OptimalFit Pilates Studio proprietress Vilija Conley has amassed a wealth of health and fitness credentials—she holds a Level 5 certification in Romana Pilates, a Level 4 certification in YogaFit, and a personal-training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Armed with the six principles of Pilates, Vilija guides students through a series of movements that lead to physical well-being, better posture, and a level of body awareness that's like a vivid dream about fighting your doppelgänger.
Yoga teacher Peter Calin adds his 30 years of experience in Hatha, Ashtanga, power, and Bikram yoga to the studio's arsenal of classes and techniques. In addition, Vilija and Peter invite visitors to shape and tone muscles with specially designed equipment from spin bikes to sophisticated Gratz ladder barrels, spine correctors, and Wunda chairs.
Corpo's classes are taught by 20 experienced instructors, with five different yoga disciplines to choose from. Channel the power of Greyskull with Anusara, which combines body alignment with the positive, light-hearted philosophies of Tantra, or become a human spider with the eight-limbed path of Ashtanga, which uses a fast-paced, intense combination of positions to connect body, mind, and mat. Mysore yoga uses the positions of Ashtanga yoga, but leaves the pace up to the practitioners, creating an atmosphere of inward reflection and exercise. Vinyasa yoga synchronizes breathing and poses to form a vigorous, body-stretching routine based on the Sun Salutations. Meditation, also one of the five principles of yoga, allows students to gain mental clarity, improve concentration, and discover one's insides.
Located in the newly restored historic Coral Gables Country Club, Liberty Caffe serves freshly baked pastries, crisp salads, and local Florida orange juice. Behind a lit glass case stuffed with crisp salads and buttery croissants, baristas pour foamy cappuccinos at the coffee bar and scoop cups of house-made gelato made from traditional Italian recipes and garnished with fresh strawberries and hazelnuts. Diners can slide into tables facing a row of open, arched windows overlooking the country club's manicured landscape of green grass, swaying palm trees, and fist-shaking groundskeepers.
The certified instructors at Physiocore Pilates sculpt and contour their clients with a robust schedule of classes that bolster flexibility, endurance, and core strength with precisely controlled exercises. During semi-private core cardio circuit sessions, between four and six students work through a dynamic routine that employs Pilates equipment including jump boards and cardio trampolines, rotating students from machine to machine like a fat-burning game of musical chairs. Heart rates rise and muscles tone up during challenging moves, and versatile equipment ensures that students can tailor the difficulty of their workouts without compromising technique. Morning and evening sessions throughout the week cater to busy schedules, although all classes require advance reservations as well as a tattooed reminder of the date and time.
At South Miami Physical Therapy & Pilates, founder Michele Gust and her staff of instructors help clients combat pain and strive for healthy living with a program that combines Pilates and physical therapy. Gust helps improve guests' bodies and minds with the expertise she has displayed as a physical therapist for professional basketball and tennis players, and the butlers who carry them around their mansions. Whether clients are recovering from an injury or simply getting into shape, the classes seek to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate any pain lingering since Firefly was cancelled.
Inside Bikram Yoga Falls's heated practice space, students of all experience levels bend and stretch through Bikram yoga's 26 postures for a challenging yet stress-relieving workout. During the 90-minute classes, instructors lead up to 50 students through a regimented series of poses paired with two pranayama breathing exercises. The classes are designed to increase strength and flexibility while decreasing the body's tension level, clearing the mind of stressful events such as catching the family dog reading your diary. The routine is performed in a studio heated to temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark, coaxing muscles to sink deeper into stretches and ousting the body's toxins through sweat.
Achieve a rock-solid body without feeling like Rocky with today’s eye-of-the-tiger side deal: for $90, you get five Gravity Power Pilates classes at Pilates One in Coconut Grove, a $200 value. These classes are structured in a group setting and led by certified and dedicated instructors.