A teaching veteran of more than two decades, Barry Fitzpatrick oversees The Academy at Plantation Preserve Golf Course's PGA-certified instruction program that helps students hone every aspect of their game. During initial evaluations, golfers uncover subtle flaws in their technique, from poor alignment to debilitating hitches in their backswings and celebratory fist pumps. In private sessions or in groups, students then work with Barry to improve their mechanics, covering the fundamentals of balance, grip, and posture while incorporating video analysis.
Within an expansive 18,000-square-foot gymnasium, leotard-clad children and adults spring from gymnast equipment, honing skills for tumbling and trapeze to dance and overall fitness. Nova programs transform all ages of bodies with lessons from current and ex-circus performers, and the staff opens their doors after school for kids to come and play while developing cognitive, motor, and social skills. The camps are a crash course in gymnastics—extremely useful when escaping bears in a wooded forest—and the gym hosts birthday parties by granting access to trampolines, bounce houses, and rock-climbing areas.
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 children's after-school program at Kumite Martial Arts focuses on the most important body part when it comes to self-defense: the brain. Students are either dropped off at the gym or picked up from school by one of its vehicles. They then settle into supervised study time, during which they read and complete their homework. Lastly, instructors lead them through martial-arts training that builds confidence, mental focus, and leadership skills.
The adults don't have to do homework, but they do learn a variety of techniques from the gym's head trainer and competitive kickboxer, Scott Mukaddam. He and his team cover jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing drills, thereby combining martial arts schooling with fitness workouts.
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.
You never know when someone might try to sneak up on you, but you can learn how to protect yourself. Just ask the instructors at Kickboxing Broward, who have found a way to combine an intense cardio workout with practical self-defense training. The studio's kickboxing classes turn exercise into a form of multitasking; students tone their muscles while learning how to take down opponents or suspicious-looking piles of wood.