Located in the center of downtown Palm Beach, Palm Beach Waterfront Fitness Club is a busy gym with 7,000 square feet of space on the water. This luxurious club has everything its clients need to reach their fitness goals: on-staff certified personal trainers, a limited member base that reduces wait time on machines, and indoor and outdoor group fitness classes. Members can work up a sweat on the cardio or strength-training equipment, then head over to the smoothie bar for a protein shake before checking out the rooftop atrium. The club’s location, 24/7 access, and free parking make it easy for its busy members to never miss a workout.
Fluctuations in stress levels and health often go often hand in hand, and addressing one without the other can mask but not eliminate problems. Knowing this, the staff of licensed massage therapists and aestheticians at Absolute Wellness Spa works to cultivate a tranquil environment in which relaxing treatments address both bodily and mental health at the same time. Those treatments, which include massages, healing acupuncture, and mud wraps, draw on Western medical practices and Eastern philosophy to better approach wellness issues from a variety of angles. In the studio, quiet music plays to relax patrons, and fountains burble softly like a scuba diver trying to tell a secret.
On the "Our Story" page of Twin Power Yoga's website, owners Ann and Ali express their belief that "by sharing yoga, we share ourselves." They know something about sharing—they're twins, after all, which they believe connects them spiritually as much as it does physically. At their West Palm Beach location, these siblings and their fellow instructors help participants of all experience levels explore their own physical and spiritual relationships to the world around them through Twin Power's style of power yoga. In heated studios with colorful walls and hardwood floors, instructors lead postural sequences that build both strength and cardio conditioning. Between flows, they emphasize meditation, helping practitioners let go of the competitive demands of daily life and pet beagles they already regret teaching to talk. This alternation between highly physical postures and awareness of breath encourages students to listen to their bodies. Classes always end in meditation, giving participants time to sit with whatever feelings their practice awakened.
Under the expert guidance of Dr. Dadurian, the staff at MD Beauty Labs harness the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistline, back, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water-slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
In their 6,000-square-foot gym, the certified coaches at The CrossFit Squad lead classes through a series of daily workouts designed to work all muscle groups in a single session. They change up the routine each day to prevent the boredom of repetition, and since the CrossFit system employs functional movements in exercises, they prepare participants for all physical activities—from sports to work to daily chores. To accommodate their members, the gym is equipped with showers, as well as a kids’ room so parents can bring their little ones with them.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology from Texas State University. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 17 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of any age and fitness level through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2012 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Bootcamp 2012 from Austin Fit Magazine .