Fitness on St Croix: Studio 360

Fitness on St Croix: Studio 360

Studio 360 is your one stop shop for wellness on St. Croix. This state-of-the-art chiropractic wellness and movement center combines chiropractic wellness care with a functional fitness center. Together, these pieces create an environment that supports the goal of helping the body heal itself. Designed with holistic wellness in mind, Studio 360 owners Amanda & Kendall Holmes opened the center in late 2017 after the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Right after we unloaded the equipment into the space, Irma came with little to no damage and Maria soon after,” said Amanda. Unfortunately, hurricane Maria’s 175-mph winds caused catastrophic damage to the island. Although everything was still in plastic, their plans on opening were delayed due to the storm.

Despite the delay, Amanda and Kendall were determined to open Studio 360. With no power for 4 months, they provided personal training sessions at their home and did wellness visits at the studio in the heat. Amanda stated how badly people wanted care after dealing with the stress of the storms. “This is why we train – to stay healthy.” In doing so, the couple was able to help many and be
resilient during the tough times post hurricanes. Creating a healthy community is the purpose and mission at Studio 360 because “a happy community equals healthy people.”

Studio 360 stands out from other fitness centers with their focus on functional movement, which is a new area of exercise, and wellness. The studio strives to help patients achieve an optimal level of wellness where they’re not coming in because of an issue but maintaining overall health before an issue occurs. In addition to the chiropractic wellness session and fitness classes, Studio 360 offers acupuncture, massage therapy, diet and nutrition consultation and reiki, a relaxation, stress reduction and holistic energy healing practice that helps manage health and wellbeing. Their specialty equipment is also one of their standout features, most specifically the K-Mill 360 which was created and designed by Kendall. This multi-directional treadmill allows for movement in all 360 degrees where one can burn up to 52% more calories than walking alone. Using this one-of-a-kind piece of equipment allows muscle utilization in all the ranges they were designed to move, creating a balance physique, stimulated nervous system and improved posture.

Studio 360 is located at Five Corners in Estate La Grande Princess in the old National Guard Building. For more information about Studio 360, visit their website at www.studio360vi.com or give them a call at (340) 514-8376.

Article written by Anquanette Gaspard (agaspard@cruzanfoodie.com) for Coldwell Banker, St. Croix Realty

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Birdwatching on St. Croix

Birdwatching on St. Croix

The White-crowned Pigeon is a near threatened species and we have been seeing them in our front yard! Christie lays out seeds for them and we enjoy their occasional visits. Coincidentally, we came across an article by writer and photographer Robbie Lisa Freeman in the Los Angeles Audubon that mention the White-crowned Pigeon on St. Croix. Freeman is doing a series about birding in the US Virgin Islands and part 1 documents the birds she saw at St. Croix’s Southgate Coastal Reserve and more from her birdwatching experience.

As pointed out in the article, St. Croix has a lot of sweet spots for birdwatching. The Southgate Reserve, St. George Botanical Garden, the East End Nature Preserve and Marine Park, Green Cay National Wildlife Refuge, Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Buck Island Reef National Monument, The Nature Conservancy’s Estate Little Princess preserve, and more have been designated as wildlife sanctuaries to protect nesting habitat and destinations for birdwatchers to admire these amazing creatures.

We encourage you to read the full article here, and we can’t wait to read the rest of the series when it publishes! You can follow Freeman on Instagram @freebird2020LF to see her birding images.

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Photo courtesy of GoToStCroix

Birding at Southgate Coastal Reserve by GoToStCroix.com
Long-awaited Rebuild of  Paul E. Joseph Stadium Resumes

Long-awaited Rebuild of Paul E. Joseph Stadium Resumes

The construction can now resume after FEMA’s clearance on the project. The new stadium is state-of-the-art sports complex in Frederiksted that will be adjacent the Festival Village. It is part effort to revitalize Frederiksted according to the VI Consortium. The Governor’s administration continues its plan of overhauling Frederiksted that includes renovating and upgrading the Ann E. Abramson Pier, landscaping and other enhancements to the Waterfront Park, rebuilding the Midre Cummings Park, street repairs and paving in Downtown Frederiksted and reconstruction of the Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort, known as the Frederiksted Pool area. We look forward to a transformation that will serve local residents and be a boost for tourism.

Photo of stadium rendering from 2020

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Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort in Frederiksted Groundbreaking

Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort in Frederiksted Groundbreaking

We are excited to hear that work is underway to rebuild the pool and facilities destroyed four years ago by Hurricanes Irma and Maria at the new Vincent F. Mason Sr. Coral Resort in Frederiksted. Local leaders broke ground on Tues. October 19, 2021. Reconstruction is slated to be completed by the second quarter of 2022!

The Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation and the Office of Disaster Recovery worked together to receive more than $2 million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the twin 2017 hurricanes destroyed the park.

The plans for the park, which has been known as the Frederiksted Pool area, include new pool, security lights, a lifeguard station and chairs, lights and fencing for turtle nesting, new benches, a new barbecue station, new volleyball nets and posts, and more according to the St. Croix Source. We look forward to seeing families getting together at the park to eat and play games and children learning to swim and having fun at the pool!

Photo by Garry Anthony for Government House

Want to read more? See article from VI Consortium

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All Inclusive Divi Carina Beach Resort and Casino in St Croix

All Inclusive Divi Carina Beach Resort and Casino in St Croix

That hotel has been shut down for 4 years since Hurricane Maria and we get a lot of questions about when that’s going to re-open. We are so happy to seeing the relaunch in October! According to their September announcement on Facebook, the resort will be a room-only resort until February 1, 2022, and with the all-inclusive program on the horizon. See the resort website for details.

Named as one of Travel & Leisure’s Best All-inclusive Resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands recently, the Divi Carina Beach Resort and Casino will be fully relaunched as an all inclusive, adults only resort with 200 rooms. The resort has redesigned rooms and suites and also includes an on-site casino, a restaurant and bar for late-night options. Amenities will include non-motorized watersports, a mini-golf course, tennis and pickleball and a 24-hour fitness center, along with two freshwater pools. Read more in the Caribbean Journal.

Photo courtesy of Divi Carina Beach Resort and Casino

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St. Croix Pickleball

St. Croix Pickleball

Pickleball is a sport that combines tennis, badminton, and ping-pong all in one, and it’s growing in popularity in the US Virgin Islands!

The St. Croix Pickleball Committee thinks the sport gained traction in the territory about 2 years ago and has been organizing tournaments at different times in a year. The recent tournament on August 21st had 12 teams competing head-to-head for prizes and medals. The event was great outdoor fun for the participants and for the spectators who came out to support the event. Anyone interested in learning how to play pickleball or in donating towards improving the pickleball courts can contact Linda Midlikowski at 340-473-0215 (read the full article on St. Croix Source).

Congratulations to the winners of the tournament!
– First place: Jayson Williams and Elle Abraham
– Second place: Mayya Kawar and Brandon Rausch
– Third place: Judy Leonardis and Alice Kuo

According to the USA Pickleball Association, pickleball has had a 650 percent increase in numbers over the last six years with the largest growth not necessarily in the over 60 age range. Created in 1965 near Seattle, pickleball was named after pickle boats, the thrown-together crew that sometimes competes in rowing. The sport has been popular for about 20 years in Florida and other places with large numbers of retirees. Currently, there are many municipalities and parks and recreation departments that are setting up courts, making it accessible to a younger crowd according to NBC News.

#pickleball #stcroix #stcroixusvi #usvi #caribbean #island #community #sport #islandliving #outdoor #fun

Photo of Pickleball Tournament participants by Linda Midlikowski