Based on empirical research and used by professional athletes, including the Florida Marlins, the CrossFit program propels its practitioners toward extreme fitness. CrossFit 101 is a set of eight classes with a no-nonsense but accommodating attitude—all exercises can be modified to take physical limitations into account.
Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery's board-certified surgeons harness the latest laser technology, including Smartlipo—a laser fat-reduction treatment that helps sculpt healthy, active bodies beset by lingering paunch. The all-inclusive package includes Smartlipo treatment on a choice of a small area, all pre- and post-op procedures, surgeon and operation-facility fees, any necessary recovery garments, and prescription laughter to aid recovery (a $3,500 value). Smartlipo enhances body contours less invasively and can result in faster recovery than traditional liposuction, and requires only general anesthetic to prep for a series of small, precise incisions, although local anesthetic may be used in addition if needed. In about 90 minutes per treatment area, a laser does its best Death Star impression on fat cells as a tiny tube gently sweeps up the debris. Simultaneously, the laser coagulates blood vessels to minimize bruising and swelling, and it may also stimulate collagen growth and result in a firmer, more toned appearance. Many patients resume normal daily activities such as washing the mail within a day, though strenuous physical activity should be avoided for up to 10 days. Most patients see results immediately and make complete recovery within a month.
One day, when she was out on the beach, Terri Cooper came upon and joined a free yoga class. She was so drawn to the idea of yoga for everybody that she soon founded 305 Yoga & Outreach. Fueled by karma yoga principles, Terri and her team of gurus create opportunities for people to “step into positive action and empower their lives” through the practice of yoga. To this end, Terri holds a free yoga and donation-funded class to create a studio where anyone can practice regardless of means. Profits from this class go to fund 305 Yoga’s nonprofit arm, Yoga Gangsters, which brings the multidimensional practice of yoga to youth suffering from trauma and poverty. 305 Yoga also serves as a yoga university, preparing practitioners to turn yoga into a career through three teacher-certification programs.
Variety is the spice of life, and the instructors at Ironflower Fitness exemplify it. The women's only fitness studio schedules 30 different kinds of fitness classes, including ballet barre, Pilates, and kickboxing. Sultry classes such as Stripperella, chair dancing, and pole dancing double as fun group activities during the studio's private parties. In the event that all of the blank billboards in town are taken, exercisers who want to show off their physiques can schedule a boudoir photo shoot at the studio.