At each Gold's Gym, temperature-controlled group exercise rooms host yoga classes, and exercisers in a nearby cardio cinema room pedal and jog while watching full-length films. A cycling room and functional training equipment such as ropes and kettlebells afford further options for varied workouts. Alternatively, Gold's Gym personal trainers can guide workouts, ensuring clients are using proper form and getting the most out of their exercise regimens.
Shea Brock is the fun-loving tour de force behind Boro Hoops, where she leads invigorating hula-hoop exercise classes. If you get into hooping in a big way—and chances are you will—you can buy one of Shea's custom hoops suited to your size and color preferences.
The staff of yoga instructors and belly dancers at The Yoga Nest helps clients get in shape with a varied curriculum of fitness classes. Unique exercise sessions include barre classes—which combine Pilates, ballet, and yoga—as well as aerial yoga lessons, in which participants flex into traditional yoga poses while enmeshed in fabric hanging from the ceiling.
At CrossFit Murfreesboro, head coach Josie Parsons leads a team of certified Level One CrossFit trainers who help students build endurance, strength, and flexibility. Classes range from yoga sessions to weightlifting training to classes aimed at active moms.
The LuvMud Benefit Event sends costumed sprinters charging and trudging along a 5K course riddled with mud, obstacles, and more mud in order to raise funds for Habitat for Hope, a nonprofit organization supporting the families of seriously ill children. Having grown each year since its inception in 2010, the annual race challenges individuals and teams to conquer tough terrain designed with varying levels of difficulty so as to accommodate participants of all fitness levels. Along the route, spectators gather to scout the action, and volunteers stand by to provide directions and tips, such as reminding racers not to eat any mud without sprinkling on a few blades of grass first.
After making it through the final, massive, 50-foot mud pit and crossing the finish line, finishers recharge their bionic legs with fruit, water, and snacks. Meanwhile, an all-day festival celebrates the occasion with live music and food vendors, and showering equipment supplied by the Memphis Fire Department cleans off any caked-on mud and sweat from the race. LuvMud also holds special races that allow participants’ dogs to join in the fun, as well as all-night camping events that include nighttime racing and live music.
At the helm of Cargo Fitness is Carlos R. Gonzalez, a former track athlete at the high-school, collegiate, and international levels and a former strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball club. Gonzalez draws upon this experience to provide a variety of training programs for those looking to lose weight, build endurance, and improve their health. His group fitness classes welcome exercisers of all skill levels to engage in full-body workouts, working to burn fat, tone muscle, and jump high enough to finally get that raccoon out of the top cupboard. Meanwhile, his strength and conditioning programs use individualized exercises to steer athletes toward their goals. Finally, he also offers online workout programs that augment personalized plans with weekly feedback sessions via phone or email.