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Jumpstart Your January

By Sarah McCartan

It’s easy to get carried away throwing goals out there. The hard part is actually figuring out how to tackle your goals so you can meet them.

It’s safe to say at some point we’ve all fallen prey to the habit of having grandiose ideas that are a bit too ambitious for our own good. While it’s great to be excited about making positive changes, before you know it you’ll have scribbled down more resolutions than you have energy or daylight hours to achieve. This is where the frustration and self-defeat tend to set in.

Setting goals will always be the easy part. The hard part is coming up with a feasible roadmap to help actually achieve these goals, not to mention stay motivated and accountable. Although it may sound exhausting, it doesn’t have to be. Thanks to an ever-increasing demand, we’ve reached a point in our community where there’s something suitable for anyone and everyone seeking to embark upon, build upon, or simply maintain and sustain some form of an active lifestyle.

Sure, everyone’s ideas and ideals for fitness activities are different. Some might think swimming some laps in the pool sounds like a dream, while others (self-included) would rather cycle or run/walk all day before ever considering sticking a single toe in the water for exercise purposes. Some look to yoga to build upon their strength, flexibility and mindfulness, while others prefer the all-around butt-busting jolt that boot camp fitness offers. Some enjoy the confines of the gym, while others couldn’t possibly bear the thought of working out anywhere other than outdoors.

Whether you are looking to break into a new workout regime or kick up your current one, here are a few tangible options to aid you in jumpstarting your January. These are local solutions we hope will take you a giant step closer to achieving your pie in the sky health and fitness resolutions that you’ve set for yourself.

A FITNESS REVOLUTION

Throughout the month of January, the Maritime Park is hosting what they refer to as “A Fitness Revolution.” The idea is to provide opportunities to try a little of everything, find something you like and leave with a mission. Each Saturday offers something a bit different, culminating with an all-inclusive fitness fair held Jan. 25. The best part, other than this series of Saturdays being fun and active, is that this revolution is free. Can’t beat that.

10 a.m. (tentative), Sat. Jan. 4, Zumba with Priscilla and Friends 
Leading the Zumba pack in Pensacola, is none other than Priscilla. The beauty about her classes is that there is no commitment at just $5 a piece. For added convenience, she rotates locations on multiple evenings throughout the week, alternating between Bayview and Sanders Beach Community Centers, making Zumba feasibly workable into most individual schedules. This particular outdoor free Zumba class gives Zumba enthusiasts an opportunity to celebrate a workout they’ve come to know and love, and others who maybe are a little skeptical an opportunity to see what this upbeat dance-infused workout is all about, and maybe even catch the Zumba craze. Zumbapensacola.com

10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. Sat. Jan. 11, City Wide Boot Camp
Presented by Wi-Lo, this event will be similar to the free family boot camp event that took place at the Community Maritime Park this fall. The children’s boot camp begins at 10:30 a.m., with a boot camp for adults to immediately follow at 11:30 a.m.

1 p.m., Sat. Jan. 18, 2nd Annual Mari Gras Run, Walk and Drag in Color
More like a color-filled spectacular than a race, this 5K walk, run and drag in color is presented by Jubilee by the Bay. The course is filled with multiple color stops, and a celebratory atmosphere encompasses the entire shebang.

Sat. Jan. 25, Official Fitness Revolution Fair
During this grand finale fitness expo participants are encouraged to try a little bit of, well, everything.

Pensacola Community Maritime Park
300 W. Main St.
Pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com

POUND THE PAVEMENT

“My First 5K/10K” Class

Perhaps you are starting from scratch or just plan to take your running up a notch in the New Year. If you need someone to all but drag you off the couch and outside onto the pavement, consider signing up for Running Wild’s “My First 5K” Class. The 5K class will help take you on a safe and steady journey from ground zero of running to crossing the finish line of a 3.1 mile 5K in 12 weeks.

If you’ve steadily been building up your mileage and are looking for a slightly longer challenge, the “My First 10K” class is geared toward those individuals who have completed at least one 5K. During this 12-week class you will learn to safely increase distance to comfortably run six miles.

Training for each class is $250 and includes a pair of professionally fit running shoes ($140 value), entry into race, a custom tech run shirt and more. Classes kick off Dec. 30 and meet Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both conclude at the finish line of the Bayou Hills 5K/10K held March 15.

Running Wild
3012 E. Cervantes St.
werunwild.com

Group Runs
If you are unable to commit to a class or are if you are already running routinely and are simply interested in teaming up with others to push yourself a bit harder, here are some running group options to consider, which will help you on your way to the races this year:
Monday
•    runGB (6 p.m.) All abilities. 3-mile run from The Bridge Bar in Gulf Breeze.
•    Seville Quarter Milers  (5:30 p.m.) Seville Quarter Government St. Downtown Pensacola.
Tuesday
•    Running Wild – Six at Six  (6 a.m.)  All abilities welcome. Course is six miles, through East Hill, Downtown and North Hill. Stick around for coffee after the run.
•    McGuire’s Run Club (6 p.m.) Every Tuesday. Meet by the double-decker bus in the parking lot at 5:45 p.m. Run at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday
•    Capt’n Fun Runners (6 p.m.) Quietwater Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Distances vary from 3 to 10 miles; pace varies. After the run enjoy the social meeting at Captain Fun’s on the Boardwalk.
•    Pensacola Bay Brewery Run Club (6 p.m.) Meet at Pensacola Bay Brewery. Choose your distance. Discounts on brews for all participants.
Thursday
•    Running Wild – Six at Six (6 a.m.) All abilities welcome. Course is six miles, through East Hill, Downtown and North Hill.  Stick around for coffee after the run.
•    Running Wild Trail Run- Run at UWF (6 p.m.) Meet at the lower fitness/aquatic center parking lot (lot E) at 6 p.m. for a 45-minute to 1-hour trail run every Thursday. The routes will be determined by group consensus and will be primarily on the UWF mountain bike trails.
Friday
•    Phat Girlz (9:30 a.m.)  This is a women’s only, all abilities running/walking group; 3-6 miles through East Pensacola Heights. This group meets late August through May. During the months of June, July and August join the Girlz at Six at Six on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Meet at Running Wild.
Saturday
•    Running Wild – Saturday Long Run (6 a.m.)  8-10 miles, supported hydration stops, marked courses and more. All abilities are welcome. No sign up needed.

HIT THE GYM

Stay at the YMCA
Not only is it fun to stay at the YMCA of Northwest Florida, it’s even more fun to work out there. With a range of programs for both beginners and gym-enthusiasts, this longstanding gym prides itself on opening its doors to anyone and offering financial assistance. The Y offers a personal training program that will help new members learn how to use the equipment and develop a specially designed individual workout plan.

Included in a membership at the Y is a wide range of programs including group fitness classes. These classes are a great way to see what the Y is all about. While some lower intensity classes such as beginner yoga and senior fitness classes are prime for beginners, additional options include high-energy workouts like spinning, HIIT, and Crossfit (available at the downtown location for an additional fee). On top of classes for adults there are a variety of options for the kids, ranging from simple day camps and childcare, to gymnastics, martial arts and swim team. Mommy & Me Yoga is for mothers and infants to toddlers to exercise together. Prenatal yoga has caught on quickly at the YMCA, providing a class in which mothers who are not allowed to exercise at higher intensities can meditate and stretch.

As a leader in aquatics for more than a century, the Y promotes exercise in the water as a great option for all ages and fitness levels. Options include learning to swim, benefitting from lap swimming, participating in a water aerobics class or enjoying recreational swim opportunities.

YMCA of Northwest Florida
Downtown Branch
410 N. Palafox St.
ymcanwfl.org

Get Fit Anytime
For those who have spent years wearing out the claim of “not having time” to go to the gym, Anytime Fitness puts up a pretty substantial counterargument. The beauty of the Anytime Fitness model is having the freedom and flexibility to work in a workout around your schedule, anytime of the day or night. And with a seven-day trial pass option, what better way to spend your first seven days of 2014?

Member or not, if you feel like jumping in full steam and getting fully indoctrinated, Anytime Fitness is currently offering a special New Year Boot Camp to get you out of what they refer to as the “holiday funk” and powerfully break into a regular exercise routine.

6 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 2014. New Year Boot Camp
This six-week boot camp is hosted by a duo of Anytime Fitness trainers, Lindsey and Courtney. $100 for members; $125 for non-members. Contact Courtney@viufitness.com to learn more.

Anytime Fitness
Downtown Pensacola
100 S. Alcaniz St.
anytimefitness.com

Get Fixed on Fitness
Geared toward newbies and experienced athletes alike, Fixed on Fitness (FOF) prides itself on being the original outdoor fitness boot camp in Pensacola. FOF brings the idea of a structured, outdoor fitness program to the people of our community. A new season of FOF workouts begins Jan. 6, with special incentive rates offered. All memberships, as well as FOF’s four-week trial program are discounted for the first camp of the year. Camps will continue to offer morning and evening time slots in Pensacola, Pace and Perdido. Each camp includes 16 workouts held over a four-week period. In addition to each and every workout being different and dynamic, workouts can be tailored to each individual fitness level. As an added bonus, participants get a nutrition plan and workouts to take home. Plus, FOF creates training plans if you are looking to participate in signature area races and other athletic events. Just be ready — with a retention rate of 85%, there’s a good chance if you give FOF a test run, you may find yourself in it to win it — or at least stick around longer than a few months.

Fixed on Fitness
Pensacola Location
2000 E. Lloyd St.
Fixedonfitness.com

UNROLL YOUR MAT

Ever wondered exactly where, when and with whom you can take a yoga class at any given time? Well, wonder no more. Thanks to a new virtual community, Yogapensacola.com, individuals now have an online hub home to all of this information and more. The site allows you to view all classes offered on any given day and time in an aggregated fashion, and readily enables you sort by types of classes, location and instructors. In addition to being able to customize and print your own schedule, the site also provides guest blogs written by instructors and email reminders. Although the website allows you to plan your yoga workouts on a daily basis, schedules are available two weeks out so you can even plan ahead.

Initial studio listings include the well-established Breathe Yoga Studio, satellite campus Urban Deshi, and the newest yoga and wellness studio to come to town, Uru Yoga and Beyond. Each location offers a variety of classes for all experience levels, ranging from gentle flow classes, to more invigorating hot yoga workouts, and even aerial classes if you are setting your sights higher.

YogaPensacola.com is currently in the beta stages of operations, and will officially launch Jan. 1, 2014.

Breathe Yoga and Wellness Studio
505 Adams St.
breathepcola.com

Urban Deshi
5043 Bayou Blvd., Suite A

Uru Yoga and Beyond
2400 Executive Plaza Drive
uruyoga.com