With six locations across South Florida, Kickboxing Miami-Dade helps students hone their reflexes and tone their bodies through fun, high-energy training sessions that blend traditional workouts with martial arts. Pupils meet like-minded new friends as they burn fat through intense aerobic activity; build lithe, powerful muscles; and beat up hordes of invisible bad guys. Fitness-kickboxing techniques help clients break out of familiar workout routines, whipping them into shape by fully engaging their bodies and minds.
Maria T. Cummins was already an established chef when she moved to Miami and began teaching an after-school cooking program for children. Struck by how little her students knew about nutrition, she founded The Real Food Academy?formerly Cooking With Kids Miami?to instill healthy eating habits in her young apprentices. Here, she and her fellow skilled instructors lead classes and activities based around one simple philosophy: "we don't change the dish, we change the ingredients." During group sessions, birthday parties, and camps, Chef Maria and her team teach youngsters how to choose and prepare more nutritious, "real" foods, ensuring they avoid meals that are high in preservatives, chemicals, and plastic grapes. Non-edible offerings, such as spa days and kid-centric Zumba classes, promote healthy lifestyles.
An eco-friendly boutique and holistic wellness center, Sage Lifestyles inspires visitors to explore their spiritual side as they shrink their carbon footprint. Inside the boutique, guests can bask in the soothing scents of candles or leaf through books on topics such as organic cooking and green living. Vinyasa yoga classes meld ancient poses and breathing techniques into moving meditations, and chakra consultations can help clear bodies of energy blockages and accidentally swallowed Social Security cards.
Sol Box Fitness Club keeps itself lean: inside, you won't find crowds gathered around rows of shiny new equipment?the focal point of the room is the full-sized boxing ring, surrounded by cement floors and walls covered in professional graffiti. That's by design; the studio is a place where you come to focus solely on technique and fitness. During semi-private sessions, trainers teach students actual boxing techniques and proper body mechanics, such as how to throw punches, land jabs, and dodge t-shirt cannons. All the while, there's a soundtrack of funk, jazz, and hip-hop to keep up the energy levels. Above all, the atmosphere emphasizes hard work, positive energy, and lots of sweat to produce results?everything else comes secondary.
Through Live Free CrossFit's large front windows, exercisers can see the sunrise and the sunset. That's because trainers lead classes as early as 6 a.m., and all through the afternoon and early evening. As the sun does its own squats, students execute lunges, lifts, sprints, and jumps. A vast array of tools are used during the action, including plyometric boxes, barbells, pull-up bars, and gymnastics rings. The routine changes every day, keeping students on their toes and building muscle. The routines feature functional exercises performed at a high intensity. The functionality and variety leads to preparedness for all manner of physical challenges, be it climbing a mountain or climbing the stairs at the office. Trainers scale all workouts, making them accessible to participants from all walks of life and fitness levels. And for anyone new to CrossFit, they offer a Foundations class designed to get rookies off on the right foot.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.