The instructors at Perfect Balance Fitness & Martial Arts Training strive to create a happy marriage between Eastern and Western philosophies. Master Al Agon draws from the discipline and fitness ideals of ancient martial arts techniques and modernizes them with instruction tailored to help kids build discipline and focus in school and professionals cope with stresses at work. To earn a black belt, students must exhibit devotion not only at the gym but also in other important aspects of life, such as relationships and school work, striving toward a lifetime of fitness and overall contentment. In addition to the martial arts program, the venue also hosts intense kickboxing classes in which students pummel punching bags until they agree to share the secrets of withstanding a pummeling. One-on-one personal training sessions also adhere to Agon's training philosophy and are tailored to help clients meet their individual wellness goals.
Captained by seasoned yogini Bertha Diaz, Firefly Hot Yoga caters to beginning, intermediate, and athletic cross-training students with heated and unheated classes. The studio's schedule delivers a variety of classes, including Power Vinyasa sessions, which beckon attendees with an elevated thermostat and a dynamic sequences of poses. The poses help students bolster stamina and concentration, and the heat detoxifies cells and leaves muscles as relaxed as a hammock in zero gravity. Eschewing the heated practice space entirely, Gentle Therapeutic yoga enlists slower-paced, restorative poses that soothe chronic pains, baby injured muscles, and buoy postures with such props as blankets, straps, and teddy bears stuffed with marshmallows. During private lessons, instructors tailor their teachings to each student's skill level, along with their fitness and relaxation goals, taking time to ensure proper postural alignment for maximum yogic benefit. Enlisting an arsenal of advanced stretching techniques, yoga props, and suspension apparatuses, private lessons imbue attendees with an understanding of form and control that can prepare students for their everyday yoga practice or bimonthly yoga duels.
A contemporary fitness program popularized by celebrities such as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Goo Jumps classes find students strapping into shock-reducing Kangoo Jumps shoes for a high-energy, low-impact cardio workout. Rebounding elliptical frames beneath the shoes' soles ease contact between joints and the ground as exercisers run, do squats, or throw temper tantrums because their clothes have gotten too big for them. The reduction of trauma to the joints and muscles can facilitate exercise regimes for those suffering from arthritis, sports injuries, and other physically restrictive conditions and also may help correct posture and promote better balance.
If you want to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu the way the Gracie family wanted it taught, go to Carlson Gracie Miami Jiu Jitsu. There, Michel "Buiu" Porfirio Pereira, who has received certifications from both the American and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federations, teaches classic Brazilian jiu-jitsu to youngsters and adults. If you're a member of the Gracie family who wants to branch out, the martial arts studio also offers programs such as muay thai kickboxing, capoeira, and self-defense, which teaches students how to neutralize attackers.
Equipment: balance equipment, TRX, free weights, functional equipment
Students should bring: Water, towel, and athletic clothes
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Make sure to eat at least one hour before coming to the class.
The voices of certified personal trainers Zach Marcy and Alex Villegas boom across their fitness studio and outdoor parking lots, driving students through the high-intensity exercises of boot-camp classes throughout the week. Drawing from years of personal-training experience, the pair leads imaginative workouts that aim to hurdle students over weight-loss plateaus, adjusting movements to accommodate each student's level of fitness. In addition to workouts, trainers provide students with a fitness- and body-fat assessment. Clients can also attend Synergize Boot Camp’s bimonthly fitness seminars.