Instructor Paula Eure discovered Zumba for the first time on a chance trip to Atlanta with her friends. Infatuated after her first workout, Paula set to work earning her certification in the lively, Latin-inspired dance classes. Paula now leads up-tempo dance parties several days a week, and is certified to teach Zumba’s sub-styles that emphasize muscle toning and classes specifically designed for children and older participants.
At CrossFit Clinton, group workouts charge the atmosphere with a communal vibe that powers members toward their last remaining reps. Each routine incorporates functional movements such as pushing, jumping, and carrying, while techniques from Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics set muscles ablaze. Though CrossFit's credo revolves around a varied lineup of high-intensity exercises, all moves are scalable and can accommodate clients of every fitness background. The gym’s head coach, Adam Rees, wields CrossFit Level 1 certification, which not only bespeaks his expertise but grants his students immediate access to VIP celebrity cage matches.
Grayson and Chris, the co-owners and cohead coaches at Crossfit 601 South, have five CrossFit certifications between them. Along with a team of other certified coaches, they design a new workout each day incorporating varied, functional exercises from CrossFit’s arsenal of moves. During each class the athletes go hard—repping out Olympic lifts and pushups or running, rowing, and performing plyometrics during Workouts of the Day (WODs), which change each day.
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.
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.
The V in Pilates V Studio stands for viva, and it symbolizes the staff's mission to enrich lives through movement. The staff utilizes a large catalog of equipment in pursuit of this goal, from stability balls and kettle bells to gondola poles and magic circles, so named for their ability to make sharp table corners disappear. Their principal apparatus, however, is the reformer. As they position guests aboard the resistance-training machine, the certified instructors customize their instructions, depending on each client's history and fitness aims. Their one-hour classes and private sessions accommodate students of all ages and skill levels, working to bolster core muscles, enhance posture, and improve flexibility with traditional Pilates exercises.
Though people come for the cardio, Zumba tends to ensnare exercisers with its Latin choreography, international rhythms, and dance-party vibe. Laurie Smith had always dreamed of opening her own studio, and after meeting the owners of Brickhouse Cardio Club she knew this was her opportunity to help the Flowood community achieve their fitness goals. Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations with new sites opening soon in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. Each club focuses almost exclusively on Zumba, hosted in pared-down studios with the franchise’s signature electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.