After competing together on the 1996 US Olympic gymnastics team, John Macready and John Roethlisberger channeled their enthusiasm into another athletic venture—except in this one, the balance beams were replaced with mud fields. Mudsanity—a 5-mile mud run—resulted. The race’s permanent home by the banks of Lake Frances ensures boggy terrain and allows the founders to build creative obstacles right into the scenery. These obstacles range from mountains of hay bales to steep hills and outright vertical climbs. After the race, athletes relax at an Oktoberfest party that lasts all weekend, complete with live music, piping-hot bratwursts, and beer grown in the onsite beer garden.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
During 60-minute Stroller Strides outdoor classes, moms get to tear up a nearby trail while enjoying the company of their babies and fellow baby enthusiasts. Participants mix stroller pushing and power walking with pit stops for resistance-band exercises that, taken together, bestow a total-body workout. All instructors are certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and classes are structured so that moms can keep their sultans of the sedan chair fuss-free. Stroller striders should bring a water bottle, yoga mat or towel, sunscreen, and snacks. Specialty jogger strollers are not required, but umbrella style strollers are not recommended. All fitness levels are welcome.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed parent/child program at both facilities. The program features diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy programs in gymnastics that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule for Knoxville and Farragut to confirm times.