Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.
It's hard to get out rock climbing regularly. Basketball courts don't fit in the average home. The facilities at The Rush Fitness let everyone get in an exciting workout, though, with climbing walls, pools, athletic courts, and more. At 23 locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Dalton, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Greenville, skilled trainers preside over those amenities. They also lead more than 500 group exercise classes, which might touch on everything from yoga to Zumba. Those classes, as well as the requisite array of free weights and cardio equipment, have helped the chain win a range of "best gym" awards.
Students should bring: water bottle, stroller
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, and bring a stroller for the kids.
Certified CrossFit coaches help clients get into better shape through exercises based in functional movements, as well as encouraging a healthy diet that eliminates sugar and minimizes starch. Workouts include a mix-and-match of power lifts, pull-ups, push-ups, rope climbs, and jumps. Coaches maximize results by using giant tires, sand bags, and other devices that keep muscles on their toes.
Certified trainer Jamell McLean and his partner in health, Maria Mendez, believe that wellness starts at the cellular level. Together, they provide nutritional counseling, education, and fitness classes to clients ready to change the way their body looks and feels. With motivation, correct nutrition, and hard work, Jamell and Maria help clients reach tangible weight-loss and fitness goals, providing fun weight-loss challenges and group exercise sessions at their fitness center.
Wine and Design’s team of local artists organizes painting classes and get-togethers for any occasion. They provide all the necessary materials⎯including paints, canvases, aprons, brushes, and corkscrews⎯and lead students stroke by stroke as they craft whimsical pictures of subjects such as animals, landscapes, and flora. They also invite guests to bring their own drinks to the party to enhance the fun.