Sol Pedal Cycling Studio's stationary cyclists lead students on an invigorating imaginary ramble during 60-minute spinning classes. After consulting the schedule's array of morning and afternoon sessions, students hop on their waiting Schwinn steeds for an hour of pulse-raising routines calibrated to boost stamina, challenge multiple muscle groups, and prepare legs for backward reenactments of last year's Tour de France. Sol's high-energy instructors keep students confident and engaged with a funky, sweat-inducing soundtrack. Students should arrive a few minutes early for each session to prepare bikes to their liking by adjusting workout settings and attaching the gym's optional handlebar streamers.
Club 14 Fitness' roster of trainers reads like the manifest of a submarine on its way to SEALAB III. It includes one University of Chicago educated biologist, one former Navy man, one chiropractor-turned-holistic healer, one nutritionist, and the first runner-up in the Mr. Wyoming bodybuilding competition. Together, they downright plaster the walls with all manners of certifications, issued by everyone from AFAA to CrossFit. They lean hard on their multifarious backgrounds to build personal-fitness regimens and a schedule of calorie-blasting classes, including a lineup of LesMills sessions, that firm up bodies more effectively than falling asleep in a cement mixer.
When not dancing or spinning through group fitness sessions, members can bolster heart rates in the cardio room, hoist free weights, or target hyper-specific muscle groups on the gym's cache of Star Trac equipment. Guests wind down in the wood-paneled sauna, slake thirst at the juice bar, or bronze up in the tanning bed. To make getting to the gym more accessible, Club 14 keeps kids entertained with childcare and pint-sized fitness programs, and keeps its doors open 24 hours. All of this earned the gym the Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award in 2010.
Jay Handline created Dance Trance Fitness more than 15 years ago to shape up physiques with an intense exercise regimen disguised as a dance party. The program has since spread to locations in cities as far flung as Saudi Arabia and San Diego, torching calories and causing patrons to dig back up time capsules full of sweatbands. The energetic choreographers and dancers under Jay's employ blend moves from jazz, Latin, reggae, hip-hop, and rock dance to craft heart-pumping choreography that flows seamlessly against lively cascades of drums and bright swells of brass. This marriage of music-video-style dance and traditional cardio exercise tones muscles and melts calories from students of all age and fitness levels during sessions focused specifically on street moves, ballet influences, or efficiently stomping bubblewrap. Dance Trance Fitness works with a variety of causes to host benefits and other events, and the company bolsters students’ drive to get healthy with a range of online support options.
Since 1959, Putt-Putt of Fernandina Beach has hosted friendly rounds of mini golf for families, leagues, and tournaments. Co-owner Aaron Bean was one such player—he began working at the putt-putt location as a teenager and still currently holds the course’s nine-hole record of 10 strokes and most convincing celebratory swan dive into the ocean, which is located just steps away. The course has also tested the putting prowess of players in the 2010 Sonny’s Florida State Putt-Putt Championship and 2011 Southern Putting Tour Championship.
Cristina Gillis first came to Chinese medicine not as a student, but as a long-time allergy sufferer. The immediate relief of her many symptoms didn't just make her feel better, it also sparked a journey of self-discovery and a deep desire to help others to free themselves from pain and illness. The licensed acupuncturist now pays it forward at Amelia Acupuncture, where she strives to alleviate maladies with several styles of acupuncture.
Gillis specializes in five-element acupuncture, a westernized method that uses fewer needles and is based on the belief that illness is the result of emotional and spiritual causes. She also employs the mei zen method of cosmetic acupuncture, which aims to stimulate collagen production and blood flow to reduce wrinkles. Her training in Chinese medicine and certification in Chinese herbs further facilitates patient wellness, as do auriculotherapy acupuncture sessions, which focus only on the ears to address conditions such as stress, addiction, and the annoying ability to hear dog whistles.
The 27 holes at Fernandina Beach Golf Club sweep through subtropical Florida's misty, palm-filled landscapes, inscribing fond memories of grass sighing and cups clinking. Each set of nine holes extends over more than 3,000 yards of native trees and naturally occurring jelly bunkers, rewarding golfing companions with a nirvana of subtle, rolling greens. Golf carts zip through the links and beat the heat, saving energy for daring dives into the course's water hazards to recover lost balls and misplaced Arthurian swords.