New fitness vibe at Stratiform Gym

By Robin Kaskel….

Stratiform fitness director Pete Fonesca teaches member Deborah Jimenez how to use TRX equipment.

Get off the couch and run, cycle or motor on over to the grand opening of Stratiform Gym on April 16 from 4-7 p.m.

Get there any way you can to experience the great “vibe” of this friendly, state-of-the art community gym – one dedicated to all-around fitness, health and wellness. Learn how the Stratiform staff can help you achieve your goals while you enjoy free food, see fitness and personal training demonstrations and win membership raffles and prizes. With world-class personal training and innovative group classes, Stratiform’s experienced and knowledgeable staff will help you jump start your “feel good” program.

Stratiform, formerly known as Flex, has blossomed into a supportive, comprehensive wellness center that encourages friendships and positive lifestyle changes.
“Our goal is to avoid cookie cutter type classes and not be the typical fitness center,” said managing partner Julian Castro. “We bring in trainers with a certain edge and expertise.”

In addition to wheat grass, protein shakes and Body by Vi’s fat burning and muscle building shakes, Stratiform offers unique classes in new state-of-the-art  Spinning, Yoga and Pilates studios, as well as an independent CrossFit program, women’s street self defense, obesity and cardio management, senior classes and boot camp. Members enjoy working out in the fully equipped gym, complete with cardio decks, weight machines, free weights, Nike Grind rubber floors, video and audio monitors, Wi-Fi, and designer bathrooms with lockers.

“My husband and two teenage sons love Stratiform,” said Palmetto Bay member Deborah Jimenez. “It has such a friendly atmosphere and I love all the TVs and new equipment, especially the free weights and cardio machines. Coming here is important for all of us; it helps us reduce stress by being in better shape. I can’t wait to take the spinning and Yoga classes, and try the CrossFit Program.”

Formerly with Thump gym, CrossFit director and personal trainer Hamlet Mesa is excited to bring the CrossFit Program to Stratiform.

“The Stratiform CrossFit Program prepares you for the demands of everyday life,” said Mesa. “CrossFit draws from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and cardio activities such as rowing, running and biking. It offers universal scalability making it perfect for anyone, of any age, looking to improve his or her health and fitness.”

This thriving gym and its 20 plus personal trainers run under the direction of former baseball player and personal trainer Peter Fonesca.

“We are pleased to welcome fitness specialist Ron Lamb from the Biltmore Hotel,” Fonesca said. “Ron adds an important dimension to our wellness program.”

Originator of the first studio gym in Miami, this former Penn State Football player, certified athletic trainer and exercise physiologist is currently director of the Children’s Obesity Program at Baptist Hospital. Lamb assists clients, celebrities and pros with individualized health and fitness programs, and helps people manage diabetes and cardiovascular disease with nutrition training and meal preparation.

Also new to Stratiform – women’s street self-defense classes led by grandmaster Kancho Newton James. James was one of the first karate practitioners in Jamaica and led his country’s fighting team at the first Japanese World Tournament in 1976. Later, James trained and taught with Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, grandmaster of Seido Karate in New York and was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Stratiform is also a distributor for Body by Vi, an affordable nutritionally balanced meal replacement shake that gives you energy and won’t leave you hungry. Its unique blend of heart healthy ingredients help you burn fat and build muscle.

Special rates are available for families, teachers, military personnel, fire and police. Join Stratiform before April 16 and receive two months free. For more information, call 786-429-1025 or go to

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