Stay fit and active at the J this winter

Team Fit is a children’s weight loss program.

Team Fit is a children’s weight loss program.

December is the month for holiday partying and holiday eating, but also a month to find an abundance of opportunities to stay fit and active.

The Alper JCC offers many opportunities to maintain energy and strength, including a brand new option — Kendall Hot Yoga — to increase body tone and strength, help weight loss and detoxification, and alleviate insomnia and anxiety. Kendall Hot Yoga offers all the benefits of Vinyasa Yoga, plus a little extra heat for increased safety, weight loss and detox effects, delivering an experience of muscles working, deep breathing, meditation and well-being.

Fred Busch is director of Yoga teacher training at Fred Busch Power Yoga Schools in Miami, New York, Colorado, London, Paris, Moscow, Lima and Bogota. Call 305- 606-2169 or email Fred at <> to register.


Team Fit is a children’s weight loss program for boys and girls ages 8-12 offered in partnership with Baptist Health Systems and the United Way. Fitness workouts are led by a certified Personal Trainer for group fitness in the form of circuit training, outdoor and indoor activities, and exercises on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and on Saturdays, when parents are required to attend a nutrition class from 11 a.m. – noon and the children attend one hour of nutrition and one hour of sports. Call Meg at ext. 277 or email <> for a healthy start to the New Year.


Register now for Winter Basketball season by calling athletic director Doug Buckley at 305-271-9000 ext. 292 or email <>. The program ranges from classes for preschoolers and children to competitive leagues for children and adults. For 4 years and up, Rookie Basketball Clinic teaches basketball basics, promotes fun and encourages motor skill development. Biddy Basketball teaches basic skills to kids in grades K and 1. Teens in grades 6-8 or 9-12 compete in Teen Basketball leagues on full-size basketball courts. In Young Leagues, children in grades 1 and 2 or 3 to 5 play a full schedule of games emphasizing sportsmanship and team play. If you are 18 and older, join our Corporate (“Run ‘n Gun”) Basketball League. Bring your own team of 8-10 adult players for professionally refereed games. All league players receive complementary team jerseys and trophies.


The JCC offers Swim Gym, the ideal environment for swimming success. Through professional and educationally sound teaching practices, Swim Gym provides safety, fitness and fun in aquatics. Choose from group classes for children turning 3, 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 6 and older; beginner, intermediate and advanced adult swimmers; toddlers from age 3 to 30 months with their parents one or two times per week; Team Swimming; Aquasize, Swim Gym’s water aerobics program, is a great way to tone your body and loads of fun. For more classes and information call Jennie at 305-271-9000 ext. 287 or <email>.


On Dec. 5, you can tone up your mind as well! A major literary talent, Yossi Klein Halevi, will appear as part of the Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Miami Miller Center. His story, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation is a fascinating narrative history of Israel following seven veteran paratroopers who fought in Jerusalem in 1967. One group goes on to become leaders of the settlement movement, while the other becomes active in the peace movement. Through the story, Halevi traces the conflicting beliefs that have shaped modern Israel. Book signing will follow a lively talk.

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