At Training at Maximum Effort, trainers certified by the Russian Kettlebell Club lead strictly kettlebell classes to help clients burn calories and shed pounds. During classes, students combine resistance work with cardio techniques, hoisting the kettle-shaped weights in swings, cleans and snatches, squats, lunges, and dead lifts. Whether they're held indoors or outdoors, the classes work quickly; many students notice increased strength and core stability in just a matter of weeks.
At CrossFit Miami, it's not rare to hear encouragements and instructions shouted English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Founded by Sao Paulo native Marcio Pizanelli, the gym and adjoining capoeira school boast an international staff of certified instructors hailing from Brazil, Venezuela, and the United States. Marcio and his team promote hard work and competition during each energizing workout, which might include weight balls, rowing machines, pull-up bars, or any other piece of the gym's extensive arsenal. Basic classes emphasize proper form for CrossFit's central lifts, and daily workouts keep muscles guessing with a variable blend of conditioning, strength training, core workouts, and getting chased by a terrier with gross, muddy paws.
When former project managers from Bally's, World Gym, Crunch, Guess, and Clinique realized the need for a women's-only gym in the world of fitness, they joined forces to create the Elements Diet and Fitness program. This fitness regimen depends upon three primary ingredients to help ladies of all stripes get into shape: smart-card workouts, personal-lifestyle coaches, and group-fitness classes. European-built smart-card equipment uses a personal-identification card to remember each member's name and personal settings, slowly advancing the difficulty of a workout and tracking individual progress. Personal-lifestyle coaches establish a report with their clients, through which they send constant motivation, support, and fitness instruction. Finally, group classes encourage self-discovery through fun fitness experiences such as performing candlelight yoga, training in tai chi, and belly dancing while taking a Myers-Briggs assessment.
Jeozette Latorre didn’t stop after earning her ISSA personal training certification. The dedicated owner of F4 Boot Camp went on to claim certifications in the TRX Suspension Trainer, as well as in TacFit—the official training program for federal law enforcers, US Marshalls, and the US Army. Yet, Jeozette doesn’t expect her boot camp clients to take down criminals or arm wrestle the mayor. Rather, she has one simple goal for her students: to live a more fulfilled life.
F4's indoor and outdoor women’s boot camp classes have played a part in numerous success stories, ranging from weight loss to nixing the need for blood-pressure medication. Classes, which convene four days a week, incorporate TacFit-inspired calisthenics and body-weight exercises into an intense 45-minute workout designed to not only torch calories, but also boost moods. “We’re trying to introduce TacFit to women so they can be more physically and psychologically prepared to handle stress,” says Jeozette.
Whether they're toting around excess fat or carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, Jeozette's students can become physically and figuratively stronger during the camp's constantly changing workouts, supplemented by customized meal plans that outline what to eat along with how to chew and swallow.
There is no doubt that television’s recent love affair with dance-themed reality competitions has stirred a desire to learn ballroom dancing. Miami’s Salsa Lovers is the place to locate your newfound moves, with its vibrant neon sign and hot pink studio walls that beckon trained dancers and novices alike. The dance studio is festive and fun, leading to packed classes that range from beginners to masters, with each learning to move from certified dance instructors. The studio hosts monthly practice parties to give members a chance to practice what they’ve learned in their weekly group classes or private lessons. The studio also offers kids classes and Zumba Dance workouts for a nice change of pace.