After teaching foreign languages and working as a sales rep, Alice Abrams realized that the biggest constant in her life—exercise—should be her next career move. Her 16 years of Pilates training prompted her to open Pilates of Boynton Beach, where she mans classes alongside her daughter, Elyssa Zion, and a squad of certified instructors. The curriculum shapes lean bodies with a variety of stretching and dance techniques. Mat and equipment Pilates work alongside Xtend Barre lessons to stretch muscles while improving posture, and Zumba classes incorporate festive music to fuel cardio choreography. All sessions, whether group or private, are meant to accommodate students of any skill level so long as they bring a permission slip signed by each vertebra.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
A multi-faceted gym and innovative training facility, The Gym 111 offers all that you'd expect from a gym, including treadmills, free weights, fitness studios, and classes designed to improve everything from your golf swing to your overall quality of life. However, its features expand far beyond basic exercise, starting with its impressive staff members who each possess a bachelor’s degree and national personal-training certification. Despite their comparable credentials, trainers Errol, Bill, Ashley, Brandon, and Jay are hardly interchangeable. For instance, tennis professional Brandon leads the gym’s sport-specific and functional clinics, helping clients improve everything from their tennis serve to their overall fitness.
Since not every gym member has a sports-related goal in mind, The Gym 111 also offers personal training and a full schedule of original group fitness classes designed to improve both cardio and strength training amid a fun and supportive environment.
Delray Fitness Health Club equips members with all the tools they need to chisel their physiques, including free weights, cardiovascular machines, and strength-training equipment. Visitors can swig liquid nourishment at the juice bar before they run on treadmills, hoist dumbbells, ride upright bikes, or join a pickup game on the basketball court. Following the lead of an energetic fitness instructor, exercisers sweat side-by-side during group fitness classes such as Zumba, power yoga, and cardio karate. The gym’s amenities also include locker rooms, showers, and a childcare area.
Self-made industry guru Alicia Sanchez, whose Favala Designs has been featured in fashion-week events in New York, Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe, shares her expertise with kids and adults at La Sewing Café. Her children’s classes fuel creativity by introducing wee ones to the notion of haute couture and teaching them sewing basics both by hand and on a machine before they start designing patterns of their own. Elsewhere in the studio, adults can be found making outfits and organic treats for their dogs or creating holiday-themed home projects.