CLAYTON — The new year signals a fresh start and for many people, with the new beginning comes the inspiration to be healthy, and fit. There are several fitness centers around town that are catering to the desire to be healthy, including typical gyms with membership deals, and also a dance and yoga studio offering new classes.
Both Clayton Fitness and Gold’s Gym are offering one dollar enrollment fees through the end of January for those interested in hitting the gym to burn off the pounds. Each gym also offers a variety of classes beyond the opportunity to lift weights and do cardio, with options including spinning, Zumba, yoga, and a Silver Sneakers class for seniors.
Woodall’s Fitness Studio, located at 34 Oleander Drive, is offering a January punch card. Customers can purchase 11 classes for $140. The card can be used for 90 days and it has to be purchased in january. Anyone with the card can take a variety of classes, including body pump, boot camp, dance-fit, stretch and flex, boxing, and an ignite class. There is no membership fee.
For those who’ve had their interest piqued by the practice of yoga, but who may have been intimidated by the thought of bending over backwards in a room full of pros, a deal at Purna Yoga East allows beginners to get acquainted with yoga in a less intimidating manner.
Purna Yoga East, located in a restored bank building at 107 East First Street, is offering a six week introductory class for beginners series that is $60. Participants attend the class once a week and also have access to to unlimited yoga classes for free during the series. There are different class times people can choose from so they can find one that fits their schedules. Classes are held on Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. The class starts on January 7. “Everyone starts fresh at the time time,” said studio owner Catharine Eberhart. She said one great thing about the introductory series is that students will have their regular class teacher who they can come to with questions about anything they see and learn in any of the other classes they take during the series. It is a way for people to learn and not have to be afraid to stop and ask questions, said Eberhart.
Another way to get moving this new year is to enroll in dance classes, either solo, or as a couple.
DPM Studios, a dance studio for adults located on East Second Street, is offering new classes to ring in the new year. According to studio owner Raquel Williams, the studio is offering a buy one get one half off private dance lesson for $75. The class is available to all levels and can be scheduled for anytime. Dance styles taught include ballroom, salsa, and swing. The studio is also offering a new stiletto dance class called “Rock that Booty.” The class takes place on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, January 20, there is a salsa dance class at 6 p.m. that costs $10.
“We have single people and we match people up,” said Williams. “We just dance to have fun.”
A new fitness center has just opened downtown for anyone interested in extreme fitness. Team Superbody, located at 510 West Main Street, offers a 90-day body transformation program. They also offer nutrition guidance, and a peer network that is always available online for support 24/7 to help reach fitness goals.