Since its founding 90 years ago, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg has shaped the lives of its members and the direction of its neighborhoods with a full fitness facility and a commitment to community programs and services. The not-for-profit organization stimulates active lifestyles with pulse-hiking equipment and amenities including a 25-yard heated pool, waterslide, and indoor climbing wall. More than 90 weekly group aerobics classes inspire members to torch calories or conquer fear of jumping jacks in a supportive team environment, whereas a children's activity room keeps younger members aged 3 months to 12 years safe and occupied. A vast collection of cardio machines maintains healthy heart rates, and a gymnasium with two basketball courts helps members prepare to win games of horse or quash rebellions led by sentient peach baskets.
Platinum Twirl Pole Fitness’s instructors cater to exercisers looking for an alternative to the average workout, leading them through confidence-boosting pole fitness classes designed to work the whole body. They introduce novices to the fundamental moves, such as the fireman spin and martini spin, in the basic pole fitness class before building upon foundations in the intermediate and advanced classes. In addition to offering pole fitness courses and private lessons, they teach other fitness classes, including Zumba, chair dancing, and co-ed total body strengthening sessions with free-weights. They also host parties for bachelorettes, gal pals, or elderly knitting circles in search of new and exciting ways to celebrate a night out.
It's been more than two decades since Dr. Kopelman started practicing podiatry, but the entire Kopelman family has been maintaining the health of St. Petersburg feet for more than 40 years. Board-certified in podiatric surgery and wound care, Dr. Kopelman makes house calls when he's not analyzing toes' dreams in his own three offices, in multiple emergency rooms and hospitals, and in clinics across the region. His comprehensive treatment catalog covers orthopedic, disease, skin, and nail issues, and the practice's retail component makes it a one-stop shop.
The Zoom! teeth-whitening system enlists light-activated gel to infiltrate enamel and wash away agents of dental dinginess. At the outset of the procedure, a friendly staffer fits flappers into a plastic mouthpiece, walling off gums, lips, and low-hanging mustaches from collateral bleaching. Each chomper then gets glazed with Zoom!’s proprietary whitening formula and bathed in concentrated light. The beams transform the gel from ineffectual goo into a potent ambrosia that gently dismantles stains left from coffee swilling and eating too many peanut-butter-and-tar sandwiches. Throughout the procedure—which typically lasts around an hour—clients can recline in Obrochta Center’s cozy chairs, listen to music, or even watch television as the Zoom! treatment renders ivory parabolas up to eight shades brighter.
Studio Central's Shila Tirabassi graduated from The Juilliard School and danced professionally for 12 years. This gave Shila intimate knowledge of the body's potential for athleticism and injury. When she turned to yoga as a means to offset the aches of dance practice, her experience soon inspired her to earn an instructor certification. Today, Shila teaches her students during small group classes that cover yoga and mat Pilates fundamentals, welcoming visitors of all experience levels to learn balance, posture, and how to breathe through the ears. She takes advantage of Pilates apparatus for her private sessions, which can also focus on ballet barre maneuvers or pre- and post-natal workouts.
Invented in 1999 by fitness instructor Tim Ganley, KaYoga combines two invigorating workouts with beautiful scenery and adventure. KaYoga students embark on a three-hour trip, starting when they slide into a Tim Ganley kayak, then paddle it from Ft. Desoto to one of the pristine nearby barrier islands for an hour of yoga on the beach, which is preferable to yoga in a tar pit. Called "an inspired fusion of pastimes" by the Times of London, KaYoga is as invigorating spiritually as it is physically. On the kayak journey, it's not unusual to encounter dolphins, an occasional manatee, other sea creatures, and celebrities who are preparing for their roles as talking kelp.
In the 25 years that Spine & Sport Therapy owner Dr. Timothy Johnson has been working to vanquish pain in his native Florida, he's never had to prescribe harsh medications or perform surgery. Instead, he relies on the patient's body to do the healing. Together with his partner Dr. Erin Mitchell, he performs non-invasive spinal adjustments and massage therapies designed to trigger the body's self-healing abilities and correct a range of issues, ranging from headaches to recurring nightmares about a sumo wrestler dressed like a giant baby.