At Strong Frame Fitness, 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.
The trainers at Beach Bunny Bodies slim down their students with one-hour boot-camp sessions and nutritional advice. Their sample diet plan suggests that women eat wholesome, small meals that maximize protein intake and minimize play-doh consumption. Exemplary eats include hard-boiled eggs, low-fat yogurt, and fruit kebabs. Their classes accommodate women of all ages and sizes, who spend 60 minutes performing circuit workouts, functional training, mat exercises, and short-distance running, among other challenges. Instructors make motivation the centerpiece of their campaign to improve the health of their students. Over the course of about six weeks, participants may see tangible results as dramatic as a reduction of two dress sizes or one performance of Hamlet in which Hamlet wears not one but two dresses.
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.
Since 1995, Salsa Lovers’ certified dance instructors have led classes for everyone from novices to master dancers. Along with salsa sessions, they also lead students through jazz, ballroom, tango, and other dances that obviate offbeat shuffling, finger pointing, and pretend texting at weddings.