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
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.
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.
Tampa CrossBoot's trainers invite students of all body types, skill levels, and ages to take control of their health through positive, team-centric outdoor workout camps. During classes, pupils employ a mix of cross-training and boot-camp techniques to boost speed, balance, functional strength, and agility, all the skills needed to become the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Workouts take place in nearby parks and green spaces so exercisers can breathe in fresh air as they burn off excess calories. Regimens allow participants to train at their own paces, scaling upward in difficulty as they introduce their muscles and cardiovascular systems to new, healthy challenges.
Being an exercise-science major and a certified personal trainer, Shore Fit's owner, Phil Gilchrist, knows how the body needs to move for it to get in shape. Using that knowledge, he and his staff motivate exercisers through one-on-one personal-training sessions. For those who prefer the rhythmic chanting of a group setting, the staff also schedules boot camps and fitness classes throughout the week.