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Family fitness in Valrico; New Jersey-style pizza in Brandon

VALRICO — Fitness for the family is the focus at FitnessFun Spot.

The studio, which opened in September, has an array of classes that range from belly dancing to yoga. Studio owner Sandra Rebeor said she is passionate about making fitness fun.

"The goal here is to get families fit and to get children started early so it becomes second nature," Rebeor said. "Parents have to be the role models for fitness."

A native of Germany, Rebeor has been surrounded by an active lifestyle since childhood. She met her husband while he was in the U.S. military stationed in Germany. The couple eventually moved to the United States.

Rebeor's career as a fitness instructor started in 2005 in Washington, D.C., where she taught informal infant and mother fitness classes. She is now an American Council on Exercise certified instructor with a staff of five trainers.

FitnessFun Spot offers classes for children and parents, including pre- and post-natal classes.

"When I was pregnant, I visited my family in Germany and saw women exercising well into their pregnancies," Rebeor said. "This is a new concept for the United States, but Germans have done this for 25 years."

She also offers Pink Yoga, a class for people with breast cancer.

"I know many people who suffer from breast cancer who want to remain active but get too hot from the wigs or don't want to wear padded bras after mastectomies," Rebeor said. "This class is a place they can be themselves without trying to cover up. There is a real comfort and support in Pink Yoga."

FitnessFun Spot is located on 4381 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico. Hours vary based upon class schedules. For more information, call (813) 661-7768.

Pizza making, New Jersey style

Since he was 18, Rosario Lubrano has been in the pizza business. He has worked in many kitchens making New Jersey-style pizza.

"The New York-style is everywhere and getting kind of old," Lubrano said. "New Jersey pizza is more authentic. There's a huge Italian population in Jersey."

Lubrano should know about Italian populations. He is a native of Naples, Italy. He came to the United States in 1996. By 2005, he had heard a lot about Florida. Once he visited, he wanted to make it his home.

With 13 years of pizza-making experience, Lubrano opened Pomodoro Pizza & More in mid- September.

Located next to the Super Walmart on Brandon Blvd., Pomodoro Pizza & More prides itself on quality, fresh ingredients and unique style.

"The pizza is cooked on a pizza stone," Lubrano said "We don't use screens. And after years in the business, I've come up with unique recipes."

Lubrano and Marco Brano, also a Naples native and former New Jersey resident, operate the restaurant.

Pomodoro Pizza & More also offers subs, wraps and salads.

"We bake everything. We don't have fryers. That keeps things a little bit healthier than other places," Lubrano said.

Pomodoro Pizza & More is at 1076 E Brandon Blvd. Suite 115, Brandon. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday. For more information, call (813) 662-9500.

Althea Savage can be reached at hillsnews@sptimes.com.

Family fitness in Valrico; New Jersey-style pizza in Brandon 11/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 12, 2009 3:30am]

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