The coaches at Athletes Edge are dedicated to creating top-performing sportsmen and women. Just ask former UFC light-heavyweight champion "Suga" Rashad Evans, who benefitted from the company's rigorous mixed-martial-arts training program. They also help college prospects prepare for the NFL combine, and specialize in sports ranging from baseball, basketball, and soccer, to volleyball and tennis. The crew focuses on enhancing each adult’s or child's capacity for speed, agility, strength, and overall performance in a fun, sports-oriented environment. The classes are designed for all types of people with varying fitness goals.
Director of training Jeff Sanders, a certified strength-and-conditioning and performance-enhancement specialist, worked with several influential NFL coaches when he trained the Baltimore Ravens beginning in 2001. Sanders also gained clinical-rehabilitation and gait-training experience while working in the inpatient post-op division of Shands hospital. He and his team train athletes in the brand-new, 62,000-square-foot Fernandez Family Center and the two adjacent football and soccer fields on the Saint Thomas University campus in North Miami.
After her third child was born, fitness professional Kim Goodman knew she needed a new way to stay fit. She eventually found the inspiration she hoped for right under her nose: her baby. With a little experimenting, she created a workout regimen that allowed her to bond with her baby while burning calories. Many of the exercises are built around simple things most new mothers have on hand, like their own body, stability balls, and, yes, a baby.
And so Mommycise Fitness came to be, with classes designed for expectant mothers and those with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Her 60-minute regimen combines fat-burning intervals, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and stretching. Mothers and children get to enjoy close contact during class while doing mutually safe exercises, designed with the post-natal body in mind. Kim warns moms to dress to exercise?the class summons up a good sweat?and to bring any baby gear they need with them. Mommycise Fitness provides all the other necessary pieces of workout equipment, including yoga mats and light weights.
Mother-daughter team of Dr. Theresa and Dr. Jenna McIntosh founded Acupuncture Associates of Plantation, Inc. after discovering acupuncture and Chinese medicine from a patient's perspective and have run their business from the same location for the last 14 years. After two years of unsuccessfully battling asthma with medication, Dr. Theresa McIntosh sought out a holistic health practitioner. Within two weeks, she was breathing easy.
That rapid-healing experience inspired Dr. McIntosh to attend Chinese Medical School. Now, the two channel their skills to unearth the root causes of clients' ailments and to treat them with acupuncture sessions and Chinese herbal medicine blends. The pair treat issues such as migraines, arthritis, back and neck pain, and allergies, and also maintain a special focus on gynecological health and fertility issues and symptoms related to menopause.
Navy Special Operators are recognized as some of the world's most feared warriors. Run using the same aquatic training program that tests the mettle of real-life divers and explosives techs, Hellbender's Amphibious Bootcamp sends exercisers plunging in and out of the water as they blast through a blend of calisthenics and aquatic exercises. A diverse collection of former sailors, soldiers, and firefighters lead the classes, shouting encouragement as as students switch from pushups and pull-ups to freestyle, breaststroke, and sprint swims. Movable obstacles including sandbags, weights, and decommissioned bathyspheres also wait beneath the depths, challenging endurance as they bulk up screaming muscles. Classes welcome all fitness levels, but exercisers should be able to tread water, swim at least 25 yards without stopping, and arrive with their own goggles and swimsuit.
John Wai is a living bridge between the ancient and modern styles of kung fu. Born in Hong Kong and schooled in the orthodox traditions of martial arts, Wai was already a kung-fu master by the time he opened his first academy in 1997. He has managed to stay relevant by combining the ancient approach with a modern, practical outlook that draws in a wider range of students. His classes—which include fitness kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as kung fu—focus on things such as exercise, stress-relief, and self-defense, and he also offers a summer camp where kids learn discipline, self-confidence, and how to open a care package with a single well-timed kick.