• No Payne, No Gain: Campus Recreation offers more than ‘just a gym’

    Contrary to my current priorites, beforethe fall of 2004, I had never set foot in a gym. When the desire for a change of scenery (and abundant scholarship money) brought me to Southern Miss freshman year, it took a few months (and the standard 15lb weight gain from the commons’ pizza and Cherry Coke) before I first became acquainted with the Payne Center. 

  • A Judgement Free Planet

    When I’m not getting treated to personal training sessions or experimenting with new ways to torture myself with infrared hotboxes, my home gym is one of Hattiesburg’s newest facilities, one that just happens to have won Best Place to Work Out in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt awards – Planet Fitness. 

  • TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    Darrel Jackson, Brass Hat

  • Pure Performance: Finding inspiration amongst the weight racks

    A simple piece of paper taped above the community scale at Pure Performance Gym & Fitness Center bears the above message. As someone who spends a considerable amount of her free time in fitness pursuits (some might even call it a ‘hobby’), getting caught up in the numbers game happens from time to time. So, I considered that unassuming sign, quietly affirming that my self-worth is not dictated by three little numbers, an added perk of this month’s featured gym.

  • getting personal: Everything you always wanted to know about personal training but were afraid to ask

    While I wouldn’t say I’ve been procrastinating working on my beach body (see previous months’ forays into cycling, yoga and even dancing), the collective total of weddings, bachelorette parties and vacations I’ve been lucky enough to participate in during the past year reaches nearly to 20.  With my annual beach vacation waiting for me at the end of this month, I decided it is time to seek the help of a professional. 

  • Dancing 101: How I learned to stop worrying, and love the beat

    When I arrived at the Front Street studio of Hattiesburg Ballroom and Beyond on a Thursday evening, donning my dancing shoes and a case of the new student jitters, there wasn’t a single corner for this Baby to hide in.

  • Thinking Inside the Box: Hotworx

    I don’t shy away from a sweaty workout. In a former life, I operated a Hot yoga studio for several years and still managed to get away with washing my hair only once a week. When I first heard whispers of a hot yoga in Hattiesburg, that was taught by someone other than yours truly, I saw it as a challenge. And then I met the virtual instructors of the HOTWORX infrared spa at Planet Beach, located right next to my pals at UpDown Trampoline Park.

  • Budokon: The Way of the Warrior Spirit

    Budokon: Interesting word. Broken down, Bu (warrior) – Do (way) – Kon  (soul) translates loosely to “the way of the warrior spirit.” At first glance, (as say, in the photo above), Budokon can appear as any other yoga class. When I arrived at Daniel Wise’s yoga studio, housed in the second story of athletic training facility Mississippi Elite, as a practicing yogi the set up was familiar – yoga mats, standard liability waiver, a soft unobtrusive playlist setting the tone for an active class. Aside from the astroturf flooring, all signs pointed to a typical yoga flow experience.

  • Modern Fit

    When a friend suggested I visit the Petal Family YMCA for my feature, I had to turn to Google maps to decide whether my schedule would allow me to commit to trekking across the bridge for workouts. Surprised to discover the non-profit was only 15 minutes (and one time when running late for a Toning Express class, a memorizing 12-minute jaunt) from my doorstep, I contacted Membership Coordinator Ginny Reynolds to schedule an orientation.

  • Fit on 4th Street

    While I've bragged about my arsenal of gym memberships, there has always been a workout even I have avoided: high intensity interval training with big ole weights, commonly known as Crossfit. It wasn't a fear of gaining bulky muscles or inconvenient class times that kept me away; I was flat out intimidated.

  • Pages