body is written the story of their lives, from wear and tear caused by a job to past injuries that can limit mobility. Using Reformer machines?exercise-enhancing equipment invented by concept founder Joseph Pilates?they help write a new chapter in the body?s history. Among their many benefits, Reformers help remove unnecessary joint and muscle stress from exercising, allowing people to achieve body-transforming workouts without irritating old injuries. With only five Reformers in the studio, class sizes remain intimate, allowing Robin and Christine to provide personal instruction to teach student. Classes typically last one hour or the amount of time it takes a beer belly to come to terms with its shrinking existence.
• For $25, you get a one-month All Y adult membership plus one 30-minute fitness assessment, one 60-minute personal-training session, and three guest passes (a $169 value). • For $39, you get a one-month All Y family membership; one 30-minute fitness assessment and one 60-minute personal-training session per adult (up to two adults); and three guest passes (up to a $291 value).
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
The husband-and-wife team behind Power and Glory Karate boast a combined 50 years of experience with martial arts. Within their 5,000-square-foot facility, they teach classes to students ages 5 and older. All students work on learning forms and developing discipline, building on those skills while incorporating self-defense and leadership skills, and adults learn the same while also adding a focus on health and fitness.
The team at ReggaeFit has more in common than the fact that they're all experienced instructors. Each woman has been dancing her entire life. A co-owner of ReggaeFit, Rachel has studied everything from ballet and tap to hip-hop and jazz. Now, she finds herself uniting exercisers under a banner of red, yellow, and green.
The instructors lead ReggaeFit workouts that get bodies moving to the infectious rhythms of reggae and soca music. During every class, they combine light, high-energy aerobics with Caribbean dance moves, motivating women and men alike to shake, shimmy, and groove along with the beats. The facility doesn't forget about younger visitors, either. Kids' classes take groups through a range of slower ska tunes and faster soca rhythms so kids can keep up at school dances when the DJ loses control of the tempo button.
The battle is not always to the strong—as the saying goes—for time and chance enter into all things. The instructors at Aikido Miramar like to improve the success rate of time and chance by adding a little Aikido into the mix. The Japanese martial art teaches students to use an attacker's size and strength against him. At the dojo, the sensei impart these skills through workouts that tone physiques and promote flexibility. Students learn the traditional warrior art from Sensei Emmanuel Herzog who began honing his aikido skills at age 13. Currently, he is a certified 5th Dan black belt, passing his skills on to the next generation of fighters.