A wall mural of a full moon watches over Live Oak Yoga, invoking a serene environment for a variety of yoga classes. Students stretch their limbs, following along with instructors as they move through Hatha-style introductory yoga, gentle yoga, and balance-honing yoga flow sessions. Instructors in all classes teach traditional asanas, or poses, with breathing exercises and meditation in order to help students strengthen the bond between body and mind. Live Oak Yoga’s owner Shea Englebright’s qualifications span from the ancient practice of yoga to massage in calming, pain-alleviating, and energizing styles. Reiki sessions balance a body’s reserves of spiritual, mental, and emotional energy, the relaxation massage promotes blood circulation at a pace ideal for forming a body-wide lazy river.
Mercedes Gonzalez' bodywork techniques promote deep relaxation, but they also offer relief for more serious ailments. As a licensed massage therapist, she's worked with clients suffering from migraines, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendonitis, chest congestion, and even insomnia. Guests can solicit Mercedes for a custom Swedish session, or access lower-layer aches with the targeted pressure of deep-tissue massage or neuromuscular therapy.
The Orlando Predators stampede into the Arena Football League’s 25th season boasting the debut of a new head coach and retooled roster. Former Predators player and Winter Park native Bret Munsey brings with him both a new playbook and ArenaBowl championship expectations, telling the Orlando Sentinel upon his hiring, “[The Predators] want to win [this] year, and I’ve got to find a way to do that.” The front office has contributed to the championship campaign with new additions on both sides of the ball. Recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will compete with Collin Drafts for the duties of breaking the team out of each huddle and igloo-encased locker room. On defense, new nose tackle Richard Clebert dominates the line of scrimmage by clogging foes’ running lanes, as he did in his last two seasons on a pair of ArenaBowl championship teams.
After training at the studio of iconic jazz dancer Gus Giordano early in his career, Matthew Stutsman refined his skills working with lauded dance troupes. Then, in 2000, he opened a dance studio of his own—Danceworks. At the school's Orlando location, Stutsman and his team of instructors guide students of all ages through ballet, jazz, tap, and other dances, emphasizing correct technique. Students can also gain strength and flexibility during tumbling and yoga classes.
A former member of the United States Army, Jason King used to specialize in fitness and motivational training for ground troops. It was then, while leading his squad through a variety of boot-camp programs, that he became interested in personal training. Jason has since traded his military fatigues for a private, full-service fitness studio in downtown Orlando, where he and a roster of personal trainers build customized exercise programs for clients.
The team takes a four-point approach to fitness, one that is anchored by each client's goals. Along with diet planning and regular assessments, Jason and his team also switch routines up constantly to ensure their clients are challenged and can't perform workouts and study for the MCAT at the same time.
Extreme Fitness Boot Camp guides clients toward trimmer frames with a medley of ACE-certified programming and nutritional guidance. The fitness gurus' personalized approach to all-around health begins with assessments, which isolate muscular imbalances and help trainees plot weight-loss goals. Boot-camp and personal-training sessions then lead trainees through plyometrics, core, and bodyweight exercises, plus special guest appearances by hip-hop- and Zumba-inspired steps. At home, clients further fitness excellence by leveraging recorded measurements, supplemental routines, and dietary tips on how to eat well instead of eating tire irons.