After yoga assuaged her chronic neck and back pain, Kim Bolinger was hooked. She decided to pay homage to the practice by opening a studio of her own. At Merritt Island Yoga, she introduces novices to yoga’s basic poses by breaking them down into simple steps while emphasizing proper breathing and alignment. The studio’s advanced classes move more quickly through Vinyasa sequences, focusing on flexibility, endurance, and fighting off killer mats disguised as regular mats. Despite the studio’s name, yoga is not its only offering—the diverse classes also cover belly dancing, tai chi, and chi gong, a 5,000-year-old practice focused on self-healing and meditative movements.
Sky 1 Parasail's power boat departs from Banana River Park in Merritt Island, pulling behind it thrill-seeking patrons held aloft by a giant parachute. The outfit offers 300-foot, 500-foot, and 800-foot flights lasting up to 12 minutes, allowing up to three riders at a time to take in panoramic views of landmarks such as Space Coast and Cocoa Beach. All Captain's hold CPR and first aid certifications as well as a Coast Guard certified Master Captain's License - but participants need no special skills.
Bikram Yoga on the Island's founders, Suzanne and Joe Elliott, draw inspiration from their students' physical progress and development each week, ensuring that each session addresses the needs of first-day students, casual practitioners, and lifelong yogis. Ten years of experience fuel Suzanne and Joe's work as instructors, with each tapping his or her encyclopedic knowledge to guide pupils through two breathing exercises and 26 poses. Along with a staff of instructors, the two founders demonstrate and describe the proper execution of each posture with the authority of an Olympic Twister medalist.
As students fold and unfold limbs, each movement helps promote healthy organ function by pushing freshly oxygenated blood throughout their entire bodies. Meanwhile, the studio's heating system helps them safely sink into each stretch and sweat out toxins by raising the temperature to 105 degrees with 40% humidity. After class, attendees can freshen up with the studio's indoor and outdoor shower facilities.
Marine Corps Sergeant Ron Davis gave 10 years of service to the military. He also spent most of his life involved in youth sports, serving as head coach and defensive coordinator for youth football teams. With BeStrong Boot Camp, he implements strategies that he learned in both of his previous fields to devise a team-oriented workout program that incorporates all the motivational factors, full-body fitness techniques, and guided instruction one would need to get in shape. Nobody at BeStrong will say that the regimen is easy, but it's achievable. The 45-minute, military-like workouts, which occur three times a week for six weeks, benefit from Ron's encouragement as opposed to just a collective hivemind pushing everyone subconsciously. Ron gives each student personal attention and helps them modify any workouts to align with their physical needs.
At Vibes New Age Fitness, newcomers discover multiple avenues to attaining a fit, toned, and slender body. The center’s vibrating Power Plate apparatus elicits between 25 and 50 muscle contractions per minute, activating natural reflexes to tone the physique, smooth cellulite, and boost circulation. Plate sessions can complement TRX-suspension workouts, which chisel bodies using resistance from elasticized cables. Originally designed for Navy SEALs, the TRX system is also suitable for civilians and can be a useful tool in physical-rehabilitation programs. Body-contouring Lipo-Light treatments and infrared saunas further catalyze weight loss, slimming bodies more comfortably than a really tight seat belt.
Students should bring: Water bottle and comfortable clothes and shoes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Call ahead with questions, or ask them when you arrive for class.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We stalk them like they are delicious, fresh out of the oven Krispy Kreme donuts. We develop and maintain personal relationships with all of our clients, and we build a social environment where they can meet other people suffering for the same goal. We aren't just a gym; we are a community
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Our music choices are dictated by the clients in a given class. Any and all genres can be heard at different times.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Nutritional counseling and off-site gatherings. We also offer beach workouts once a week and paleo potlucks once a month. There's also a running club, a racing team, and marathon training.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are here to help everyone and anyone reach their goals. While CrossFit is a constantly varied approach to functional fitness, our coaches are top of their fields in particular specialties?from our running coach to our Olympic weightlifters. They can bring you from couch potato to ultra runner and help you achieve what seems impossible.