When Becky Bell injured her knee during marathon training, her doctor gave a fateful prescription: strength and stability exercises. The recommendation sparked Becky's fascination with the art of yoga, and she began to experiment with its mind and body disciplines, earning her 200-hour teaching certification in the process. The steady, focused workouts were different from the volleyball games and hiking trips she was used to. Once she added her own flair to Vinyasa-style poses, however, her drive to share the technique with others kept growing.
At Saffron&Crimson, Becky takes beginners and intermediate yogis alike through fitness classes that infuse fluid stretches with Bible philosophies. She also takes her teachings on the road during custom parties, in-home family classes, and highway-relaxation sessions for drivers who have just been pulled over
Trampling hooves typically pound the 200 lush acres of Longwood Farm, which serves as an Olympic equine training facility. But now, humans can set out on foot to traverse the grounds during Longwood Warrior, a obstacle race that crosses hills, ponds, and mud pits. The 3.5- to 4-mile race features more than 25 obstacles that require participants to climb, crawl, and duck, though each obstacle also includes a bypass for those who want to opt out. Post-race, mud- and water-soaked runners can rinse off at provided showers and head to the after party, where music, drinks, and snacks await. Those seeking more competition can partake in a cornhole tournament or angle to win some of the race's quirkier awards, including Best Mustache and Best '80s Hairdo.
The coaches and personal trainers at Pulse Fitness Studio follow a simple mantra: being physically fit and healthy allows you to live your best. Working with this belief, the gym's staff of health enthusiasts leads CrossFit, Zumba, and boot-camp classes, and provides Workouts of the Day to constantly challenge gym members to new, intense workouts as they participate in CrossFit programs.
CrossFit group programs, which range from basic to advanced, are designed to optimize overall physical fitness—from speed and power to agility and stamina—through plyometrics, kettlebell training, running, gymnastics, and heated debates over the advantages of wearing barefoot running shoes vs. moon boots.
Eschewing watered-down incarnations of yoga, which they refer to as “McYoga,” for a more serious approach to the practice, Jael Yoga's seasoned instructors helm classes that fuse elements of Dharma- and Bikram-yoga techniques to create an active, Vinyasa-inspired style. Teachers guide pupils of all levels and Monopoly-piece preferences toward realigning mind-body connections, emphasizing mindful breathing to focus concentration when transitioning from pose to pose. During each series of poses, students combine a number of traditional practices such as sun salutations, centering meditation, low-stress inversions, strengthening floor series, and parallel-bar routines.
With the aid of modern medspa technology, Ocala Healthy Zone provides a shortcut to wellbeing that bypasses the time-intensive commitments of traditional fitness regimens. The studio's signature treatments utilize whole-body vibration platforms, which help bolster metabolisms and tone muscles in as little as 10 minutes, all without causing undue joint strain. Additionally, Ocala Health Zone helps people begin living healthier lives by offering circulation-boosting sessions in a far infrared sauna and by selling spa products made from hand-mined Himalayan salts.
Pampered Touch Therapeutic Massage’s licensed massage therapist, Valen Burke, seeks to relieve stress, alleviate pain, and help the body heal via soothing massage therapy. She employs various degrees of pressure with smooth, gliding strokes to work tension from tissue and promote relaxation. Gentle kneads loosen tightly tied muscle knots, and heated stones warm melt away soreness. A variety of massage modalities cater to the particular malaise of clients such as expectant mothers, couples, sore athletes, and overextended mascots.