Chris Patterson's first time on a standup paddleboard went the opposite of how most of his clients' first experiences go. "People don't think they can do it because it looks like a surf board, but once they do it, they're hooked," he said. But for Patterson, who had surfed Hawaii's waves for seven years, his first confident step onto a standup paddleboard resulted in immediately falling off. Hauling his humbled self back onto the board, he learned the proper stance, set to paddling, and began seeing the water in a whole new way. The upright stance, unlike surfing's crouched position, opened his vision to the all the water around him, including several feet away where dolphins crested beside his board.
The versatility of the sport inspired Patterson to launch Surfs SUP when he moved back to Florida, where the coast and inland waters afford abundant recreation. During semi-private and private small group lessons, Patterson’s students may encounter water-dwelling creatures such as manatees and dolphins. He's even had clients take out rentals for a day of fishing and bring back catches such as a 45-pound amberjack and a very large bundle of seaweed. Claiming training certification from the American Council on exercise, Patterson also leads on-the-water fitness classes that include SUP Yoga and Paddle Fit, which he learned directly from the program's founder, Brody Welte. Additionally, Patterson organizes a competitive SUP racing team and leads youth camps, where he applies training techniques he learned from teaching kids with cerebral palsy and blindness how to surf.
With his forays into acting and politics, many people forget that Arnold Schwarzenegger was once a professional body builder and former Mr. Universe. Arnold Kolozsvari didn't forget?it was Schwarzenegger's superhero-like physique that influenced him to join the world of fitness training in the first place. Born in Hungary, Kolozsvari competed in the body-building sphere in Romania, armed with nothing but the diligence, drive, and metallic Skynet endoskeleton he borrowed from his idol Schwarzenegger. Fueled by a desire to train others, he eventually made his way to the United States, where he teamed up with the Revive?s other half, Danny Legault, a 13-year hockey veteran who devoted seven years of service to the United States Marine Corps. The duo joined forces and opened up their own fitness center, where they?ve since trained a client base that includes the Bethune-Cookman University baseball team and numerous Miss Florida and Miss America pageant contestants.
Kolozsvari and Legault happily adapt the functional movements in their boot camps and group cardio classes to suit students of any skill level, age, or physical ability, welcoming anyone ranging from teen athletes to senior citizens. To offer a rounded approach to physical fitness and overall well-being, they can also supplement group workouts with nutritional plans and one-on-one personal-training sessions.
At Transformational Yoga Studio, compassionate instructors—led by multicertified yoga teacher Nirinjan Kaur—strive to balance the bodies and minds of individuals seeking renewal. Skill-level-specific yoga classes introduce beginners to postures and breathing techniques, and Kundalini yoga focuses on mending the body by stimulating the nervous and immune systems, leaving arms flexible enough to fully embrace a sequoia. The center promotes healing and overall well-being with relaxing massages and sound-healing sessions using a gong that has been precisely tuned and blessed by Drepung Loseling monks. The caring crew also coordinates charitable service projects that aid the community's less fortunate. The studio's bright-yellow walls and shiny wood floors reflect the abundance of natural light spilling in from the windows, creating an ambiance that promotes peacefulness and the cultivation of Chia pets.
For those looking for a unique watersport experience, kiteboarding combines surfing, wakeboarding, and gliding in one action-packed experience. North Florida Kiteboarding's lessons begin on the beach, where instructors will work through a dry-run of paddling, standing, falling, and maneuvering to equip patrons for the steady sloshing of waves. Patrons also practice essential skills, cresting waves with the help of a kite’s gentle tug or the daily tides. Instructors critique form during in-water sessions, sharing tips on how to handle the waves’ unexpected changes and how to properly relaunch after falling. Lessons include complimentary refreshments and sunscreen, ensuring patrons safely enjoy their fun in the sun without wearing wetsuits filled with layers of concentrated ozone. In addition to kiteboarding classes and rental services, North Florida Kiteboarding offers surfing lessons, sells landboards and water-wear gear, and coordinates summer surf camps.
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.
There's no sound quite like the crack of a bowling ball finding its target. It's a sound that triggers memories of childhood, and it's one that you'll hear probably a hundred times during a game at Ormond Lanes Bowling. The alley's 40 lanes give players plenty of room to plot out spares and strikes, while the Sandbagger Caf? serves all the wraps and salads needed to refuel after a game. If you have kids in tow, make sure to stop by the game room for a few rounds of air hockey. There's also a game room exclusively for adults, the Kingpin Lounge, where you can play pool, shoot darts, or file your taxes.