The instructors at TOTAL Defense and Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy practice a range of martial arts with their students, from Muay Thai?the quintessential form of striking?to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Being a relatively recent evolution of the martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu provides practitioners with the chance to trace the lineage of their teachers back to the art's founding. Students at Jacksonville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy enjoy a mere two or three degrees of separation from the art's founding family, the Gracies. Naturally, lessons focus heavily on the Gracie Combatives method, which trains students not just for competition but also for self-defense.
Taught by former NFL cheerleader and current mat maven Nicole DeLoreto, Yoga Mix's schedule of integrated classes combine a variety of yoga styles, focusing primarily on linking movement to breath. The 75-minute mixed-level class welcomes students of all abilities, especially fledgling flexers, who can glean a solid foundation for safe personal yoga practice. With the studio temperature kept in the 80s, muscles become malleable enough to lengthen, stretch, and form rudimentary wings during flowing postures and breath work. More experienced students may strengthen their bodies while honing concentration in a power yoga class practiced in 95-degree heat. Yoga Mix's sweat sessions incorporate inspiring tunes to further encourage students to connect movement with each breathy Sting lyric.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Bailey's Powerhouse Gym Basic Plus members can sweat solo on modern, well-maintained exercise equipment accessible 24 hours a day, or join others for a one-on-one training and group fitness classes. A one-hour personal-training session with one of Bailey's trained fitness gurus can bolster motivation, help design a workout routine, or refresh your memory about hard-to-remember state capitals. Then, pump muscle with exercise accessories available 24 hours a day at every Bailey's gym, including a smorgasbord of cardiovascular equipment, a plethora of strength-training machines and free weights, and a boatload of synonyms for the word many. Other amenities vary from gym to gym, but may include boxing rooms, saunas, or cardio theater rooms stuffed with big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers designed to distract exercisers from their toil or the fact that their hair is on fire.
With its elevated greens and crisp ocean breezes, Selva Marina Country Club's challenging par-72 course has entertained day-clubbers of all levels for more than 50 years, including Jack Nicklaus in 1966, who recorded a double-eagle on the 18th hole. Revel in the Country Club's private, unpretentious, and scenic environment, where golfers can easily drive, pitch, and putt on the spacious practice area just blocks away from the shoreline. Spare the expense of hoverboard or Icarus wings rentals and rove Selva's open fairways in the provided golf cart, allowing linksmen to explore the winding pathways or stop for a tan in the local sand traps. Whatever your ability level or past experience with the sport of golf, the Selva Marina course is amply suited to beginners and putting veterans alike.
Ocean Yoga Center welcomes yogis of all experience levels to choose from a diverse selection of classes, available in more than a dozen different sessions throughout the week (see the fall schedule here). Charge through a friendly gauntlet of breathing exercises, gentle stretches, and classic Hatha asanas during a session of Kripalu yoga, or follow your heart’s lead into optimal body alignment during three levels of Anusara-inspired yoga. The center’s team of knowledgeable instructors ensures that participants are caught up in yoga’s passionate poses and meditative, relaxing motions, whether they’re chanting along in Sanskrit during Jivamukti yoga or celebrating a victorious all-night Yahtzee tournament with a sunrise practice session.