The Punta Gorda Club unleashes muscular potential with an on-site nutritionist, a well-equipped gym, six clay tennis courts, and more than 80 group fitness classes each week. During a one-on-one nutrition consultation and dietary analysis (a $99 value), the club's food guru will discuss each client's eating habits, then draft a written meal plan that outlines what flavors of Twinkies they're allowed to eat. Additionally, an unlimited one-month membership (a $90 value, including enrollment fee) lets patrons loose to toughen tendons on the gym's playground of cardio machines, free weights, and step-aerobics teeter-totters. Members can also choose from more than 11 types of group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and Pilates, to tone their tummies in tandem or swat serves on six clay tennis courts.
Serendipity Health & Racquet Club is more than a gym. The word gym evokes a sterile room surrounded by mirrors, where the sounds of clanking weights and grunting weightlifters fill the air. Nestled in a gated community, Serendipity lives up to its soothing moniker with an elegant, airy facility on the edge of a placid lake. Inside, a spacious fitness club presents members with a full circuit of Cybex Eagle weight equipment, free weights, and cardio machines illuminated by natural light flooding in through wraparound windows. Outside, members can practice their serve on 19 Har-Tru tennis courts, or turn laps in the heated Junior Olympic–size pool.
At Crossfit Sarasota, exercisers of all levels can find a CrossFit or CrossFit–inspired program to fit their fitness goals. The CrossFit workouts integrate kettlebell training, basic gymnastics, power lifting, plyometrics, and running, among other forms of exercise, to help patrons to increase their muscle mass and endurance while sculpting svelter physiques. The instructors adhere to the mantra that “routine is the enemy,” leading students in a different routine each class with the Work Out of the Day. The varied regimens keep muscles from getting too comfortable, rendering workouts ineffective, and also keep patrons motivated, versus running on the same old treadmill or running from the same old man-eating tiger every day. In addition to guiding guests through the high-intensity exercises, Crossfit Sarasota’s trainers administer nutritional advice and wellness information to extend health benefits beyond the studio.
Sarasota Wind and Water Adventures gives adventurers the vessels and knowledge to plunge boldly into the surf, providing paddleboard, kayak, and waterski rentals as well as lessons. Fishing trips set sail for open water with a Coast Guard-certified captain and all of the tackle necessary to hunt for kingfish, triggerfish, and the vengeful ghosts of scuba divers, while sunset cruises let passengers experience the wonder of voyaging directly into the heart of the sun.