Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
For more than four decades, Sunair Aviation has been training safe and technically proficient pilots as a professional flight training school stationed at Leesburg International Airport. An FAA-approved Part 61 program, the school recently acquired Part 141 certification as well, allowing it to train private pilots with its fleet of Cessna, Beechcraft, and Piper airplanes. Thanks to the collective experience of certified flight instructors and IFR-approved Garmin 430 avionic systems aboard each plane, the school boasts a safety record unblemished by so much as a wing paper cut.
In addition to offering students real flying experience, the outfit invites students to log flying hours inside its full motion Redbird FMX Simulator. Stationed safely on the ground, the apparatus surrounds pilots with wrap-around visuals and real avionic equipment. As the simulator rolls, pitches, and yaws, students encounter valuable practice with real piloting situations, but without the common flying hassles of long waits on the runway or floating toll booths.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.
Tracey Trambauer treasures the mind and body equally—she's spent more than 20 years studying spiritual approaches to living, as well as exercise, nutrition, and natural modes of healing. She combines this study of the mind and body at Still Lake Yoga, where she's the owner and master yoga instructor.
Her practice is rooted in the tradition of sivananda; this style of yoga focuses on 12 core poses and breathing exercises, and every session ends with a Sanskrit chant. But the studio explores all manner of yoga techniques and trends, including the trend of writing your crush's name all over your yoga mat. In addition to sivananda, classes include three other fluid styles of yoga and meditation that work to build flexibility and strengthen core muscles while inducing calm. To ensure clients of all physical abilities feel welcome, the instructors at Still Lake Yoga will adjust the pace of their classes, and they work to foster a relaxing, noncompetitive atmosphere.
When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.