The trainers at South Tampa Fit don't need machines or an overflowing member list to complete their mission. They prefer to conduct workouts with basic tools, favoring the floor over treadmills and kettlebell swings over fancy teakettle tilts. At the head of semiprivate and small-group programs, they remodel physiques according to their clients' goals. From the core-conditioning routines of boot camp to the Olympic weightlifts of Total Strength sessions, their exercise plans avoid monotony in pursuit of results.
Equipment: TRX equipment, squat racks, dumbbells, plyo boxes, Bosu balls, resistance bands
Students should bring: Water, towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
When a terrible car accident left him confined to a wheelchair, in constant pain, and battling weight gain, Dieuseul Berto vowed to rehabilitate himself from the inside out. He adapted a fighter's training regimen to his own limitations, and soon developed the Tiger Vascular program.
Today, at Tigers World Tampa, Dieuseul leads groups through high-energy classes that incorporate techniques of boxing, mixed martial arts, and self-defense. A carefully selected team of trainers joins Dieuseul, and each member of the faculty comes from a distinct fitness background. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that Dieuseul and his team also possess firsthand knowledge of what it takes to undergo dramatic physical transformation. They use that familiarity to connect with and inspire clients on a personal level to push them ever closer toward the peak of physical fitness, where the air smells faintly of sweat and all the birds are super-ripped eagles.
Within Elite Gamespeed’s sprawling indoor and outdoor training facility, fitness newbies and professional athletes—including Tampa safety Cody Grimm—stretch, lift, and sprint through varied fitness regimes. Crash pads line a 55-yard-long indoor turf field, where certified boot-camp instructors command exercisers to run, jump, and lunge their way to trim physiques. For more sports-specific workouts, indoor and outdoor batting cages launch spheres at batters, and competitors can increase their speed, agility, and ability to escape quicksand in the outdoor sand pit, which primes legs for acceleration, deceleration, and fancy footwork. Specially designed kids' programs boost tykes' motor skills and coordination with sports scrimmages, relay races, and team-building exercises.
In addition to its motivating trainers, Elite Gamespeed also staffs licensed massage therapists to assuage aching muscles and physical therapists to rehabilitate injuries and damaged egos. After a challenging workout, patrons can unwind on plush couches in the center's spacious athlete's lounge stocked with a 60-inch TV and PlayStation 3.
The certified personal trainers at Workout Time LLC help their clients reach peak physical condition during private and group training sessions. They design workouts best suited to each exerciser's fitness level and goals, combining cardio and strength training. Exercises incorporate a variety of equipment, such as free weights and stability balls.
Get A Grip Total Fitness’s certified personal trainer, Carrie Kukuda, pulls from her own weight-loss and exercise trials when coaching her students through kettlebell, boot-camp, or personal-training sessions. Her 45- to 60-minute boot-camp classes motivate exercisers through kettlebell training, TRX resistance work, running, and yoga moves to tone muscles and jump-start heart rates. In addition to exercise, nutrition guidance leads patrons in slimming down with heart-healthy and energizing meals that eschew bacon-wrapped donuts stuffed in bacon-wrapped donuts. Throughout all programs, Carrie inspires participants to soldier on with endless positive motivation and fitness tips for all types of students.