Twenty-nine thousand square feet of space. Forty-five group fitness classes per week. Over 30,000 pounds of free weights. As impressive as the numbers may be, it's the attention to personal detail that the trainers at Ultima Fitness pride themselves on. They work one on one with clients to achieve specific fitness goals and lead classes ranging from the lighthearted fun of Zumba to the competitive intensity of cardio kickboxing. While parents work out with the trainers, the gym welcomes children up to 12 years old into the fitness fold with their kids' club, a supervised play area. Additionally, separate from the gym's 100 strength-training machines and 70 pieces of cardio equipment lies a women's only workout area, featuring much of the same equipment, only without the attached mustache combs.
Nestled inside Ultima's expansive studio, the 3,000-square-foot Xtreme Tae Kwon Do teaches the five-thousand-year-old martial art. In a flurry of fists and feet instructors host many controlled sparring sessions so that aspiring fighters can get used to the feeling of high-speed contact and learn to defend against attackers.
In one, fluid motion, an advanced student of Batto slashes his sword through the air. Gracefully, the live blade slices through a bundle of saturated straw—a dense target meant to simulate the resistance of a body or a stack of unpaid credit card bills. At Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai of Florida, Batto is one of two specialty programs that utilizes weapons in its training. But the facility doesn't rely solely on weapons to teach martial arts. While seasoned students may eventually choose to pick up a sword, Japan Karate-Do emphasizes mental focus and discipline above all. It’s a theme that carries through all of the facility's programs, starting with the Little Ninja program for kids aged 4–6. They offer junior karate, adult karate, and Okinawan weapon.
The tenants who occupy the 12-stall barn at Equestrian's First Place are being conditioned for a variety of specialties. Among them are fast-galloping barrel horses with names such as Pleasure and Mystery, as well as steeds, including Sonyadore, who has been trained for Western-style trotting and English-style reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Under the direction of stable whiz Sarah Brown, this Royal Palm Beach horse hamlet introduces newcomers to the saddle and helps longtime owners overcome training challenges. Each of the stable’s certified trainers possesses an attentiveness to horse psychology and to the nuances of horse-human interaction. Using that expert knowledge, they create cues that owners can use at home to turn their rambunctious ponies into appropriately calm carousel employees. They welcome all levels of riders for beginners’ lessons and for tune-up training.:m]]
In 1989, many golfers found that their drives got straighter, their swings became smoother, and their overall scores dropped significantly. The reason? Jamie Hanson had become a PGA Golf Professional and started teaching golf students. The expert is still at it today, currently working at Forest Oaks Golf Club—an 18-hole par 72 course where the water hazards never contain any sea monsters.
Florida Firearms Training teams up with five gun ranges spread across the Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Depending on the course taken, the staff can rent handguns, shotguns, or rifles.
Florida Firearms Training's state-, NRA-, and military-certified instructors abide by the philosophy that with ownership of firearms comes great responsibility. With this in mind, they cover safe gun handling and loading in tactical and defensive courses for pistols, shotguns, rifles, and specialty weapons.
Staffed by professional fighters of several styles such as professional boxing trainer Lou Martinez and American Top Team Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and UFC trainer Marcos da Matta, Palm Beach Boxing whips pugilists into fighting shape with a crammed calendar of classes. An official Spinning facility, Palm Beach Boxing pushes indoor cyclists to their limits, preparing them for a season of indoor soccer playing and indoor sunbathing. Meanwhile students can roughhouse in their own way with Brazlian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, and other classes of eight to 20 people, for both children six years old and over and adults, employing rows of punching bags, speed bags, and weight machines.