At CrossFit Clinton, group workouts charge the atmosphere with a communal vibe that powers members toward their last remaining reps. Each routine incorporates functional movements such as pushing, jumping, and carrying, while techniques from Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics set muscles ablaze. Though CrossFit's credo revolves around a varied lineup of high-intensity exercises, all moves are scalable and can accommodate clients of every fitness background. The gym’s head coach, Adam Rees, wields CrossFit Level 1 certification, which not only bespeaks his expertise but grants his students immediate access to VIP celebrity cage matches.
Instructor Paula Eure discovered Zumba for the first time on a chance trip to Atlanta with her friends. Infatuated after her first workout, Paula set to work earning her certification in the lively, Latin-inspired dance classes. Paula now leads up-tempo dance parties several days a week, and is certified to teach Zumba’s sub-styles that emphasize muscle toning and classes specifically designed for children and older participants.
Some people prefer to pursue personal transformation in the privacy of their own home; others need to leave their home behind to seek change. Sassy Fitness's instructors cater to both sorts of students, with pole-dancing classes held either in their studio or brought to living rooms and offices. For mobile classes, they bring along a variety of poles and are able to accommodate most schedules. They teach small group classes or work with students one-on-one, beginning with light exercises to build upper body strength and simple moves to boost confidence.
Grayson and Chris, the co-owners and cohead coaches at Crossfit 601 South, have five CrossFit certifications between them. Along with a team of other certified coaches, they design a new workout each day incorporating varied, functional exercises from CrossFit’s arsenal of moves. During each class the athletes go hard—repping out Olympic lifts and pushups or running, rowing, and performing plyometrics during Workouts of the Day (WODs), which change each day.
General dentist April Turnage, DMD heads up Turnage Family Dentistry, a community-minded practice that meets a spectrum of dental needs. She performs general procedures such as check-ups and cleanings, as well as cosmetic treatments that make teeth look bright and aligned. For individuals with more serious oral issues, Dr. Turnage restores smiles with dentures, partials, and implants.
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.