Under the hard-nosed direction of former NHL defenseman Trent Yawney, the Crunch rumble toward the regular season's end determined to make a buzzer-beating push into the Calder Cup playoffs. Through 62 games, the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate has built a 27–27–4–4 record behind the sharpshooting prowess of Patrick Maroon, who sits tied for fourth in league scoring with 65 points. Passing on the temptation to make his mark by repeatedly licking a favorite spot on the bench, rookie center Peter Holland has established himself with 21 goals, and veteran netminder Iiro Tarkki's pad blocks and glove snags have added up to well more than 1,000 saves. Punishing checks and whistling slap shots draw the approval from approximately 7,000 Crunch fans, who can use breaks in the action to track down mascot Al the Ice Gorilla and reiterate that the time for buying a new igloo condo is now.
Before he became the owner and head trainer at CrossFit Prestige, Arthur Santos played professional minor-league baseball for the Red Sox, Braves, Royals, and Mets. Arthur, who is also a tae kwon do black belt, saw his life change dramatically when he tried his first CrossFit workout. Fast-forward to the present, and now Arthur and his team of CrossFit-certified coaches introduce new athletes to the CrossFit community and help them achieve their fitness goals.
In their gym—which looks like an industrialized fitness warehouse—a pull-up rig occupies an entire wall as droves of students cling to it during the Workout of the Day. Gymnastics rings dangle from the rig’s suspended bars, and bumper plates stack up on the wall and entice students to perform moves such as overhead squats, cleans, and deadlifts. Because CrossFit stresses varied fitness, WODs rotate every day, just like the moon’s sleep playlist. Today students might be performing dips on gymnastics rings, and tomorrow they might face challenges such as push-ups, kettlebell exercises, rowing, or medicine-ball throws.
The experienced trainers at Streamline Vibrations Studio believe excellent fitness is within reach, and their studio is dedicated to helping clients get the best workout possible in the shortest amount of time. The gym features Power Plate training devices, which create whole-body workouts—the plate's base of instability and vibration causes all muscles in the body to work harder. The cutting-edge fitness center also offers group fitness classes on Power Plate and TRX machines, as well as personal training.
Established for more than 30 years, Olympia Gym is more than just a fitness facility with cutting-edge equipment and classes—it's home to family-oriented staffers who truly go out of their way to help others. Owners Delia and Peter Cicale have sought out new and innovative ways to get people into shape, such as Hoist Roc-It machines that adjust to users' movements, kids' karate classes, and Power Plate vibration training that enhances the ability to high-five a jackhammer operator. Their training services are performed by industry experts, including a kickboxing champion and second-degree blackbelt, and they employed Beto Perez as an instructor before he created the international dance-fitness sensation known as Zumba.
But beyond the gym's impressive list of credentials are real, compassionate people. In 1998, the Sun Sentinel documented that the Cicales and their generous aerobics and spinning students raised more than $3,000 in a single Labor Day for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. More recently, the couple hosted three annual events to support breast-cancer awareness. And an article in The Miami Herald reported on two staff members' cross-country bike journey to raise funds for and increase awareness about Parkinson's disease. The trip was planned by Roy Roden, who suffers from the neurodegenerative brain disorder and still works at the gym part time, and his wife Lynn, who is a personal trainer. Gaby Senior specializes in training people with illnesses or age-related concerns such as osteoporosis. Whatever your fitness and health struggles, the gym's down-to-earth crew is likely to understand them.
From a raised platform, an energetic dancer calls out moves as he shimmies and shakes in time to the music that blares from surround-sound stereos. Lights strobe and flicker across the large studio, and guests follow along to the instructor’s dance moves—welcome to Powerumba dance fitness. In addition to Powerumba, the instructors also lead a variety of other classes including kickboxing, Pilates, and boot camps.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
The semi-private training program at Synergize! makes grueling workouts enjoyable and motivating. Renowned personal trainer and owner, Shondelle Solomon-Miles spent eight years in an underground bunker developing these small group personal training sessions, which include circuit and interval training and focus on fat loss, weight management and body sculpting. Shondelle believes most workouts lack enjoyment, which she remedies by providing fun, creative workouts that, like third-grade marriage proposals, engage students. Whether trying to lose a post-baby bump or striving to work off of the recent holiday hump, the semi-private training program will ensure that Synergizers make headway on their goals, avoid tussles with overeager paparazzi, and live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Offering a variety of classes from morning through evening during the week as well as Saturday mornings, maintaining fitness has never felt so low-maintenance. Consult the Synergize! website for more information.