As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Shortly after turning on Waterchase Boulevard, drivers are met by the Waterchase community's large white clubhouse. Inside, certified personal trainer Ryan Anthony draws from specialized training in interval fitness regimens, fat loss, and lean-muscle gain to push residents and nonresidents alike into sleek, muscular shape. The gym and fitness studio hosts personal-training sessions and group classes such as boot camp. Outside, exercisers can access a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an open field that is perfect for sports and mowing.
Throughout 45-minute cardio-heavy workouts, certified instructors call out encouragement over the infectious, high-energy music as small groups torch calories during stationary-cycling classes. Exercisers of all fitness levels bestride the shiny fleet of Schwinn cycling bikes, riding at intensity levels suitable to their abilities. Instructors encourage patrons with individual attention, motivating them in a supportive small-group environment that fosters camaraderie and accountability, unlike divvying out the final loaf of bread to fellow survivors stranded on a desert island. While speedily pedaling away, patrons build strength and endurance to videos playing on high-definition screens backed by a heart-pumping surround-sound system. In addition to the exhilarating cycling classes, the studio also challenges patrons with yoga and TRX group-training classes.
Translated to English, pura vida literally means "pure life," a mantra that the instructors at Pura Cycling Studio operate under daily. With popular tunes pumping through the studio's speakers, they lead groups of fitness enthusiasts through challenging, yet fun indoor cycling sessions. Morning Burn classes wake muscles up with 45 minutes of interval training, and Escape classes provide a 60-minute getaway through various climbs and stretches of flat road. When classes end, Pura transforms calories burned into charitable deeds, as the studio donates portions of its proceeds to the conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.