CrossFit 4U declares itself a CrossFit boutique, in which students of all fitness levels can explore functional movements with personalized attention in an upscale training space. Within the brightly lit studio flecked by vibrant fitness equipment, the passionate instructors push clients through exercises that draw from actions relevant to real life.
The strenuous workouts prime bodies for everyday activities such as climbing stairs, yard work, and lifting heavy objects, such as newborn rhinos. Patrons hoist brightly colored weights and toss medicine balls, and they stimulate major muscle groups with pushups and squats. Each class introduces a new Workout of the Day, which burns calories and swells strength levels at an intense but scalable pace. To supplement CrossFit choreography, staff members also dispense nutrition tips for more wholesome eating plans to enhance workout results.
At Revo Crossfit, resistance bands twang and barbells clatter as students of all ages engage in increasingly challenging weight, resistance, and cardio exercises to build muscle, burn fat, and boost flexibility. CrossFit followers hoist barbells and kettlebells, sprint, lunge, leap, and fireman-carry their way to health. The varied exercises help them focus on their body's overall performance rather than boring themselves with the repetitive motions of running on a treadmill or throwing every one of a child’s Frisbees onto a roof. The Spartan gym space surrounds athletes with black chain-link fence, stacks of tires, high ceilings, and battleship-grey walls, a tough image that encourages hard work.
The Health Joint is a welcoming gym with strength training and cardio equipment, offering daily classes as well as gym memberships. Classes such as kickboxing, Zumba, and Spartan 300 help clients reach their fitness goals, from increased strength or weight loss to better overall health.
Certified personal trainer Les Bradley has fitness in his blood. In school, he participated in virtually every sport available. He ran track, jumped hurdles, and played the full triple crown of team sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Today he harnesses that boundless physical energy and can-do spirit to help clients in tailored personal fitness programs or through boot camps that torch calories with metabolic resistance exercises.
Whether it’s to get off blood-pressure medication or improve mile times for marathon running, the trainers at My Only BootCamp help clients set and meet specific fitness goals. Though they strive to keep workouts interesting, they readily admit that participants must possess and apply discipline and determination if they want to adequately prepare for Miami’s perpetual beach season. To ensure workouts are always fresh and no two days are identical, they draw upon their vast repertoire of memorized exercise techniques and their smartphones’ ability to Google.
For a lot of people, the encouragement of a trainer is the key to jump-starting a new fitness routine. But at Bring it Bootcamp, one trainer isn’t enough—during each of their sessions, multiple instructors are on hand to keep students inspired and supervise the safety of their techniques. Inside Bring it Bootcamp’s expansive building—a warehouse-style space with an energizing yellow exterior—groups circle up for rotating routines that might include anything from pushups to attempting to push the building 2 inches to the left. The flexible schedule has both morning and evening classes during the week, as well as a Saturday session.