Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Stuart CrossFit designs classes that are unusual and fun, challenging students to flip tires and pull heavy sleds. Certified instructor Gina Galiano, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, found herself floundering as workouts became boring and tedious. A manifestation of the antidote she discovered, today Gina leads what she calls "eclectic" boot-camp sessions that change from week to week. By keeping the workouts fresh, she hopes to prevent participants from becoming bored and dangerously pretending their dumbbells are hand puppets. Based in cardio and strength training, Gina's 45- to 60-minute workouts eschew fitness-machine doldrums for weight work and exercises that elevate heart rates.
Waves tumbling across sand is one of the most relaxing sounds. It is appropriate, then, given the name of her studio, that instructor Sue Wattenbarger has a soothing voice that doesn’t disturb the sense of calm in a room full of yogis. She calls on that calm demeanor, along with more than 200 hours of training, to guide students through restorative yoga classes. Sue specializes in lymphatic classes that help circulate fluids in the body and strengthen the immune system. The staff there is also experience with guided relaxation massage and yin yoga, which uses longer poses to increase mobility in the joints or make hiding in the National Mannequin Museum all day easier.
Workout America echoes with the sounds of a typical gym, clattering weights and purring cardio machines. There is also the chatter of patrons sweating their way through CrossFit-style functional workouts, one-on-one training sessions, and small classes in the boutique gym. The wide range of equipment at the gym can provide a complete workout, unlike a job guessing how much rocks weigh.
An official CrossFit training facility, CrossFit Port Saint Lucie builds powerful bodies with exercises inspired by gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and track and field. Safety-focused trainers lead group workouts that crackle with camaraderie and one-on-one sessions that enlighten participants with custom exercise routines and nutritional guidance. Both types of sessions brim with CrossFit moves such as box jumps and handstand pushups, challenging participants to run faster and stomp antique tea sets harder. In addition to conditioning muscles for sports, functional training with kettlebells and weighted push sleds preps bodies for the lifts, bends, and shopping-cart drag races of everyday life.
Certified CrossFit trainer Rob Davis and his team of trainers rely the system's on muscle confusion and functional strength workouts to boost the fitness of students of all ages, sizes, and experience levels. At CrossFit Triple D?where the three D's are desire, discipline, and dedication?free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls occupy the space between patriotically painted walls. Members push through routines both inside and outdoors, completing obstacle courses that include everything from tire flips to sled pushes. Each class time offers your choice of a Bootcamp workout or CrossFit workout. Workouts also rotate daily, ensuring that muscles never tire of strength, cardio, and endurance routines that might include everything from situps and jump rope sessions to box jumps and burpees. Rob and his trainers aim for a healthy balance between guiding individuals and fostering teamwork, often reminding recruits that "we can't make you want it, but we can help you get there."