Yoga Center of Jackson channels the energy of its peaceful, brightly lit studio into classes tailored to all fitness and ability levels. Groupon users can choose from Beginner Basics, Gentle Yoga, Intermediate, Advanced, Pilates, and Prenatal yoga sessions taught throughout the week. Each class is designed to improve flexibility, joint mobility, strength, and SAT vocabulary throughout the skeletal, muscular, and nervous system. Practitioners searching for the core stability of a mutual-fund-invested cedar tree can join a Pilates class, and those looking to oil rusty joints can try a Gentle Yoga class. Prenatal yoga classes offer alignment relief to mothers with swelling Buddha bellies, and Beginner Basics teaches new yogis the benefits of improved posture, breath work, and handy semaphore contortions.
Under the tutelage of 4th-degree black-belt sensei Sherwin Moore, students at Fudoshinka Dojo investigate the ins and outs of of martial arts during 90-minute youth and adult karate classes. Calibrated for students between the ages of 5 and 14, kids' classes combine sparring and sets with lessons on culture, etiquette, and history, leaving kids ready to defend themselves from bullies or impress guests at a bully’s garden party. Adult classes train students aged 15 and older with cardiovascular exercise, calisthenics, and self-defense tactics. In addition to physical exercise, Sensei Moore also instills reverence for the main philosphoical tenets of martial arts: self-discipline, respect, and the right to wear white after Labor Day.
The CI-certified trainers and counselors at Curves help women lose weight and tone muscles. Unlimited circuit classes increase heart rates with cardiovascular exercise as well as strength training, and Zumba classes blend Latin-style dancing with a traditional workout to prove that fusion is more than just sushi tacos and Labradoodles. A circle of hydraulic resistance machines engineered specifically for women's bodies are interspersed with cardiovascular recovery boards, where sweat savants focus on keeping up an optimal heart rate. An experienced instructor monitors the room to help students with equipment and to guard the door against cootie-carrying boys.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Equipment: Kettelbells, barbells, medicine balls, free weights, Rogue Fitness
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
The LuvMud Benefit Event sends costumed sprinters charging and trudging along a 5K course riddled with mud, obstacles, and more mud in order to raise funds for Habitat for Hope, a nonprofit organization supporting the families of seriously ill children. Having grown each year since its inception in 2010, the annual race challenges individuals and teams to conquer tough terrain designed with varying levels of difficulty so as to accommodate participants of all fitness levels. Along the route, spectators gather to scout the action, and volunteers stand by to provide directions and tips, such as reminding racers not to eat any mud without sprinkling on a few blades of grass first.
After making it through the final, massive, 50-foot mud pit and crossing the finish line, finishers recharge their bionic legs with fruit, water, and snacks. Meanwhile, an all-day festival celebrates the occasion with live music and food vendors, and showering equipment supplied by the Memphis Fire Department cleans off any caked-on mud and sweat from the race. LuvMud also holds special races that allow participants’ dogs to join in the fun, as well as all-night camping events that include nighttime racing and live music.