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.
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.
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.
At Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine Inc, acupuncturist Evelyn Lopez takes a whole-person approach to wellness. When she assesses patients, she factors in sleep patterns, diet, and emotional health, for example, and that attention to detail shines through in her acupuncture too. As she distributes hairlike, stainless steel single-use sterile needles along meridian points, she uses techniques that are geared towards balancing the body. This applies equally to sessions for physical ailments, such as back pain and PMS, and more psychological maladies, like anxiety. However, Evelyn isn't restricted to acupuncture treatments alone—when appropriate, she can also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, or tend to energy fields with touch-free reiki work.
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.
In addition to sabers, fencing coaches Dan Berliner wields a razor-sharp resume; Dan won the USA Fencing National Championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and is a former member of the USA Fencing World Cup team. At SON DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center, our coaches divulge their secrets during classes for students as young as age 4, covering everything from fundamentals to advanced techniques. As their pupils learn to parry and repost, the teachers strive to also impart less tangible virtues such as honor and the determination to read The Three Musketeers in its original French. As a testament to the duo's success, many of the center's past protégés have gone on to compete on the national circuit in numerous divisions.