Based on empirical research and used by professional athletes, including the Florida Marlins, the CrossFit program propels its practitioners toward extreme fitness. CrossFit 101 is a set of eight classes with a no-nonsense but accommodating attitude—all exercises can be modified to take physical limitations into account.
At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.
Variety is the spice of life, and the instructors at Ironflower Fitness exemplify it. The women's only fitness studio schedules 30 different kinds of fitness classes, including ballet barre, Pilates, and kickboxing. Sultry classes such as Stripperella, chair dancing, and pole dancing double as fun group activities during the studio's private parties. In the event that all of the blank billboards in town are taken, exercisers who want to show off their physiques can schedule a boudoir photo shoot at the studio.
Combining the rough-and-tumble feeling of a traditional boxing gym with the amenities of a modern fitness center, Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club helps exercisers access the gritty toughness hidden within them. Taught by dyed-in-the-wool boxers, group boxing classes impart the fundamentals of Lord Queensbury's sport while simultaneously burning calories, strengthening the body, and improving stamina. Those looking to step up their game can head to one-on-one training and supervised sparring, testing their mettle against their fellow students and really mean punching bags. Spinning classes round out the offerings, offering an aerobically intensive alternative to the ring.
Born into a showbiz family, it was only natural that Conni Gordon of Conni Gordon Arts Foundation, Inc. would wind up on TV. She debuted her original act, entitled Draw Your Own Conclusions, in front of 50,000 US Marines during World War II, prompting her to bring her talents to a larger audience via programs on TV networks such as PBS, NBC, ABC, and CBS. Her unique four-step system, which she has demonstrated on The Tonight Show, allows students to create their own original works of art in one hour without relying on presketched material.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.