Local fitness pros share favorite routines, equipment and gadgets.

Local fitness pros share favorite routines, equipment and gadgets.

There are an infinite amount of ways to get and stay fit, plus everybody has their unique and favorite routine, machine or fitness gadget.

To step outside my little bubble I reached out to several fitness professionals in our community to find out what some of their preferred things to do and use are when they’re getting their doing their workout.

Risa Stewart is owner of Club Performax in Rockledge.

Risa Stewart, owner of Club Performax in Rockledge, loves nothing more than training with a small group or in a team setting.

She finds the camaraderie of doing strength and cardio training with others motivating and a lot more fun than doing it alone.

Although she too is a trainer, she still appreciates being pushed by other trainers, plus they can keep an eye on her form.

The MyZone Heart Rate Monitor is one of her favorite fitness trackers for feedback and motivation, especially when she’s enjoying an intense spin class.

Nick Sorokin is a Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness trainer.

Nick Sorokin, a Cocoa Beach Health & Fitness trainer, likes to go with an old-school approach with his workout routine.

Classics like push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups are standards for Nick.

Even his favorite piece of equipment would make Rocky Balboa proud: the jump rope.

Jumping rope burns around 10 calories per minute while strengthening the legs, shoulders and arms. For Nick, it’s mandatory after each of his workouts

Jamie Sagorski is a personal trainer from Merritt Island.

Cable machines are a favorite of Jamie Sagorski, a personal trainer from Merritt Island. 

Cable machines provide a smooth motion and are a great way to build strength and muscle as the cables provide tension and challenge the muscles throughout the entire range of motion.

Jamie also points out that that the cable machine allows for various angles and ranges of motion, plus provides an element of safety, compared to using free weights.

A universal cable machine is a one stop shop when Jamie’s looking for a total body workout.

Check out the Tuff Tread treadmill online.

This high-performance treadmill has a weight capacity of 700 pounds, can go up to 31 mph and can incline up to 40{50531db320f8e8a316d79d6a285e47c71b6e4f6739df32858cb86474d7e720e9}.

Retired pro-football linebacker Dylan Reda is a trainer at UbrZati in Suntree.

This nearly indestructible treadmill is ideal for elite athletes like retired pro-football linebacker Dylan Reda, a trainer at UbrZati in Suntree.

A workout on this treadmill is not only part of his personal routine, but also incorporated into the programs of the local high school athletes Dylan trains.

Have the need for speed, or want to increase your vertical jump?

Former college basketball player Manny Lherisse is owner of the Parisi Speed School at Harbor City Community Fitness.

Former college basketball player, Manny Lherisse, and owner of the Parisi Speed School at Harbor City Community Fitness is a big fan of the VertiMax Platforms and the VertiMax Raptor for challenging his athletes.

These machines use resistance bands to provide a constant and smooth tension, which helps improve strength, speed and explosive power.

Manny can probably help me out with my jumping inability and my outside non-shot in basketball.

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Jim McCormick is the owner of Cocoa Beach Health and Fitness Center.

For myself, I’m a recreational athlete; roll a ball out on a field and I’ll go chase it like a golden retriever.

Since I’m still playing basketball and this year I added tennis, I like to include some exercises on a vibration plate into my routine.   

A couple of years ago I toured the Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility and I noticed that they had a number of vibration plates spread throughout the gym, so it got me wondering — what do these high-end athletes know that I don’t?