At Volusia Speedway, racers hurtle around a half-mile banked clay track on which racing gurus as Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader occasionally make appearances. Select a Friday or Saturday night from the schedule for a night of multiple races in various vehicular categories, including street stocks, open-wheel modifiers, and swan boats affixed with tank treads. Fuel the high-octane action with intermittent bites of two concession-stand hot dogs and chilly sips from two sodas. The grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights, so arrive early to snag seats with the best view of the track and of the tops of the heads in front of you.
The instructors at Hot House Yoga, founded in 2006 by Shelly Kwiatkouski aka Uma Dasai, have a refreshing way of delivering fresh blood to the heart: headstands. During inverted urban flow classes—targeted to seasoned yogis—instructors teach their pupils how to fluidly flip upwards, relying on balance rather than brute strength to keep legs in the air. The studio has been voted as the readers' choice for best yoga studio many times—including 2012—in The Daytona Beach News–Journal. Instructors focuses on creating spiritual awareness and a spirit of social activism. They also offer classes that take place in a hot classroom to spur detoxification in addition to yoga’s traditional benefits, which include stress release, weight management, improved circulation and sleep, and a boost in bodily energy.
Hot House Yoga not only functions as a yoga studio, but also as a training school for future yoga instructors, with classes that include both 200 and 500 hour training regimens.
Black-and-white photos of bodybuilders and athletes gaze down from their frames on the walls at The Body Exchange, inspiring gym goers as they heft free-weights, travel the strength circuit, and lift medicine balls. While running or training on the gym’s elliptical machines and treadmills, exercisers can look out the expansive windows and watch as the sun feeds on clouds. Five certified personal trainers help members achieve their fitness goals, whether they’re building competitive muscles or trying to slim down and stay healthy.
Registered at the 200-hour and 500-hour level, yoga instructor and studio owner Karen Cutrona-Underwood leverages abundant experience when leading the staff in helping others find peace and power through heated, Vinyasa-based yoga classes. She raises the temperature of her 3,600-square-foot facility to a detoxifying 95 degrees through an infrared-radiant-heat system balanced with an ionic fresh-air exchange to keep the air as hot and fresh as the royal family of Bel Air. Karen also outfits her studio with anti-microbial Z-mat flooring to support joints as students flow through sequences of strengthening twists, binds, and balances. Blue Moon's certified instructors modify these sequences to help accommodate practitioners of all abilities. When the team isn't guiding yogis through exercises, they can be found supporting local nonprofits through efforts such as canned-food drives.
Believing that people need 24/7 access to a gym in order to work out around their busy schedules, Anytime Fitness offers a reliable spot to work up a sweat and take group classes. Everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle can be found at the fitness center, from cardio and weight-training machines to free weights and certified personal trainers. Members can dance into a Zumba class, or hop into an onsite tanning booth to add a sun-kissed glow to newly bulging muscles.