My Gym children's fitness center, which currently has more than 325 international locations, began more than 31 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp around. This dedication to imparting the benefits and fun of fitness still earns acclaim today; in 2014 alone, My Gym was named the best children's fitness center by Entrepreneur magazine.
My Gym's popularity stems from its signature program, which helps children from 6 weeks through 13 years of age develop their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. This development unfolds in the centers' fun classes, which teach kids fundamental skills through music, dance, games, sports, and more. In addition to boosting physical attributes such as balance, coordination, and strength, these fun classes also teach kids important social abilities, as well as boosting their self-esteem. Classes are run by the warm, energetic crew of teachers and supervisors at the Jacksonville branch. Team members also understand the value of the hands-off approach; the center offers practice & play sessions dedicated to unstructured (but parent-supervised) play time.
Just Fitness 4 U Jacksonville has equipped its three locations with myriad machines, amenities, and classes. Its group fitness classes shake up fitness routines as instructors model Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves to the thudding base of global party hits and Hot Hula classes get hips swiveling to island rhythms.
The Baymeadows location's cardio equipment is equipped with cooling fans and personal screens that show high-definition cable TV. Guests also can refresh at the smoothie bar, pump up their muscles on Star Trac and FreeMotion strength-training equipment, and furiously peddle while admiring a vibrant graffiti-style mural by a local artist in the cycling room. Plush leather couches and a waterfall welcome members to the Mandarin location, whereas the Southside location summons guests to watch movies and chase after screen villains atop Cybex equipment.
All three locations entertain exercisers with either Cardio Theater equipment or a cardio cinema. The staff screens action-packed flicks such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Man on Fire, and Avatar and promises not to weep openly during the emotional scenes.
Pulse Fitness Center is owned and operated under the direction of board-certified physicians who know that nutrition is as critical for good health as knowledgeable staff and the latest equipment technology. A team of personal trainers—which includes a former professional football player and a former physical readiness instructor for the U.S. Army—guides fitness seekers toward their personal goals. The team counsels students on dietary habits and points them to machines with the Smart Key digital memory system, which, like a robot butler who has been around since childhood, remembers guests' personal preferences and physical activities. The center's TechnoGym equipment entertains patrons with personal TVs at each station, and an overhead sound system keeps the 10,000-square-foot space pumping with free weights and FreeMotion equipment.
Guests can drop kids off for childcare before classes ranging from TRX suspension training to Zumba sessions with dance moves set to Latin-inspired music. Licensed professionals at the medically directed center provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the in-house Harland Rehabilitation Clinic.
Mindful Motion Yoga's eight certified instructors cultivate an accepting atmosphere inside the studio, sure, but they also bring classes outdoors for yoga by the tree, which places students amid nature's oxygen factories. As they help their students to boost strength and flexibility, these dedicated instructors also help students to release tension during Basic, Gentle, Power, Restorative, Yin, and Kids Yoga classes.
The team opens most of its classes and workshops to students of all levels, as well as dogs, since they have a copyright on their downward pose. An instructor will modify each posture for beginners and advanced students alike. To further immerse their dedicated students in this enlightening practice, they hold a comprehensive teacher-training program registered through the Yoga Alliance. Mindful Motion Yoga also supports several charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Girls, Inc., and Christina Phipps Foundation, which owner Terri Morrison co-founded.
To conquer a rockface is to overcome both mental and physical fatigue, and while everyone must make their way to the top on their own, every climber is part of a community. That's why The Edge Rock Gym has such a wealth of offerings, both on and off the wall.
Of course, the main draw at The Edge is its 8,000 square feet of climbing space. There, seasoned rock masters and neophytes alike can find plenty of opportunities to test their skills with top-roping, lead-climbing, and bouldering areas. To keep things interesting, nationally certified setters frequently update the routes. And those looking for structured classes can learn safety skills and rock-scaling techniques from experienced climbers.
But building a community requires more than just high ceilings and long ropes. That's why The Edge Rock Gym also fills it schedule with a host of fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, and TRX. And between climbs and classes, visitors can just hang out and unwind at the foosball and ping-pong tables.
Jump PT’s personal trainers and instructors fearlessly lead the way on a quest for fitness with students or adults of all different body types, be they athletically trim or overweight, 11 years old or 60. During group classes, the instructors focus on arming students to excel in the company's 10 domains of fitness, which include such pillars of health as strength, coordination, stamina, and balance. Alternatively, they can customize personal-training sessions to help clients meet their personal goals. They even travel to homes and offices to conduct sessions with students or adults in the privacy of a familiar environment. Once healthy habits are established in class, the instructors can recommend meal plans to accelerate results. For those who miss a class or can’t make it to the gym that often, the staff fills its blog with daily exercises, the occasional fun picture from the gym, and videos of cats with ripped abs.