Courtney Kees’s introduction to Pilates was sparked not by a need to lose weight, but rather as a means to expand her range of motion as an actress. Ten years and two studio locations later, she shares the expertise she has gained by acquiring Pilates- and Zumba-instructor certifications with students of Studio Rubylake. For a change of scenery and a chance to connect with nature, Courtney also leads group Pilates sessions on Siesta Key Beach.
Led by martial artist Bill Essex, a Shaolin kung fu and tai chi black belt, Shaolin-Do Martial Arts trains children and adults in the time-honored Eastern discipline of combat. At Shaolin-Do, students can prepare to become black belts or train for competitions, but that’s never the main focus. Instead, the instructors hope to instill confidence and skill through a fitness activity they can practice for life. Shaolin-Do blends hard and soft arts to develop internal and external strength simultaneously. Along with kung fu and tai chi classes, students can also participate in month-long boot camps that incorporate martial-arts moves and other exercise techniques for full-body workouts.
Licensed Zumba instructor Beth Golden—who also holds certifications from the AFAA, Red Cross, and PADI—leads easy-to-follow dance routines inspired by Latin salsa, merengue, and tango moves. A soundtrack of high-energy tunes and rolling r’s keep students motivated as she helps them shimmy off pounds with or without the help of muscle-toning sticks. She regularly changes up her dance routines to prevent boredom and keep feet guessing. In addition to group classes in the studio, Beth hosts private Zumba parties, taking her portable speakers and headset to beaches, parks, offices, or clients' homes to liven up special events.
CrossFit Gulf Coast is an officially licensed CrossFit affiliate gym that's been operating under the no-nonsense ownership of Frank DiMeo since 2005. DiMeo, a certified CrossFit trainer and former SSG with the U.S. Army Paratroopers, encourages an attitude of total devotion to fitness, kindly challenging mental road blocks ranging from excuses to ill-advised peer pressure from bridge-dwelling trolls. Disciplined trainees test their mettle against nine vigorous class types, including women-only SheRox sessions and kettlebell-centric workouts.
We teach a Brazilian Martial Arts called Capoeira to all ages. It has culture, music and an amazing work out. We have an after-school program where we pick up 8 different schools and bring them to our facility to do Capoeira. We also have regular kids classes in the evenings and adults classes in the morning and at night.
Originally opening in 1969 with eight tennis courts and a humble trailer serving as a clubhouse, The Bath & Racquet Fitness Club has done more than endure over the decades. It has thrived. Currently, the club features 29 tennis courts??23 with clay surfaces and six with hard surfaces??as well as a 40,000-square-foot facility brimming with equipment and amenities. This allows the staff to cater to the community's needs and interests, providing an inviting, highly social environment where members can exercise on their own, attend a group fitness class, or even play a quick game of racquetball or squash on one of the indoor courts.
Free weights, ellipticals, treadmills, and a heated swimming pool with six lanes are all on hand for guests seeking a quick workout. With fitness classes available seven days a week, members can find a supportive group setting while they practice kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, TRX suspension training, CrossFit, and more. With the addition of amenities such as saunas, on-staff massage therapists, and a full-service restaurant, the club can also serve as a site for people to simply unwind and relax.
Tennis continues to be a major focus though, and The Bath & Racquet Fitness Club extends its welcome to everyone from casual players to serious competitors. The tennis pros offer lessons that cover the fundamentals of the game, introducing newcomers to the basics of scoring, volleying, and hitting a ball into low orbit. For the more experienced members, the club also offers in-house leagues that allow players to truly test their skills.