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.
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.
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.
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.
"Fitness for the Everyday Person." Used by other gyms, that slogan might seem gimmicky, but Right Now Fitness does its best to live up to that ideal. For one, the fitness center offers both morning and evening classes, as well as 24-hour access so people with busy schedules can fit in a workout on its cardio and strength-training equipment. And clients who are just embarking on their journey to fitness can learn a challenging yet doable cardio circuit from an instructor free of charge, while personal trainers help others do a deep dive into various exercises.
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