Since 1923, the par 72 course housed in the confines of the Country Club of Canton has been challenging golfers of all ages and levels of ability with 6,322 yards of rolling fairways, tricky angles, and a hilly landscape. Made with an assortment of smooth Bermuda grass and greens, the playground for checkered pants is peppered with hazardous vacuoles of water, ball-refracting trees, and suspiciously self-aware umbrellas. Post- or pre-golf excursion appetites can be satiated at the country club's restaurant grille with the stomach-sating Sunday lunch buffet (cost not included in today's Groupon).
DeShelia V. Hughes tailors her massage style for every client. Every session starts with a discussion of any complaints clients have had recently, after which DeShelia decides what techniques from a wide range of massage modalities she'll use to dissolve their stress or pain. Her repertoire of techniques includes Swedish massage, lypossage, and myofacial, which she uses to knead away knots more effectively than Alexander the Great's favorite cat. Whether she’s performing a reflexology treatment or practicing deep-tissue or lymph-drainage massage, DeShelia makes sure to explain her approach to clients and answer any questions. At the end of a session, clients often enjoy less pain and improved mobility.
Head Master Park and the staff at Martial Arts Academy help students find a path of total lifestyle wellness, building their physical strength and character during tae kwon do classes. Having been awarded the Presidential Sports Award and taught in England, Korea, and the United States, Head Master Park possesses the know-how to lead students of all ages, experience levels, and body types. In his classes, he teaches students valuable self-defense and martial-arts techniques while instilling the tenets of the martial-arts way: respect, self-confidence, and discipline. Martial Arts Academy follows 10 distinct teaching principles that include aspects such as staying faithful to friends, respecting elders, and celebrating every life milestone by breaking a board in half.
Next Generation Fitness 24/7's storefront gym unfurls into an expansive studio where a buzzing hive of massage therapists, personal trainers, and kickboxing coaches motivates guests at all hours of every day. The gym's signature P90X and boot-camp classes run students through a gambit of cardio, strength training, and muscle confusion—a technique for working out every muscle group and maximizing regimens. To kick-start individual workouts, coaches teach students to make the most of the amenities, which include strength- and resistance-training machines and cardio equipment such as cycles and treadmills. Carpeted side-rooms house massage therapists whose hands roam backscapes to root out soreness and muscles tension, relaxing patrons after intense workouts full of hoisting free weights or letting the treadmill take a turn running on your back.
Whisper Lake Country Club's verdant course encompasses 4,645 yards of kempt bermuda-grass fairways into a compact-but-challenging par 64 course. Golfers can prepare for rounds with swing-loosening stints at the driving range. There, wise players will focus on mid-length shots and keep drivers securely covered so they don't recognize rounds of golf are being played without them. Various short, drivable par 4s line the course, eschewing the longball in favor of pinpoint long irons or fairway woods, encouraging duffers to direct orbs to hospitable landing areas and set up favorable angles to approach fast, tifdwarf greens. Four sets of tees make the course surmountable for golfers of all abilities, and its compressed yardage—the 18-hole course only features two, relatively short par 5s compared to nine par 3s—allows duffers to complete rounds in about three hours or less, freeing up valuable time to tend to workday obligations or mow basement shag carpets into in-home putting greens. Cart rental is included in all options.
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.
In 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett shared her love of jazz dance with the world through an original exercise program known as Jazzercise. Almost instantaneously a phenomenon, the regimen took off and grew to include 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries around the world. The Jazzercise Ridgeland Fitness Center counts itself amongst one of the many locations that continues to carry Judi’s torch.
True to the original program, instructors fuse elements of many other athletics into the framework of jazz dance. Pilates and yoga strengthen the core and help build long and lean muscle. Resistance training provides muscle definition and explosive-movement power, which can be used to light a troublesome grill by slapping it. Kickboxing classes and classic jazz steps round out the program, providing cardio training that builds endurance. Because the program involves simple, easy-to-follow moves, it is an accessible form of exercise for people of all skill and experience levels.