"Chiropractic chose me," says Doctor of Chiropractic Wendy Edwards of Be Well. After struggling to recover from an injury sustained in a car accident, Wendy found that chiropractic care not only relieved her pain, but stopped the chronic sinus infections and headaches that had plagued her all her life. She now helps her patients find wellness by focusing on four pillars of health: chiropractic care, eating right, staying active, and thinking well. Like actual pillars, these metaphorical pillars lend stability to the structure of one's life, but unlike actual pillars, they aren't self-aware.
Ship Shape Boot Camp's enthusiastic instructors rally physiques of all fitness levels for personal training and group classes within a state-of-the-art facility. The instructors forge a supportive atmosphere with free-flowing words of encouragement to boost self-esteem and watch to ensure no participant is left behind or doing the hand jive instead of sets of burpees. Gals of all ages are welcome to women's boot camp sessions, which cover a medley of exercises to keep heart rates peaked during fat-busting routines. Weight training, swim training, and memberships are also available.
For more than 12 years, Chi Ling Pai Academy’s seasoned and studied instructors have led students in a variety of martial arts and fitness classes. The academy’s signature martial arts style and namesake teaches self-defense techniques and meditation, while emphasizing principles such as respect, loyalty, and compassion. Drawing from years of study under martial arts pioneer Grand Master Dennis Decker, Sifu John Wilbur guides groups through the gentle flowing movements of tai chi to strengthen muscles and encourage bodily and mental balance, and captains students through self-defense strikes in kung fu classes. Master Lynn Compton heads Reiki classes, enlightening students to ancient Japanese techniques that aim to reduce stress and bring about tranquility—the right to which is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment. As students’ hips gyrate during belly dancing lessons, torsos twist and bend during yoga classes taught in a variety of styles. The center’s ever-metamorphosing list of course offerings also includes boot camps, Zumba, and Latin dancing for seniors.
At CrossFit NSB, students of all body types and backgrounds sweat, lift, and sprint their way to health and strength with a universally adaptable fitness program. Rather than parking its members on treadmills outfitted with flat-screen TVs, CrossFit challenges everyday people with high-intensity exercises that use basic fitness equipment such as free weights and medicine balls. Participants build functional strength and endurance through a barrage of Workouts of the Day (WODs) such as pull-ups, squats, and weightlifting.
Perched on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Paddleboard New Smyrna Beach populates Florida’s placid waves with professional-grade standup paddleboards and kayaks cared for by expert guides. Whether leading beginners’ lessons in a protected lagoon or explaining the nuances of vehicle control before sending guests on a free-wheeling rental, the team prepares guests for jaunts around the waterway’s palm-lined shores. Pushing off from the center’s North Causeway dock, two-hour tours find the guides in their natural element, shepherding guests toward wildlife areas saturated with manatees, dolphins, and wrestlers practicing for the alligator bonus round at the next big meet.
Hot air swirls around Bikram Yoga’s studio, heating limbs and relaxing tense muscles as students sink deeply into their practice’s 26 postures. During 90-minute sessions, a Bikram-certified instructor leads classes through a consistent routine of standing and seated poses mixed with two breathing exercises. In the space’s equatorial temperatures, students of all fitness levels burn calories, strengthen muscles, and eject perspirable toxins as instructors offer encouragement and personalized modifications. In addition to bringing a yoga mat and towel from home, students should prepare for class by drinking enough water to float a flock of rubber duckies.