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.
During Coconut Creek Adventure Boot Camp, the staff lead students through energetic workouts held in local parks and outdoor venues. They keep sessions interesting by constantly varying exercises, featuring running and boxing one day and obstacle courses and jumping rope another. The fitness specialists also provide students with dietary advice.
Every visit to the more than 3,100-square-foot CrossFit Coconut Creek is bound to have a surprise or two. Every day, the instructors concoct a new combination of strength-and-conditioning exercises in the Workout of the Day, which could include pushups, lunges, box jumps, burpees, and sprints. No workout is the same, and each exercise can be scaled to match an exerciser’s fitness level. Newbies can get a running and jumping start to CrossFit with help from Fundamentals classes.
Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes will work your body in ways it's never been worked before by balancing the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing stretching of stretching. Each 55 to 60-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through the perfect blend of the ballet barre, weight training, and limber Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs while burning fat efficiently and blocking out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon overtake us on the food chain.
At Boca Fit Body boot camp, the enemy is predictability. Up to eight times a week, the instructors throw down a fresh guerrilla ambush’s worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged in supportive classes with an average of 10 to 12 participants. Over the course of a 45-minute session, you may run, jump, lift weights, slam out push-ups and chin-ups, chase chickens, punch slabs of beef, and end with a live crocodile wrestle.
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 and Rachel Batista who lead 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. In addition to adult classes, the coaches train kids aged 4 and older using CrossFit workouts scaled to different levels of strength, endurance, and giggliness.