Founded by Ronny and Nancy Dubinsky, Big Ron’s Yoga hosts intense hot-yoga sessions for all skill levels. The 100-minute classes guide students through a dynamic workout that, much like racing a slinky down the stairs, progressively strengthens muscle groups across the entire body. Heating ducts keep the practice space’s temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, loosening muscles for deep stretching and encouraging detoxifying perspiration as the air-purification system circulates a refreshing, pastoral breeze. Instructors proffer subtle postural modifications throughout the class sessions to ensure each student is suitably challenged.
Diane Schullstrom, owner and CrossFit-certified instructor at Space Coast Adventure Boot Camp, draws on more than 25 years of fitness-industry experience as she leads her boot-camp classes. Schullstrom and her staff host the sessions—small in size for individual attention—in three different parks for scenic workouts. This program has been running strong for the past six years, and welcomes students of all fitness levels by providing modifications that increase or decrease intensity. While parents sculpt fitter frames, children over age five are welcome to play in the park.
Flipping tires, lugging fire hoses, and lifting weights are an everyday occurrence at IHB CrossFit. Husband-and-wife trainers Melanie and Camden Drake—who are both certified in CrossFit Level 1 and higher—design new workouts every day that present new and exciting challenges to IHB CrossFit’s athletes. The workouts seldom repeat and often include exercises such as running, rowing, weight lifting, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.
Marcela Bowie](http://gr.pn/HDuQsB), a licensed doctor of Oriental medicine, sifts through her mental cache to select just the right treatment, collected over years spent abroad interning at hospitals in China. She pools her experience with that of the staff neurologist and expert yoga instructors to realign minds, bodies, and over-doffed top hats. Marcela administers Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to ease myriad ailments, such as anxiety, aches, and pains. For routine maintenance, she and a convocation of yogis lead 75-minute yoga classes that range from rigorous Vinyasa Flow to Gentle Yoga for all levels.
At Control Results, members work out in a modernly appointed studio, complete with a fresco of Da Vinci’s The Creation of Adam on one wall to remind patrons of the physical ideal they’re shooting for. Along with passionate and certified trainers, the gym boasts a staff that includes a consulting physician, a physical therapist, and a registered dietician. Trainers work to jump-start healthier bodies for new customers, as well as offer sport-specific conditioning and coaching for competitive bodybuilders.
Joao Amaral is so tough, he teaches cops how to fight. The head coach at the Brazilian Top Team (BTT) studios in both Boca Raton and Boston, Amaral boasts a resumé that includes training law-enforcement departments and winning in tournaments such as the Brazilian national championships. At the Boca Raton facility, Joao and assistant coach Matt Janzer lead group and private classes that include both gi and no-gi Brazilian jiu-jitsu; the former is a grappling technique that aims to give smaller people the leverage to take down a larger assailant, and the latter is more like traditional wrestling. BTT's muay thai classes, featuring a style of boxing often used in cross-training with jiu-jitsu instruction, can be adapted for those interested in competitive fighting or for those simply looking to get fit or learn self-defense.