Along with a cornerstone philosophy that fitness should be fun, Star Fitness Center boasts modern training equipment and a lineup of certified personal trainers, including a NASM-certified head trainer. Feet can race on a selection of cardio machines, including Nautilus treadmills, ellipticals geared with individual entertainment centers, and Schwinn indoor cycles that take bikers on a stationary journey more fun than the virtual segway ride at Disneyland. Increase strength by lifting free weights or operating contraptions from the XP Load line, or use peer encouragement as a legal performance-enhancing elixir in classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga, each led by certified group-exercise instructors. Dedicated trainers shepherd patrons toward workout ambitions, guiding bodies through two hour-long sessions that accelerate results with individualized routines and advice. On-site childcare is available, and initiation fees are waived for those who wish to join after the month is over.
Though severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina just five months after its debut, Slidell Rocks Climbing Gym rebuilt and reopened just months later and continues to provide the community with opportunities to build up muscular and cardio strength. The climbing center showcases top-rope challenges on walls nearly 40 feet high, as well as lower courses for younger climbers. Two bouldering rooms mimic the lifestyle of ancient arachnid cavemen with rooftop grips and seven hangboards. Between summit attempts, climbers can relax in the concessions area, watching their favorite sports on the televisions and munching on rock candy harvested from an active sugar volcano.
Petting zoo. Horse stable. Vegetable farm. Bed and breakfast. These are just some of the attractions that fill Splendor Farms’ 75 acres. Located just one-fourth a mile outside the National Historic Bogue Chitto River, the farm features a bed and breakfast complete with a swimming pool and fishing area as well as a petting zoo filled with baby goats, ducks, and chickens. Elsewhere, guides lead horseback riders on trail rides across more than 1,000 acres, leading them to destinations unreachable by car or pogo stick. Other entertainments include setups for badminton and croquet, as well as an on-site dachshund kennel where pups roll around and play.
Amid the high-tech environs of a climate-controlled arena with a turf field, Playmakers Indoor Sports facilitates the frolicking needs of recreationalists with a full menu of soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and paintball. Throughout the year, members of various skill levels unite at the enclosed facility for leagues and pickup games, eliminating alfresco annoyances such as bad weather and verbally abusive seagulls. Every Friday night, the Northshore location's field sprouts a series of inflatable bunkers for paintball sessions, during which sharpshooters strap on provided protective gear and the equipment necessary for dappling human canvases with high-speed brushstrokes. Staffers further enlighten budding athletes during sports camps and kids' programs, and the facility can be rented out for private parties.
Dedicated to helping people of all ages achieve their fitness goals, the friendly trainers at Gilboy's Health Club equip their clients with everything they need to succeed. In the cardio room, a fleet of treadmills and stationary bikes facilitates sweat-inducing sessions, and weight machines help build lean muscle mass. Health-club mainstays such as spinning and flow-yoga classes are offered alongside Gilboy’s originals such as the leg- and glute-sculpting Rock Bottoms or Pilates blender, a low-impact class that imbues bodies with the flexibility of a warm piece of chewed bubblegum.