Miami's Most In-Demand Personal Trainers
BY JESS SWANSON
Fight Club’s Tom Anthony working the mitts with a client.
This Golden Gloves contender and Fight Club trainer incorporates boxing with explosive plyometric bursts into his workouts, enhancing balance, power, endurance, and coordination. Having sparred with former IBF champion Glenn Johnson, Anthony is known to bring clients into the ring. Expect anything from mitt work to full-contact sparring. 120 NE 20th St., Miami, 305-573-7400
Founder of his own line of vegan energy bars and protein bars, Marco Borges eschews restrictive calorie counting and boot camps, and instead learns as much as he can about his clients—from their sleep cycles to guilty pleasures—to create an attainable route to fitness. With a background in exercise physiology, he knows the moves to get you there (just ask some of his highbrow clientele like Jay-Z and Beyoncé).
An Ironman triathlete and karate black belt since age 14, the ripped Lisa Gaylord is one of the country’s leading cardio and aerobic experts. With a high-energy “go get ’em” attitude, Gaylord offers one-on-one training when she isn’t teaching group classes at Crunch and Flywheel. She specializes in boot camp, cardiovascular health, kickboxing, martial arts, and healthy eating. 786-942-5472
Experienced in biomechanics, Fast Twitch Performance Training owner James Meder has worked with NFL, NBA, MLB, and Olympic athletes. All clients receive an evaluation and customized training plan, which is put into action in his new 15,000-square-foot space. After the workout, one of four in-house therapists can put you back together again. 7400 NW Miami Ct., Miami, 305-751-8901
With a growing collection of certifications on his wall, U-Fit Health and Performance founder Cody Patrick opposes get-thin-quick schemes. He combines functional strength training—no mindless weight lifting here—and cardiovascular exercises. In addition to his clientele of CEOs, doctors, and lawyers, Patrick has also trained basketball legend Carlos Boozer and Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. 1910 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-979-1005
This teacher of antigravity yoga, Pilates, and boot camp classes at Crunch advocates spurts of daily cardio and weight training—anything from bicep curls to chair dips—and steers clients away from processed foods. A-listers like Brooke Shields swear by her classes. 1676 Alton Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4743
Former college footballer Manning Sumner has trained many NFL and NBA players in his state-of-the-art private gym. From bands and ropes to free weights and machines, Sumner uses it all to meet each client’s goals. His brainchild, LegacyFit, has seen clients such as Miami Dolphin Jared Odrick and Detroit Lion Stephen Tulloch, as well as superstars such as music mogul Rico Love. 77 NE 24th St., Miami, 305-799-0850
Basketball hotshot Alonzo Mourning’s 2004 NBA comeback is attributed to sought-after Miami Beach trainer Shuichi Take and his strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation program that makes good use of his degrees in exercise physiology and kinesiology. And don’t worry, he comes to you (either your home or local gym), so packed classes are never a concern. 305-741-3448
Former Miami Heat dancer Julie Wiesman’s workouts are a melting pot of techniques popular with yoga and Pilates aficionados looking to up their game. The Core Fusion teacher at Exhale Spa mixes cardio, yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, and stretching for intense training sessions. Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-423-3900
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.