Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod, cut your workout time in half, or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
Frills equal distractions when it comes to working out. That's according to the certified trainers who own CrossFit Hardcore North, a member of the gym family named the sixth-best in America by The Active Times. That's why none of their classes involve fancy treadmills, designer rubber bands, or high heels. Instead, classes feature trainers such as Dr. Adam Locker leads students through group classes and personal-training sessions, and seasoned coaches who oversee each participant, monitoring progress as they deliver safety tips and words of encouragement.
Gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises such as handstands and muscle-ups build lean muscle mass, and plyometrics foster agility and stamina. Many sessions also incorporate running or rowing to raise heart rates and melt calories. In addition to sculpting lean muscle, kettlebell training cultivates flexibility with focused squats and swinging motions. Instructors also instill in their clients the CrossFit style with functional movements that aim to boost strength, power, and coordination.
Workouts take place in warehouses and other spartan spaces that embody a cultivated lack of the bells and whistles that often masquerade as fitness essentials. Here, basic tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and weighted sleds get the job done for a wide range of exercisers, from absolute beginners to advanced athletes.
Certified trainers Charley and Nat aren't fans of the typical big-box gym experience. They have their reasons: gyms are crowded, people don't wipe down machines after they're done, and the actual results of workouts can vary wildly. Another, more compelling reason is that they've simply found something better. It's called CrossFit, and it works.
Inspired by CrossFit's focus on functional strength, Charley and Nat opened CrossFit Navigate and began turning others on to the workouts. In each punishing session, they combine exercises such as squats, rope climbs, and tractor tosses to work out every major muscle group. They scale these exercises to challenge virtually any fitness level, from beginner to expert.
Florida Firearms Training teams up with four gun ranges spread across the Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Depending on the course taken, the staff can rent handguns, shotguns, or rifles.
Florida Firearms Training's state-, NRA-, and military-certified instructors abide by the philosophy that with ownership of firearms comes great responsibility. With this in mind, they cover safe gun handling and loading in tactical and defensive courses for pistols, shotguns, rifles, and specialty weapons.
Be prepared to do pull-ups, push-ups, dead lifts, and other functional exercises at CrossFit Semtex, since, as the name suggests, the facility's trainers adhere to CrossFit's regularly-changing workouts. During each daily workout, exercisers are given a series of functional exercises and encouraged to complete them as intensely as they can. Due to the workouts' functional nature, they can be scaled for nearly any fitness level, and due to their penchant for change, they can help exercisers overcome nearly any fitness plateau that doesn't involve being locked in an ice cream factory.
Brandon Cornelius has been an athlete his entire life, but it wasn't until he had finished playing college football that he decided he wanted to devote himself fully to helping others get in shape. That's when he became certified as a personal trainer and started BranNewBody, the company through which he's developed an intense workout that's helped hundreds of people lose weight and build muscle. There's more to his method than the workout, however; he also doles out nutrition advice and designs workout plans people can do on their own or with him during one-on-one sessions.