H2O Scuba Center offers scuba diving courses that take students from the shallows of an indoor swimming pool to the depths of the ocean. For beginners, open water classes cover breathing techniques and safety regulations, while advanced certification courses give divers enough skill to locate Blackbeard’s sunken Kindle. The training team also leads a variety of specialty courses such as underwater photography and cave diving. Those looking for a more exotic experience can join the crew on one of their organized scuba diving trips to locations such as Mexico and the Bahamas.
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.
Outdoors Inc. is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear and apparel. With a vast stock of goods from brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Arc'teryx, and more, there's no shortage of trustworthy items to layer atop your torso, snuggle inside of, or grapple with over a sheer cliff's face. Socks from Smart Wool (up to $20) protect the other end of the human form in a variety of sweat-wicking, cozy options. Customers can pack a peck of pickled peppers in a purse from Kavu ($40 and under) or slip safely into a pair of women's classic argyle Uggs ($140). Find all sorts of accoutrements, from Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayaks ($749), Arbor Slater Koa skateboards ($179.95), and North Face venture jackets ($99) to Vibram FiveFingers Bikila shoes ($100) and perennially fashionable headlamps ($50) in time for your annual hiking trip into the Pacific Ocean with the nature-ready goods at Outdoors Inc.
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 Jackson Generals snag flies, slam homers, and take on Southern League rivals in pursuit of a 2011 championship. With the Family Four Pack, two adults and two tots decamp to general-admission seats at Pringles Park, catching nine innings, foul balls, and photos for homemade baseball cards at any Generals home game until June 18. Famished fans refuel with a concessions package featuring four tickets for hot dogs, sodas, and cherries jubilee served in souvenir fireproof helmets. Reap additional benefits on one of the Generals' special promotions nights, delighting in $1 concessions on Thrifty Thursdays, postgame firework displays after weekend contests, and "Dress Like a Pirate Night" on May 19.