The certified instructors of Miss Fits Fitness Studio, Inc. are indeed misfits in the gym industry, as they steer clear of exercise machinery. Instead, they rely on dynamic, female-centric workouts to condition muscles and burn calories. Their curriculum covers Mommy and Me, Zumba, yoga, Pilates/boxing, and dance—including choreography from current music videos. And although the studio rejects machines, it employs a variety of specialized equipment. Kangoo jump boots, for example, enable students to leap and bounce during low-impact cardio routines, and dance poles provide the support for sultry moves that also tone the body.
A trio of Inside Out Studios inspires balance and tones muscles with gentle, dance-inspired, and weighted workouts overseen by a ladies’ only staff in open, air-conditioned spaces. Pilates practitioners unite quick, rigorous movements with deep, controlled breathing to fortify the core and lengthen the frame. Similarly, barre fitness wields a traditional ballet mainstay as a crutch for moves that challenge both the inexperienced dancer and the retired jewelry-box performer. In TRX suspension training, students employ dangling straps to build strength with body-resistance exercises, boost flexibility, and chisel the core. High-intensity kettlebell classes coalesce cardio, balance, and toning with handled weights that exercisers hold during squats, spins, and triple-axel jumps. Each class style’s page lists its schedule, with classes available from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Native Yoga Center's founders, Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, have shown young yogis how to reap the benefits of bending and balancing in four countries: the United States, Australia, Thailand, and India. Their diverse international experiences inform each of the studio's challenging classes, which are scheduled every day of the week, except for days of the new moon or full moon or when the moon has to stay home and wait for the Internet guy. Stretchers of any skill level can attend 60-minute Vinyasa sessions, which highlight gentle movements, meditative breathing, and proper alignment, or 90-minute Ashtanga classes, which aim to increase muscular strength and balance. Native yoga classes take place in a warmed room to promote greater focus, encourage detoxification through sweating, and help students locate the frozen-fish-stick burglar based on escalating aromatics.
As its name suggests, Barefoot Yoga Studio takes a laid-back approach to yoga, a traditionally laid-back mode of physical expression. Even students without extra funds are welcome to attend classes, and are asked to just place whatever they can in the donation box. The studio wants to ensure that no one misses out on a Hatha or flow class at the studio, or a beach yoga session on the shoreline.
The seasoned instructors at Pilates & Gyrotonic Jupiter guide students through machine-assisted Pilates exercises to sculpt limbs and fortify cores. Teeming with nearly 20 weekly classes, the studio’s schedule accommodates pupils of all fitness levels and short division abilities. At one-hour Pilates sessions, groups of up to six students explore Pilates Reformer machines and Wunda chairs, whose spring-fueled tension resists students’ moves to help build strength, balance, and flexibility during that day’s selection from hundreds of muscle-conditioning exercises in the Pilates repertoire. Like taking a carousel ride with a master chiropractor, Gyrtonic workouts revolve around circular movements that align the vertebrae. Weights and pulleys endow Gyrotonic towers with modifiable resistance that flattens abs and shields joints from impact.
On the "Our Story" page of Twin Power Yoga's website, owners Ann and Ali express their belief that "by sharing yoga, we share ourselves." They know something about sharing—they're twins, after all, which they believe connects them spiritually as much as it does physically. At their West Palm Beach location, these siblings and their fellow instructors help participants of all experience levels explore their own physical and spiritual relationships to the world around them through Twin Power's style of power yoga. In heated studios with colorful walls and hardwood floors, instructors lead postural sequences that build both strength and cardio conditioning. Between flows, they emphasize meditation, helping practitioners let go of the competitive demands of daily life and pet beagles they already regret teaching to talk. This alternation between highly physical postures and awareness of breath encourages students to listen to their bodies. Classes always end in meditation, giving participants time to sit with whatever feelings their practice awakened.