Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
Dance World is a dance fitness studio offering a large selection of popular dances taught by professional instructors. A fun and exciting alternitive to the gym, dance fitness combines the benifits of exercise with the fun of dance and music.
Perched in wrought-iron chairs at a gleaming marble bar, students and artists sip coffee, sharing inspiration and plans for upcoming projects. Nearby, Tampa Bead Cafe's instructors preside over a range of jewelry-crafting materials, which provide the necessary hardware to follow up on the grand artistic plans under discussion. Beneath the terra cotta–hued walls, shelves brim with beads, metal chains, and wire, as well as less conventional media such as metal clay and polymers.
The staff guides visitors along racks of bracelet and necklace supplies, and exclamations of happiness drift from a classroom, where teachers introduce specific styles, such as kumihimo. Students to use real tools such as pliers, cutters, and magnifiers to intimidate their jewelry into making itself, and most courses end with the creation of piece for pupils to treasure. A roster of guest artists, who have included polymer-clay artist Christi Friesen and Maria Rypan, lead style and material-specific workshops.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.
Patricia Junqueira's passion for helping people get fit may only be eclipsed by her passion for fitness itself. Patricia began running when she was 18 years old and since then, she's competed in seven Ironman triathlons–including two World Championship appearances in Hawaii. Using her bachelor's degree in physical education and physical therapy, Patricia fuses her two passions inside Tri-Life Training, an airy, but private fitness studio.
Working alongside a group of certified trainers, massage therapists, and other experts in the field, Patricia engineers personal training programs that establish realistic goals for clients, while measuring their progress along the way. Her team can also help prepare athletes for more intense competition, such as triathlons or races across the ocean floor.
At Science of Strength, owners Eddie Juica and Travis Kuykendall build dynamic workouts using kettlebells, Olympic lifts, and functional training. Suspension training with Jungle Gym XT suspension straps makes clients work with their own body weight, building core power as well as ligament and tendon strength.