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.
Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
Opened by former NFL player Benny Sapp, Alpha Lab Performance Training strives to give clients of all ages and fitness levels a place to improve. For young athletes that might mean developing better hand-eye coordination—one of the many fundamentals taught during the youth athletic-training sessions. For adults, whose fitness goals and thoughts on the practicality of Monetarism often differ from children's, the trainers host personal-training sessions, group fitness classes, and running-club runs.
At Pro-Style Dynamic Bootcamp, professional indoor-football player and certified trainer Damion Francis teams up with trainers Krystel Francis and Rhojae Rose to help clients achieve their fitness goals. Each program blends nutritional coaching with dynamic workouts that change daily. Workouts are never the same, but may include exercises such as core conditioning, short- and long-distance running, fitness kickboxing, heavy-rope training, and obstacle courses. Damion and his crew also conduct weekly diet revisions for each client, requiring mandatory diet logs each week or else punishment workouts surely ensue.
The trainers at Tailored Fitness never turn away a client, no matter where he or she falls on the fitness spectrum. Beginners and advanced athletes alike are welcome at Tailored Fitness's boot camp, which includes both easy and challenging training circuits. And trainers make fitness accessible to everyone by putting meal and exercise plans online and scheduling one-on-one workouts.
ACSM-certified health fitness specialist Gladimir ?Glad? Simeon believes exercisers need three specific things to stay in shape: support, guidance, and action. At Glad Health & Fitness, he leads a team that fulfills each of those necessities through weight-loss support groups, wellness workshops, and group fitness classes.
The studio enables visitors to earn a good sweat in a variety of ways, including high-energy Zumba, cardio kick-boxing, or yoga and mats pilates sessions. Glad's lectures and workouts are open to individuals of all fitness levels ranging from beginners to competitive athletes and kept small to offer personal attention. Sixty minute classes are designed to constantly challenge members towards fat-burning results, as an effort to help people reach their fitness goals.