Athletic Factor Gym & Fitness Center's 20,000-square foot interior is a fitness-fanatic's paradise. Here, visitors can leisurely pump free weights or climb aboard the expanse of professional cardio machines. Meanwhile, ample studio space hosts martial arts classes, still leaving enough room for guests to exercise with their personal trainer. Between sweat sessions, visitors can replenish electrolytes or power up with protein smoothies at the juice bar, which is stocked with an array of shakes, energy drinks, and healthy snacks.
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.
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.
In 2000, Jacqueline Amendola, owner of Pixie Fitness, strutted her way into the title of Exotic Dancer magazine's World's Sexiest Showgirl. As a headliner, she mastered all manner of inversions and twirls, keeping in peak physical shape as a personal trainer of 12 years. Today, she leans on this experience to lead pole-dancing classes and a variety of group fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, and sensual dance.
To give her studio a competitive edge, Jacqueline has employed master instructor Derick Pierson, who won the American Pole Fitness Championships in 2011. An ex-cheerleader with a background in competitive tumbling and amateur high-fiving, Derick trained at the South Florida Circus Arts School and studied under US Pole Dance Federation pro Allison Sipes before going on to win multiple championships in the art form.
A self-described no-nonsense fitness studio, The Loft Gym's trainers focus on one thing and one thing only: getting their clients in great shape, quickly and safely. Inside the airy, lofted space, treadmills and weight machines await visitors along with handful of classes such as yoga, Zumba, and tai chi. The line-up also includes an intense boot-camp course, which encourages new students to work at their own pace until they can eventually complete the class from start to finish without stopping or quoting Stripes.