The staff at Island City Health & Fitness empowers clients mentally and physically with opportunities for self-guided workouts, trainer-led sessions, and group fitness classes. Guests can hop on the center's cardio equipment to jump-start heart rates, or test out an arsenal of Cybex and Hammer & Strength weightlifting machines to help keep muscles as defined as a black hole's silhouette. For clients seeking guidance, certified trainers with extensive knowledge of human physiology support guests in their fitness endeavors by leading individualized workouts. Camaraderie fuels workers-out during small group classes, available in a variety of styles including yoga, strength, and cardio interval-based sessions.
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.
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.
Lifting coach Pablo Roman, a four-time Cuban national champion and world championship finalist, calls CrossFit Muscle Farm his office, as does a staff of accomplished athletes and coaches. Together, they lead CrossFit classes, high-intensity workouts that change regularly but always rely on serious conditioning moves, such as dead lifts, pushups, walking lunges, weighted chin-ups, and burpees. Though noted for its challenging nature, CrossFit can be scaled to exercisers of all ability levels and ages.
In 2013, Body Couture Pilates & Fitness was voted Best Pilates Studio by Local 10 thanks to its grasp on Joseph Pilates' workout technique. What's more impressive is that Body Couture Pilates & Fitness, a facility that isn’t overrun with treadmills and barbells, was also voted Best Gym. Instead, the staff relies on popular fitness classes such as TRX suspension training, Zumba, and Couture Barre, which blends ballet and Pilates into an intense workout.