An official CrossFit training facility, CrossFit Port Saint Lucie builds powerful bodies with exercises inspired by gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and track and field. Safety-focused trainers lead group workouts that crackle with camaraderie and one-on-one sessions that enlighten participants with custom exercise routines and nutritional guidance. Both types of sessions brim with CrossFit moves such as box jumps and handstand pushups, challenging participants to run faster and stomp antique tea sets harder. In addition to conditioning muscles for sports, functional training with kettlebells and weighted push sleds preps bodies for the lifts, bends, and shopping-cart drag races of everyday life.
Cupcakes Fitness’s supportive, flirtatious fitness classes strengthen physiques and build self-confidence for women of all body types and fitness levels. Pole-fitness classes welcome novices into beginner sessions and challenge more experienced dancers with upside-down moves more alluring than bedazzled tube socks, while Piloxing classes burn fat and sculpt muscles with a blend of Pilates and boxing. Fitness sessions ranging from Cardio Flirt, a dance class that culls moves from music videos to Bellydance Fit, a sinuous fusion of belly dancing and Egyptian dance, torch calories while carving long, lean muscles.
Under the supervision of a board-certified physician, the professional staff at Physician’s Weight Loss Centers helps clients work toward overall wellness while shedding pounds with their six specialized weight-loss programs. After a consultation with a certified staff member, each client is assigned to the program best suited to his or her goals, current health, and willingness to put up with a stack of pancake’s “I miss you!” text messages. Programs can also be augmented with regimens of supplements and vitamins, including the fat-targeting agents of vitamin B12 injections. Not merely satisfied with supplying menu plans, the staff offers behavior-guidance plans, counselors, and medical consultations to ensure clients fully embrace new, healthful behaviors.
Students of all levels glide through Mi Salsa Caliente’s 800-square-foot studio space during energetic salsa classes led by enthusiastic instructors. In beginner sessions, fledgling hoofers grasp basic foot patterns such as the side rock, the back rock, and the weightless moon rock to the tune of infectious beats. Intermediate and advanced hip swayers build upon existing skills by adding more complicated steps, such as the Besito and the Siete Moderno, to their repertoires. Advancement to the next level requires salsa scholars to be able to confidently demonstrate their dancing skills and know the names and hand signals of each turn without stitching cheat sheets into the hems of their skirts.
Certified CrossFit trainer Rob Davis and his team of trainers rely the system's on muscle confusion and functional strength workouts to boost the fitness of students of all ages, sizes, and experience levels. At CrossFit Triple D?where the three D's are desire, discipline, and dedication?free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls occupy the space between patriotically painted walls. Members push through routines both inside and outdoors, completing obstacle courses that include everything from tire flips to sled pushes. Each class time offers your choice of a Bootcamp workout or CrossFit workout. Workouts also rotate daily, ensuring that muscles never tire of strength, cardio, and endurance routines that might include everything from situps and jump rope sessions to box jumps and burpees. Rob and his trainers aim for a healthy balance between guiding individuals and fostering teamwork, often reminding recruits that "we can't make you want it, but we can help you get there."
After training for weeks, runners take their positions at the starting line, wait for the signal, and adjust the regulation sombreros attached to the tops of their helmets. Upon hearing the starting gun, they all bolt forward?only to tumble into a pit that puts them neck deep in oozy, disgusting, glorious mud.
Participants in the American Mud Race replicate this scene as they take on a 3- to 4-mile mud-filled obstacle course, all in the effort to benefit wounded veterans through the Home at Last Project by West Orange Habitat for Humanity. Afterward, racers bring home their mud-caked clothing and costumes to take revenge against their bathtubs, or they can replace them at the race site with a free T-shirt. Food and drink wristbands entitle their wearers to barbecue lunches and beer at the after party, where live music and DJs provide a soundtrack for dancing.