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.
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one?s nosehairs.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Boasting credentials such as registered yoga instructor, doctor of health psychology, and licensed counselor, Dr. Kimberly Lichte-Madakasira helps clients conquer physical and emotional tension by combining Eastern and Western healing modalities. The spacious, lilac-toned studio flooded with natural light soothes guests with burnished hardwood floors and a ceiling mural of peaceful, downward-hippopotamus-shaped clouds. Here, students of all experience levels flow through therapeutic yoga classes, such as Yoga for Cancer Recovery, traditional Hatha yoga, and Yoga for Stress. As a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Kimberly is able to create custom yoga plans designed to help students find relief from specific physical and emotional ailments.
The Golf Card International grants discounted access to more than 3,000 courses throughout North America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1974 by course-hopping golf enthusiasts, Golf Card helps players gain discounted tee times and includes enough peripheral perks to inundate even the most casual player and turn them into at least a great golf cart driver.
Golf Card permits access to 78 courses in the state of California alone, and roughly 75 courses in Florida. Players can enjoy courses like Half Moon in Montega Bay, Jamaica and others in Costa Rica and the US Virgin Islands as well. Members also receive a free year's subscription to Golf Digest magazine and discounts on golf gear and accessories from Worldwide Golf Shops' online store.