11 Fitness Activities – Anna Maria Island

When visiting Anna Maria Island there are plenty of fitness activities to keep you feeling healthy during your paradise getaway. Enjoy a great vacation guilt free when you try out these Top 11 fitness activities on Anna Maria Island.

Top 11 Fitness Activities

1. Going to the gym: Kick boxing class with Reggie is best! I love working out with my personal trainer Brenda and doing the different boot camps offered!
Island Fitness: 5317 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
– Phone: (941) 778-5200

2. Fit Crew: Great boot camp style work out (very similar to CrossFit) sometimes they have a beach work out on AMI!
– First class is free! Come and see if you like it!
– 608 19th Ave West, Bradenton, FL 34205
– Phone : (941) 447-9272

3. Bike riding from the Anna Maria Island to the Robinson Preserve and back. If you are looking for other parks nearby check out our list here.
– I love the 11 mile back ride, easily done in 1 hour, always able to spot local wildlife!
– Robinson Preserve: 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 748-4501

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Riding a bike is a great fitness activity on Anna Maria Island.

4. Bike riding to Harry’s Continental Kitchen on Longboat Key.
– The food is amazing!
– This is about a 16 mile bike ride.
– Harry’s continental Kitchen: 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
– Phone: (941) 383-0777

Insider tip:  The Coquina Bike path is a great low key bike path that takes you off the streets and lets you bike on a side walk close to the Beach!

5. Paddle boarding or kayaking around the bayous and gulf side. Love the workout and being able to be out on the water while getting a tan!

6. Playing golf at one of the many area golf courses.

7. Rollerblading around the many back streets on Anna Maria Island.

8. Playing tennis at the local free tennis courts, or shooting some hoops at the public Basketball Court.

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Tennis is a great fitness activity during your Anna Maria Island vacation.

9. Go Legs Spin Studio very close to IMG Academies. Hour long spin sessions and toning with weights.
– 2 projectors in the studio to watch music videos and replays of real
Cycle races such as the Tour de France.
– 3549 53rd Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34210
– Phone: (941) 896-7885

10. Activities at the Anna Maria Island Community Center are great for keeping you in shape during your stay on Anna Maria Island. Purchase a Community Center Membership through Island Real Estate for $25!

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The Anna Maria Island Community Center offers great fitness activities

11. Last but not least: going on a sunset beach run along the water. I love taking pictures and watching the day end as I get a good run in!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Homes and Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers the largest selection of Vacation rental homes and accommodations on Anna Maria Island making it the best choice when looking for the perfect vacation destination!

Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental condominium
Runaway Bay offers the perfect Anna Maria Island vacation rentals for those looking to stay fit on vacation. This condominium complex offers a fitness center, tennis court and shuffle board to keep you active during your stay! Click on the image above to reserve your stay at Runaway Bay unimt 279 or 272 today!

Winter Classes begin at the Anna Maria Island Community Center

Anna Maria – Along with a new year, January brings us a plethora of new classes from the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Located at 407 Magnolia Avenue in the city of Anna Maria, visit the Community Center website at www.IslandCommunityCenter.com for a complete list of classes, programs and events throughout the year. Below is a selection of coming classes and starting dates. Fees may apply on classes and/or may need a membership with the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Contact the AMICC for more information by phone at 941-778-1908.


Starting on Wednesday January 7th at 2pm and Thursday January 8th at 10am.

Bridge Lessons

Fridays beginning January 2nd at 10am.

Kids Dance Fitness

Mondays beginning January 12th at 4:15pm.

Tai Chi

Fridays beginning January 2nd from 10:30am-11:30am. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Watercolor Class

Wednesdays from 10am-1pm starting on January 10th through April. $20 per class for members, $25 per class for non-members.


Tuesdays from 9:30am-10:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Staying Strong

Mondays from 10:30am-11:30am starting January 5th. $8 per class for members, $15 per class for non-members.

Conversational Spanish

Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6pm starting January 6th. Preregistration required. $40 for three sessions for members, $50 for three sessions for non-members.

Tennis Anyone?

Monday through Saturday at 7:30am. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30am. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm-5:00pm. Free tennis lessons for children ages 5 to 10. Pre-registration required.


AMI Rental Equipment

AMI rental equipment is a great way to enjoy this place like no other! White sandy beaches and a small town atmosphere with unique opportunities at every corner too!

AMI Rental Equipment

So now that you’ve arrived your noticing all these great ways to spend your time jet skiing, paddle boarding, biking and more. But where does one go to acquire these items? Here are some of the best rental companies on the Island.

Rentals on land

Bikes, golf carts, beach supplies and baby equipment can all be rented from both Fun and More Rentals  and from Beach Bum Rentals. Both of these companies offer free delivery/pickup and excellent service.

Rent scooters and bikes hourly or daily from The Island Scooter Store

Also rent electric bikes and scooters hourly or daily from Segs by the Sea

Binoculars can be rented by the hour from AMI Bird Nerd to take in our varied avian wildlife.

Rentals on Water

Boats can be rented from Anna Maria Island Boat Rentals and the Bradenton Beach Marina

Jet skis can be rented from H2O water sports  and Wavesplash Watersports

Kayak tours and rentals are available from Fun and More Rentals , Beach Bum Rentals , and Happy Paddler Kayak Tours

Exotic rentals

Flyboards can be rented from Top Gun Flyboards for a truly unique experience.

Parasailing can be done through Yolo Parasail  as well as Bradenton Beach Parasailing


AMI Rental Equipment
Kayak Rentals take visitor around the Intracoastal waterways.

What's going on at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in February?

Anna Maria Island – The Anna Maria Island Community Center is a phenomenal community resource that house classes, courses, workshops, an exercise center and cafe. Check out what’s going on at the community center for the rest of the month!

Taste of Vegan

Come and enjoy a positive relationship with food, putting joy back into cooking and never worry again about your food budget. This four week course will cover education and cooking mouthwatering recipes from a best-selling author.
Days: Thursdays in February
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Members: $60 for 4 sessions
Non-Members: $75 for 4 sessions
Instructor: Ellen Jaffe Jones, local athlete and author of best-selling cookbooks

Zumba (starting Feb 4)
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one-of-a kind fitness program that will blow you away. We want you to want to work out, love to work out, and get hooked. Zumba means “to move fast and have fun” and that’s exactly what happens!
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Members: $6.00
Non-Members: $12
Instructor: Grisel McCain

Zumba GOLD
All that Zumba has to offer, only in a low impact form. Perfect for the 50+ crowd!
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Members: $6.00
Non-Members: $12
Instructor: Grisel McCain

Rubber Stamp Crafting & More
This Class will teach you the basics of Rubber Stamping including, how to cut cardstock, stamp, design and many other ways to use your stamps. Also learn different techniques each week that can be used to create beautiful cards and many other paper-crafting projects. Pick up Supply list at AMICC or purchase “kit” from instructor)
Days: Mondays (must have 4 students to begin class) Must Pre-register
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Members: $10.00 plus supplies / Non-members: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Dodie Fausset

Ballroom Dancing – Ballroom Sampler
Come and learn the art of ballroom dancing and the thrill of moving in unison with your partner. This fun filled class will offer a variety of dance instruction on a rotating basis. Dances include, swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, waltz, tango, samba, and more.
Days: Tuesdays (Must have 8 students to begin class) Must Pre-register
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Fee: Members $6 per class or $10 per couple. Non-Members $12 per class or $20 per couple.
Instructor: Robin Rhodes, Dance Instructor

Come see the newest fitness craze sweeping the nation, and AMICC is one of the first to offer it in this area! Exercise and equipment designed to mimic surfing, giving the workout that works all muscles. These classes are designed for all levels of fitness and incorporate yoga, pilates and aerobics. In addition, work on your balance, stability, and posture. Great workout for ALL ages! There is a time and day that will work for everyone. Please pre-register. Space and boards are limited. Classes start January 6, 2014.
Days & Times
Monday: 9:00am – 10:00am, 10:15am – 11:15am
Wednesday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 5:15pm – 6:15pm
Friday: 11:00am – 12:00pm, 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Fees: Members $15 per class; Non-Members $20 per class(package of 10 classes for $50 available)
Instructors: Caleb Roberts and Eileen Heffernan
Space and boards are limited – Please Pre-register to ensure your spot!

Karate (for all ages)
Come learn why so many people have made martial arts a part of their life. You will receive excellent instruction, as well as life skills that impact both kids & adults in a safe and friendly environment. Instructors provided by DOJO Martial Arts.
Days: Monday & Thursday starting in December
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Members: $85 a month. Non-Members; $99 a month
Instructors: Dojo Martial Arts

Family Game Night
Every Monday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Gym. Come have some quality family fun for FREE. Bring your own games or use ours. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(There will be no game night on Feb 17)

This Weekend on Anna Maria Island – December 20th-22nd


This Weekend on Anna Maria Island is a regular section highlighting the various happenings and events going on over the weekend. Check our events calendar for a list of future events.

  • Dec. 21st, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., Artist Cecy Richardson will present a demonstration of mixed media painting at Island Gallery west, at  5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.  It is free and open to the public.


Free Beach Yoga on Bradenton Beach

Anna Maria Island – Like Yoga? Love the beach? Get down to Bradenton Beach for donation based free Yoga classes. Shown to counteract inflexibility, tone and strengthen the body, and invite a sensation of peace into the mind, Yoga is only made better when it is done on the beach.

Yoga on Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria IslandEach class lasts about 30 minutes and complimentary tea is made available at ALUNA Wellness after the session to allow time to calm down and meet each other. Classes are weather permitting, so call 941-778-8400 if you are unsure of the weather. Parking is available at ALÚNA or on 23rd St. Class will take place across the street from ALÚNA. 2219 Gulf Dr. N. Bradenton Beach, FL Classes are taught by certified yoga teacher, Amanda Curl.

The next classes are taking place on Saturday December 19th, Thursday December 26th, Saturday December 28th and January 2nd. Thursday classes are at 5:00 pm, Saturdays are at 8:30 am.

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Stay Fit While Visiting Anna Maria Island!

Vibrant Produce

Why throw away your fitness goals and healthy eating while on vacation? Here on Anna Maria Island it is far less difficult than you may think to keep that healthy lifestyle while enjoying the beaches and the sunsets.

During your stay, visit the Island Fresh Market, located at 5604 Marina Drive. Here, you will find fresh, local produce, fresh fish, and even healthy prepared meals. You can continue your clean eating habits by shopping for the freshest ingredients at this locally owned market. You can spice up your meals by visiting the Olive Oil Outpost, at 401 Pine Avenue, where you will find fresh sauces and oils as well as new recipe ideas!

During your stay on fabulous Anna Maria Island, stay active by riding a bike to the beach rather than driving. You can rent a comfy beach cruiser bike from Beach Bums on Pine Avenue, or from Fun & More.  There are even more great ways to stay active while here on the Island; Stand up paddle boarding is a physical activity, yet is quite relaxing at the same time. It requires balance and tones your muscles while you take in the sites and enjoy the local marine habitat – you may even spot a few manatees or dolphins while on the water! You can paddle board on the beautiful gulf of Mexico with AMI Paddle Boarding, or paddle through the serene mangrove tunnels in Robinson Preserve (highly recommended for beginners) with the  Surfer Bus.

If you prefer to stay active while indoors, Yoga could be perfect for you! A fantastic post to visit is our top ten fitness things to do on Anna Maria Island written by a vacation rental specialist at Island Real Estate.

Stay fit, maintain your clean diet, and you can afford to splurge on a few island treats. Perhaps a morning bite at the Donut Experiment on Pine Avenue, or an ice cream cone at Dips on Gulf Drive. You don’t have to completely deprive yourself of the small treats – just enjoy them in correct portions and with moderation.


Bradenton Beach – Florida FitFest and 5k Treasure Run

Florida FitFest

We are sorry, it appears this event is no longer active and not an opportunity for Anna Maria Island visitors to participate in.

Bradenton Beach will be holding the Florida FitFest & 5k Treasure Run on June 1st at Coquina Beach. The event is free of admission and will have many national and local vendors providing health and fitness information.

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Bradenton – 3rd Annual Manatee Miles Walk-A-Thon


The Robinson Preserve in Bradenton is hosting Manatee county’s 3rd Annual Manatee Miles Walk-A-Thon on Saturday May 11th, 2013. Manatee Miles is a walk-a-thon fundraiser to help benefit United Way of Manatee County. Registration for Manatee Miles is between 7:ooam and 7:50am with the walk starting at 8:00am.

Prior to the walk you can enjoy a free neck and shoulder massage courtesy of Dina Stewart, LMT, or a selection of muffins and fruit courtesy of First Watch Restaurant.

A Chinese Raffle will be held for a donation of $1.00 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5.00. You can enter for a chance to win brunch bucks from First Watch Restaurant, Bradenton Marauders goodies including game tickets, a grand prize 2 night stay at on of Anna Maria Island’s vacation rentals, and more!

Robinson Preserve
99th Street Northwest and 17th Avenue Northwest
Bradenton, FL 34209

Anna Maria Island Community Center – Adult Ballet Class! 2013

Anna Maria Island Community Center

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will be offering a Mixed Movements and Bare Bones Ballet Combo Class! The class is held every Friday from 9:30am to 11:00am with dance instructor Mo Dye! Please be sure to check the Community Center site for up to date information.

Easy dance routines are one of the best ways to get your blood flowing and heart pumping. The class will start off with some core strength building through ballet followed by a cool down and stretch. Improve your overall strength and stamina all while learning some new dance moves. The class costs only $12 for members and $17 for non-members.

Anna Maria Island Community Center
407 Magnolia Ave
Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Public Tennis Court information on Anna Maria

There are tennis courts just at the end of 62nd street in Holmes Beach. Actually the courts are just 6 homes from the Island Real Estate office. There are three public tennis courts and generally it is based on first come first serve. The fence is ample height to retain most errand tennis balls. One fabulous feature is the night lights that are activated by hitting a small button as you walk into the tennis court. The open tennis court overlooks one of several public boat docks on Anna Maria Island.

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