The state-of-the-art equipment, convenient amenities, and variety of exercise classes at Courthouse Racquet & Fitness's six locations earned the club several of Jackson Free Press's Urban Living awards in 2011 and 2012, including Best Fitness Center/Gym and Best Yoga Instructor. Visit the flagship Lakeland location to swim in a pool of professional athletic proportions. Explore the 13,000-square-foot Madison 51 facility's yoga, spin, and boot-camp classes or the Northeast center's indoor and outdoor tennis courts.
The newest location in Brandon boasts more than 100 treadmills, elliptical machines, rowers, and other pieces of cardio equipment. Women can take advantage of the Downtown site's ladies-only cardio area. Three locations offer childcare, and the Byram facility has launched an afterschool program, where kids can do arts and crafts and engage in healthy physical activities in an environment devoid of teddy-bear drill instructors.
Jackson Dragway Park offers thrilling family-oriented entertainment on a large, outdoor raceway. Families and nonrelated onlookers cheer on their favorite racers as they peel around the turns in drag cars, ATVs, trucks, and motorcycles. Engine enthusiasts can meet the daring drivers after their swing around the track for autographs and pictures, or to compare favorite bumper-sticker mottoes. Saturday-night attendees also can enjoy two free hot dogs to satisfy hunger kicked up by howling tires and roaring engines. With music playing and the option to purchase extra food and drinks, Jackson Dragway makes a great night out for families, dates, and DMV employees looking to unwind. Races are Tuesday and Saturday nights.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Boasting credentials such as registered yoga instructor, doctor of health psychology, and licensed counselor, Dr. Kimberly Lichte-Madakasira helps clients conquer physical and emotional tension by combining Eastern and Western healing modalities. The spacious, lilac-toned studio flooded with natural light soothes guests with burnished hardwood floors and a ceiling mural of peaceful, downward-hippopotamus-shaped clouds. Here, students of all experience levels flow through therapeutic yoga classes, such as Yoga for Cancer Recovery, traditional Hatha yoga, and Yoga for Stress. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Kimberly is able to create custom yoga plans designed to help students find relief from specific physical and emotional ailments.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
One of the only Anusara-based yoga studios in the area, Butterfly Yoga helps yogis connect with their inner triple-threat of body, heart, and mind using expressive postures and meditation. As deep stretches are reached and sweet-scented perspiration is released, students can find themselves reaching deeper spiritual awareness and discarding old habits. With more than 15 classes held each week, students of all skill levels can find a time in the morning, afternoon, or evening to develop their flexibilities and sensibilities.