AACrossfit co-owner Oscar Castillo knows what it means to be tough. As a firefighter and paramedic, he often has to push his own body to the limit in order to keep his community safe. Along with a team of highly-trained coaches, he helps others push their own limitations in order to improve their bodies and sports performance, and develop a high level of self esteem.
Membership with AACrossfit gives a group of up to 40 students access to exercises that are always new and surprising. By keeping the activities varied, the coaches aim to build strength and condition bodies in every way possible so that students can one day reach their goals, whether that's lifting 250 pounds or just losing enough weight to fit back into their wedding track suit. To help students on their journey, AACrossfit also runs a blog that keeps members moving with new workouts of the day and alerts them to upcoming local CrossFit competitions.
Recognizing the interdependence of fitness and martial arts, Thump Fight Gym & Fitness Center married the two, inspiring patrons of all ability levels to hone their combat skills while making strides toward an overall healthier lifestyle. The trainers and certified exercise physiologists lead martial-arts classes including boxing, muay thai, and jujitsu, challenging fighters to face off in the regulation-size boxing ring or the half cage?which has proven inadequate for housing feral exercise bikes. During each class, students burn calories and learn practical and potentially lifesaving self-defense skills. To supplement the combat training, the instructors also lead yoga and Pilates classes, spinning, kettlebell training, and CrossFit classes. The gym also accommodates solo workout routines with a weight-training zone and functional fitness equipment such as oversize tires and climbing ropes.
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 senseis at CTX Evolution Academy teach the martial arts, but their lessons extend beyond just punches and kicks. Their classes also help kids build confidence, foster self-discipline, and develop anti-bullying techniques. In a large mirrored studio with colorful padded floor mats, instructors teach martial-arts classes for kids, teens, and adults, as well as fitness classes such as Zumba.
The instructors of Palmetto Bay Crossfit only teach one fitness class. That's because their inclusive sessions combine several forms of exercise into one comprehensive workout that strengthens the entire body. Each class melds strength training and gymnastics exercises with cardio and coordination techniques that nurture bodies, and the general structure of classes ensures that students of all fitness levels can take part. Additionally, each class incorporates sports-like competitions between students as a way to build camaraderie and get rid of any trophies lying around. Classes are further bolstered with nutritional guidelines.
A dull thud shakes the padded floor as Ronny Lindsay drops a barbell after demonstrating squat thrusters to his student. All around him trainers bellow motivation, and the air is damp with the sweat of men and women of all ages powering through the workout of the day. This scenario plays out daily for Bruno and his team of trainers, each of whom holds at least a CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification and listens to a soundtrack of workout grunts on a loop before bed.
The trainers introduce exercisers to CrossFit gradually. They start by teaching On Ramp fundamentals classes and then roll out the workout of the day, which typically includes a nonstop sequence of exercises such as sprints, lunges, and pull-ups. Aside from the daily workout, the trainers oversee a specialized CrossFit Football program, which was created with guidance from an actual professional football veteran.