Like most naturally athletic people, Meredith Feinberg was accustomed to being good at every sport. And yet when she took her first yoga class in 1992, she just couldn't seem to make her body do what she wanted, so she gave up after a few weeks. Then she suffered a debilitating injury that prevented her from participating in other sports. Determined to keep moving, she gave yoga another try, and kept at it until it became easier and easier. She loved it so much that she founded her own studio, Yoga Svana.
Here, she teaches Vinyasa-based classes that combine traditional exercise and yoga and pump up clients with energetic music spanning several decades and genres. Her homey, welcoming studio also offers more than 30 classes a week in Vinyasa flow, prenatal, Kundalini, and Dharma yoga. Yoga Svana even offers kids yoga classes, helping youngsters achieve the level of flexibility necessary to fold themselves up and hide in their lockers during boring school assemblies.
Fitness industry veteran Dulcinea Lee Hellings's goal is to bring a high-quality, effective exercise regimen to people who don't love big gyms or can't afford personal trainers. In 2004, she realized that mornings could be used for more than hitting the snooze button over and over for two hours, and founded Boot Camp "Morning Crunch!" to help fledgling exercisers whip into shape.
She designs her all-levels programs to be scream-free morning motivators⎯the first stop in her patrons' journey of daily accomplishments. The fast-paced, ever-changing circuit of strength and cardio exercises keeps bodies guessing and minds from becoming bored. Each of the boot camp's 12 outdoor locations has a different dedicated trainer who gets to know each student personally, remembering their names and memorizing any interesting freckle patterns. They complement their morning routines with a smattering of evening options for those who prefer to work out after the day's activities.
Getchasome Charters' Captain Jimmy Wickett, a US Coast Guard–licensed captain, spent more than 18 years honing his sea legs and snagging snook, tarpon, and sharks amid the glistening coastal regions of Florida. Whether children or adults, beginner or tournament fishers, Wickett's guests all benefit equally from his seasoned expertise as he helms his charters and guides them through the scenic waters of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Florida Keys. During sunny daytrips, Wickett extols upon the wonders of the ocean while helping seasoned passengers make boast-worthy catches and fledgling fishermen learn how to bait a fish with promises of a starring role in an animated-movie franchise.
At Adventure World Skate & Fun Center, kids and adults alike entertain both muscle and mind-matter in through a variety of heart-pounding activities. In the laser tag arena, players strap on receivers, holster a laser-emitting gun, and re-enact the galactic phase of the Crimean War on a phosphorescent battlefield. Competitors have the option of playing the four 10-minute games consecutively or spacing them out to fuel grudge matches or plan for potential roommate border disputes. With an additional admission fee ($3–$6), zapped compatriots can take backward victory laps around the skate rink ($3 skate rental) or purchase tokens to conquer the arcade room.
While navigating the ocean’s aquatic avenues on a pontoon boat from Doctor Jet Ski & Boat Rental, up to 10 passengers can indulge in some of the same amenities of a convertible sports car. Each vessel has a bimini top that slips down to let in sun rays, a sound system for pumping music, and space for dogs to stick out their heads to catch the breeze. However, the wraparound seating and spacious swim platforms remind passengers that they're at sea, and pop-up changing rooms allow them to transition into their bathing suits so they don’t have to wear laminated street clothes. Full- or half-day rentals provide enough time for pontoon boats to travel to any of the three sandbars near the marina for intimate, oceanic getaways.
For a more low-key ride, the company’s Yamaha WaveRunner rentals satisfy needs for speed for up to three riders at a time. Children can hold on to adult drivers as jet skis leapfrog waves and rocket through frothy spumes during bouts of splashy entertainment.
With a name like Sport Kids Miami, you'd expect to find classes focused on physical activities such as karate and rhythmic gymnastics. But you might be surprised to find that same facility hosting classes in topics like Lego-building and drawing. At Sport Kids Miami, it doesn't matter what kind of activity your kids want to do—only that they be given the opportunity to do it. Classes, which cover everything from ballet to boxing to molding, help children improve their gross motor skills and seek out a new passion, and also lead to benefits such as increased confidence, better coordination, and acceptance into a cooler group of imaginary friends.