The instructors at West Pines Athletic Club take personal stock in motivating their clients to reach their fitness goals. In addition to spotting power lifters in the weight-training area and doling out pointers on the spinning floor, they lead a diverse list of group fitness classes, from self-defense to hot yoga to CrossFit. In Wing Tsun classes, they teach guests to defend themselves by using their opponents’ force against them, while shouting one-liners such as "I'm rubber and you're glue! Everything you say to me bounces off and sticks to you!" The professional CrossFit trainers inspire students to break a sweat in CrossFit classes, in which they hurl medicine balls, heave kettlebells, and lift weights toward fitter bodies. As parents and guardians work out, they can rest assured that their youngsters are busy playing with blocks and games instead of 50-pound weights in the kids' club, for an extra $10 per month. The Organic Blends smoothie bar serves up freshly squeezed juices, organic smoothies, and healthy wraps to help athletes recharge.
From boot camp to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, spin class to capoeira, Knockout Zone's curriculum forks into several paths to fitness. And students are in good hands when it comes to their martial-arts education: the staff of decorated instructors includes former MMA fighter Jorge Pereira and Diego Devera, former champion of Argentina in light-contact karate. The studio's schedule also includes kids' programs in Tae Kwon Do and boxing.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
Through a program designed by professional MMA fighter Kendrick Miree, Fitness Through MMA offers 30-minute full-body workouts based on Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA striking techniques. Gym-goers rotate through a series of nine stations, quickly completing routines with various gym equipment, from jump ropes to heavy bags to medicine balls. The circuits maximize muscular endurance, switching from station to station every three minutes, and clients are sure to achieve their goals thanks to trainers that are on hand through each and every workout.
From a raised platform, an energetic dancer calls out moves as he shimmies and shakes in time to the music that blares from surround-sound stereos. Lights strobe and flicker across the large studio, and guests follow along to the instructor’s dance moves—welcome to Powerumba dance fitness. In addition to Powerumba, the instructors also lead a variety of other classes including kickboxing, Pilates, and boot camps.
At CrossFit North Miami Beach, there are no mirrors, overcomplicated machines, or juice bars. Instead, there are barbells, rowers, kettlebells, pull-up bars, medicine balls, and other back-to-basics gear. This setup keeps distraction at bay and fitness always in focus. Trainers help participants sculpt every muscle group using CrossFit, a system of constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. They foster a welcoming environment where daily workouts can be tailored to any person's abilities.