A fourth-degree black belt and international competitor for the national Cuban tae kwon do team, Alain Alvarez is no stranger to hard work. After retiring from international competition in 1998, Alain decided to turn his talents to training others through fun, inventive, and effective boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Each class maintains a furious pace, as students sweat and bound through body-weight exercises, sprints, agility drills, and anvil juggling. Sessions also integrate fun group activities such as tug of war, potato-sack races, and tag-team butter churning. Alain preaches that exercise can improve not just physical but also mental performance, and conducts classes on the beach, in a parking lot, or on the grassy fields of a local park.
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.
An accomplished player in his own right with six tournament wins and more than 20 top-ten finishes in his decades long PGA career, Sean Kicker synthesizes his competitive experience and teaching skills to share a variety of game improvement programs at The Golf Zone Learning Center. He and his staff of links experts offer instruction for players of all skill levels, including juniors as young as 5 and seasoned veterans. Programs range from 30-minute individual lessons focusing on driving or short game play to comprehensive analyses using video technology to provide instant feedback as well as a bounty of still images and video clips that help fill out audition reels for Caddyshack 3.
Since 1989, the owner and director of Jane Forman Tennis Academy has been linking racket rookies ages 3–16 with USPTA– and PTR–certified instructors to hone technique and learn important rules of the game. During the afterschool sessions, experienced tennis pros tailor curriculums to pupils' ability levels, demonstrating proper techniques that include proper positioning, the forehand and backhand, and the correct way to smash a walker studded with tennis balls over the net. Private lessons may be used by all ages and offer one-on-one training with Jane or another hard-court constituent, who imparts a how-to-guide to producing the most important fundamentals and intimidating grunts.
At each of Bike Tech's three locations, a staff of bike enthusiasts roams the floor, offering patrons recommendations for new two-wheeled transports and advice for repairs and upgrades on presently owned models. Each store's inventory spans the spectrum from apparel and accessories to new bicycles by top brands, such as Specialized, Scott and Cannondale. The team also offers services ranging from full custom builds down to basic washes, necessary when short on time or all of the local elephant trunks are out of order.