With a name that combines words meaning wholeness, life, and joy, OM'echaye welcomes clients searching for ways to look and feel their best through fitness classes and alternative health treatments. Classes range from Zumba to cycling. Yoga sessions derived from traditions including Iyengar, Kundalini, and Vinyasa soothe minds while building flexibility, and Pilates workouts build the core strength needed for holding up the earth while Atlas is on vacation.
The center also delves into the internal aspects of health and wellness with integrative living programs that run the gamut from dieting and detox to acupuncture and vibrational therapy. Spa services help clients look as good as they feel, aiding relaxation with massages or enhancing exteriors with facials and manicures. The center?s restaurant even helps guests stay on track by dishing up healthy fare made with fresh, natural ingredients, rather than serving preprocessed foods or meats from extinct animals.
AquaShop is in the business of defying physics; inside, water flows uphill. The FlowRider wave machine—an attraction usually reserved for theme parks or cruise ships—projects a frothy current blasted up a slanted ramp, emulating a wave for surfers, wakeboarders, and ambitious belly floppers to catch anytime, regardless of tide conditions. Before visiting, guests can check out the fun from the company’s live camera view, which shows off sweet rides and spectacular wipeouts during all business hours.
Water isn’t the only element AquaShop harnesses. The emporium of all things extreme hosts shred sessions on its Big Wave mechanical surfboard and encourages visitors to fire foam balls back and forth in the Cannon Ball Blaster arena. The in-house Thrill Zone features a padded obstacle course with a climbing wall, a slide, and a secret portal that grants one wish from Kelly Slater’s magic bald head.
Owner Rosa Santana had the privilege of learning directly from BKS Iyengar, living yoga master who continues to practice even at the age of 95. She was so inspired by his unique approach to yoga?which combines poses with props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, and straps to develop proper musculoskeletal alignment?that she began to devote her life to the healing practice, becoming an instructor in 1995. Today, she shares her passion with students and teachers in her studio, which serves to sooth nerves and rabid spirit animals alike. She and a team of equally fervent yoga teachers work with students of all abilities during the 60- and 90-minute sessions, shepherding students through a tapestry of postures, some prop-assisted. With enough practice, Santana believes that students may see an increase in strength and flexibility, as well as a decrease in stress and tension.
Bisao CrossFit’s coaches bring an intense, constantly changing workout program, which was originally formulated for police forces and martial artists, to the masses, tweaking its combination of cardio and strength training for individual fitness levels. They adhere to a fitness philosophy that emphasizes broad, inclusive exercises and sheds the constraints of athletic specialties, such as focusing on one muscle group or only punching bags that punch you first. The trainers motivate patrons to heave medicine balls and speed through burpees or leap over hurdles and haul loaded sacks during dynamic workouts, which they post online each day. Beyond its day-to-day assistance during CrossFit classes, the staff offers seminars, trainer certification, and consultation services for athletic teams.
After its cameo in the 1998 movie There's Something About Mary, The Aqua Golf Driving Range became famous, summoning visitors to hit golf balls into aqueous landing areas. Before the movie, however, the 20-acre lake turned state-of-the-art golf facility was a local legend for more than 50 years. Beginners can start down the road to becoming a master golfer under the expertise of onsite golf pros during lessons, which make an ideal gift. Under a long, doublewide canopy or in the sunshine, golfers can also hit golf balls onto floating greens or buoyant caddies. The range also has a pro shop and synthetic short-game center on dry land to practice chipping, putting, and taking off the golf-bag scuba tank needed for second shots at the range.
Cycling up hills, dancing to Latin beats, lifting ones own body weight—when done with enough intensity, each of these can flood the brain with endorphins. The instructors at My Addiction Cycling and Yoga want to hook their guests on that feeling, to make fitness the most pervasive addiction in America. Indoor cycling sessions are the facility’s calling card. During each, instructors lead spinners through climbs, jumps, and varying intensity levels, all while adjusting speed and resistance to achieve a total-body workout. The high-energy cycling classes work the entire body and distract their wards from the current most common addiction in America: licking subway turnstiles.