At Pinellas Krav Maga, students harness the defensive techniques used by the Israeli military to tone physiques, build mental awareness, and learn self-defense strategies. Trainers draw from real-life experiences to mold their students into seasoned defenders able to protect themselves in a variety of real-life situations.
Each class targets specific areas of self-defense and intense conditioning, including anti-carjacking courses, women's self-defense, and strength-building kickboxing workouts. Under the watchful guidance of experts, pupils kick and condition their bodies into lean, muscular machines capable of taking down an armed assailant with precise, instinctual moves or a single well-timed sneeze.
Blending compassion, humor, and respect, the instructors at Surya Namaskar Yoga approach every class with the belief that yoga should be accessible to everyone. They guide students of all ages and skill levels—including athletes, seniors, and those with disabilities—along their own personal paths of growth, fulfillment, and well-being. Eschewing the popular notion that yoga is about exercise, they teach that yoga is about creating balance in the body through the development of flexibility and strength. This does not mean that they shun modernity, however. Between chants and inspirational readings, these spiritual instructors focus on healing their students' contemporary ailments, such as neck pain caused by computer usage and stress caused by worrying about the sun exploding. Their onsite massage therapists and healers further align mind and body, as well as foster spiritual awakening, with deep-tissue massages, holistic Pranic healing, and qi gong, a balance of Chinese medicine and martial arts.
American MMA’s staff accomplishments include being a three-time world kickboxing champion, winning fifth place at Ms. Fitness USA, earning a fifth-degree black belt, and fighting in mixed-martial-arts matches. They bestow students with their knowledge during kickboxing and jujitsu classes. Other fitness-related workouts include Zumba and Pilates. Specialty kids' fitness classes improve gross motor skills, self-esteem, and discipline practices that can carry over into schoolwork or the top level of Tetris.
The team at 4Ever Fitness believes there are four main elements of fitness: active stretching, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and balanced nutrition. To help their members succeed in these steps, they have dedicated spaces for each of those elements, and they stay open 24/7 so that workouts can fit into any schedule. The cardio area entertains exercisers with flat-screen LCD televisions playing multiple channels, all dialed in to different FM radio stations and tin cans tied to neighboring houses. Both the circuit-training and strength-training areas host a variety of Hammer Strength and Life Fitness machines for independent workouts. The staff stocks the stretching area with floor mats, instructional guides, and exercise balls to help members limber up before and after workouts.
The staff also maintains a separate Pro-Fit Area, where exclusive members have private access to a freshly set and cleaned spread of equipment. At least one trainer is always on hand during staffed hours to spot-check gold members' exercise technique and offer workout advice. Personal trainers also craft customized fitness programs to meet the goals of any client, whether they just want to lose a few pounds or they're starting a new life as a Paul Bunyan–impersonator.
With daily programs that build skills in sports, computers, and the arts, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast improves the lives of more than 3,000 young people in the Greater Tampa area. The clubs' fun and engaging afterschool programs are lead by caring adult mentors who help kids uncover new interests and develop new skills that will benefit them in school and life. Youngsters with a variety of interests can find a comfortable place in the clubs' programs, which include a robotics course, computer-skills class, creative-writing group, and a full-court game of basketball.
Aside from its classes being only available for women, there aren't many restrictions at Superlady Fitness Boot Camp. The personal trainers who lead the classes don't care if exercisers can do one push-up or 1,000, which is the amount Wonder Woman did during commercial breaks. That support combined with a daily gamut of cardio, stretches, physio ball work, and body-weight exercises results in fun workouts.