Skilled salon artists at Island City Health and Fitness administer relaxing and refreshing treatments from within the combination spa and fitness facility. Each exfoliation scrub begins with a warm-water massage in an exclusive wet room, as jets of undulating H2O enhance circulation in the body while relaxing muscles and erasing memories of days spent opening hundreds of pickle jars. A spa staffer then brushes a choice of sugar or natural sea salts over the body, evicting dead skin cells and rejuvenating epidermises. With the signature scrub option, scalps receive a tea-tree-oil massage along with a gentle body massage, which concludes with a moisturizing lotion made of shea butter and rainbows.
The founder of Body Manors and an AFAA-certified trainer, Andrew LaRochelle packed his metaphorical suitcase with New England enthusiasm and kinesthetic authority when he moved to South Florida to lead group fitness classes at Body Manors. He specializes in teaching core-toning yoga for beginners and advanced practitioners, and also promotes the roasting of calories during cardio kickboxing and dance aerobics based on moves from salsa, hip hop, and “there’s a bat in this room.” Before opening Body Manors, Andrew trained his brain at the University of North Florida and UMass Boston, where he earned a master’s degree in public affairs. The minimalist studio in which Andrew plies his trade showcases a white interior bathed in natural light, which shines through picture windows onto hardwood floors.
Broward Dance Academy offers excellent technique training in a warm, encouraging environment. BDA trains students of all ages and levels in many different styles of dance. Classes start as young as 2 years old and continue through to adult technique and professional classes. Zumba, Stretch, and Adult Fitness also available.
Inside Bodytek Fitness, students of all skill levels use their own body weight to tone and firm muscles on TRX-suspension machines and Bosu balance balls. During Bodytek Fitness’s total-body fitness program, trainers spur clients along as they work with resistance bands, free weights, kettlebells, and rowers to improve cardiovascular systems and develop muscle definition. The one-hour workouts include 20–30 minutes of interval cardio to get hearts pumping and burn away the fat stores that cover up muscle tone. The rest of the 60 minutes is spent moving from station to station for new exercises that push through fitness plateaus by shocking the body much more efficiently than wearing your samurai armor to a Tesla-coil expo. Bodytek's other class offerings include yoga, spinning, and mat Pilates.
At Zumba W/ Obey 1, certified instructor Ramon Pardo gets toes tapping and bodies moving during fun Zumba workouts. Motivational music acts as a soundtrack to each session, fueling clients to perform dance combinations that help burn calories, tone muscles, and sculpt the body. Ramon is also certified to teach Zumbatomic classes, which are specially designed for kids and incorporate dance fitness, games, and high-energy music.
At MimsFit, certified personal trainer Chris Mims nudges exercisers toward their fitness goals during boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions. Whether his clients want to lose weight, build strength, or run through the grocery without being caught by the store manager, Mims’s full-body workouts include body-weight, kettlebell, rope, tire, and sledgehammer exercises. To fortify newly formed muscles, Mims also sheds light on what to eat during nutritional-counseling sit-downs.