Thursday, November 17, 2011

Master the Possibilities Education Center Announces Expanded Winter Class Schedule

Master the Possibilities Education Center in Ocala announced their largest class schedule in their 6 year history. The usual Winter catalog will be expanded into a Winter/Spring publication covering courses being offered from January to May 2012. With this expansion, the center for lifelong learning will offer more classes and presentations than ever before…well over 500! Categories include academic, health and wellness, computer training and a strong art component being offered monthly. All of these courses and programs are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Master the Possibilities opened its doors in 2006 offering nearly 300 programs with 3,000 enrollments. Now operating in its 6th year, the center has grown its programming to over 800 classes and presentations with over 17,000 enrollments. There are over 100 highly qualified and credentialed instructors.

Registration for the Winter/Spring session is required. The expanded catalog will be posted to and the printed version will be available at the Education Center located in Circle Square Commons at 8415 SW 80th Street, Ocala on Thursday, December 15th. Register online or call 854-3699 to enroll.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Great Shows and Performances Scheduled for 2012 at the Circle Square Cultural Center

The exciting 2012 entertainment line-up at Circle Square Cultural Center has been released and tickets are now on sale. The Cultural Center will be featuring energetic and fun entertainment such as Lovin’ Spoonful, The Duprees, Debby Boone, The Countours, and much more! Plus, an exciting and fun Elvis tribute artist contest! These electrifying performances are sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

Circle Square Cultural Center (CSCC) at Circle Square Commons in Ocala, FL brings top name entertainment to the area, featuring spectacular events and performers every year. With theatre-style seating for over 800 guests, you’ll have an incredible concert experience in this unique intimate setting. In addition to concerts, CSCC is the largest indoor venue for banquets in Ocala. This beautiful auditorium also hosts theatrical productions, dances, conventions, expos, fundraising events, and more.

For more information on the 2012 entertainment line-up including times, dates and tickets, visit or call 352-854-3670. The Circle Square Cultural Center is located at 8395 SW 80th Street in Ocala.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting Results From Your Fitness Program by Larry Robinson

Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you're not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or the results come too slowly. Here are several tips to avoid this from happening and help you get the results you want from your fitness program.

Set goals

Start with a goal and make it a S.M.A.R.T. goal. S.M.A.R.T. stands for; specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely based. The idea is to set a goal and hold yourself accountable to it. For example, if you’re just starting an exercise program your S.M.A.R.T. goal might be to exercise for 30 minutes, 3 days a week, which is the minimum that is required to gain a health related benefit.

Make it fun

Find sports or activities that you enjoy and then vary the routine to prevent boredom. Having a workout ‘buddy’ is also a great idea. This can add social time to your exercise and keep you accountable to someone other than yourself. There is a great quote from a new book entitled ‘Bending the Aging Curve’ the author Dr. Joseph F. Signorile states: “we have engendered in the American population an environment of failure. Rather than helping the public to see exercise as a two-for-one special, providing both health benefits and recreation, we have made it a second job that a person must complete every day or be considered a failure”. Perhaps you need to change your perception, try replacing the word ‘exercise’ with ‘activity’.

Make physical activity part of your daily routine

If you are finding it hard to make time to be active you may be falling back on excuses. Schedule your fitness commitments as you would any other important activity. You can also slip in physical activity throughout the day. Make lifestyle choices that support being active, use the stairs, take a walk instead of the golf cart, and get involved with clubs and organizations that keep you moving.

Put it on paper

Are you hoping to lose weight? Gain strength? Sleep better? Manage a chronic condition? Write it down! It is a good idea to keep an exercise diary. Seeing the benefits of regular exercise on paper may help you stay motivated. Record what you did during each exercise session, how long you exercised for and how you felt afterward. Recording your efforts helps to keep you focused and remind you that you're making progress.

Reward yourself

After each workout session or fitness class, take a few minutes to savor the good feelings that exercise gives you. This type of internal reward can help you make a long-term commitment to regular exercise. External rewards can help too. When you reach a longer range goal, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes or new tunes to enjoy while you exercise.

Be flexible

If you're too busy to work out or simply don't feel up to it, take a day or two off. Be gentle with yourself if you need a break. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as you can. Remember it’s never too late to start exercising; the benefits of staying active are extremely important for maintaining muscle, strength and quality of life!

November Fit Tips

Fit Tip #1 Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good about yourself. This is a tremendous bonus; your muscles and your mind get to feeling good!

Fit Tip #2 Set yourself a goal (a S.M.A.R.T. goal) then use your exercise diary to keep track of your progress.

Fit Tip #3 Exercise is safe for people of all ages; it is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves when it comes to aging optimally.

Larry Robinson has been a personal trainer at On Top of the World Communities' Health & Recreation Department for the past 3 years.