For those looking for a gym to fulfill a weight loss resolution or to keep up with exercising while visiting Manchester and consuming the town’s delicious Southern foods, Manchester has numerous opportunities for improving your fitness and health. In addition to Manchester’s Recreation Complex, a 69,000-square-foot center that offers over a dozen different exercise classes, Manchester also has studios and gyms for dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, athletes, martial artists and CrossFit enthusiasts.
Check out one of these locations next time you are ready to burn some calories and build some muscle in Manchester.
CrossFit 4031 | 518 Hillsboro Blvd.
Manchester’s CrossFit, located in a bright, one-room gym on Hillsboro Boulevard, focuses on the common goal of “achieving the best you” through “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.” The owner of CrossFit, Dan Bess, who has five years of coaching experience, says that the community-focused gym is devoted to training all people—from college athletes to septuagenarians— in order to lift the whole community through improving health and fitness. At CrossFit, Bess strives to never instruct the same exercise routine twice, hoping to avoid a more boring, classic gym experience. Each class is opened with a short warmup, followed by a personal training experience in a group setting. Bess advises people that though CrossFit’s definition stresses “high intensity,” this intensity is relative to individual people.
CrossFit hosts a two-week beginner class every other month for anyone considering joining. The class is $25 and takes place at 6:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. CrossFit 4031 also offers a supervised childcare area for anyone taking a class. Membership runs for $75 a month.
Monday—Friday at 5:30am and 5:30pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30am
Saturday at 10am
Duck River Dance | 121 E. Main St.
Located off of the square in Manchester, Duck River Dance is the only dance studio in Manchester to offer a “full studio experience.” Offering classes for all genders and ages above two and a half years old, Duck River Dance seeks to provide professional instruction, proper terminology, an appreciation for the art of dance, and even a little bit of dance history to their students. Duck River Dance offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary dance and musical theatre, and also “mommy and me” and ballroom dance workshops. Each year, Duck River puts on an end-of-year production featuring the studio’s dancers, and the studio also holds open auditions for a yearly production of “The Nutcracker.” The artistic director of Duck River, Danelle Afflerbaugh, has over three decades of experience in both dance and collegiate cheerleading, having studied under a former dancer from the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her goal is instilling “confidence, strength and poise” in each of her students, and she believes that “professional instruction in a proper studio setting” is key to cultivating true artists out of her students.
Classes begin at $35/month. Duck River Dance offers a sibling discount and a discount for those taking multiple classes. Students must pay monthly by cash or check.
Elite Conditioning and Fitness | 73 Buck St.
Monday—Sunday from 8am-10pm
Elite Conditioning is a small gymnasium that works on overall strength training and conditioning, specifically for athletes. The gym offers speed, strength and agility classes for athletes that are between seven years old and college age. Elite Conditioning also offers night sessions on weight training for women, and has a competitive power lifting team for teens and adults, both male and female.
Rates are $40 a month for a general membership or $25 a week for personal training sessions.
Manchester Recreation Complex | 557 N. Woodland St.
Monday—Friday from 5am-9pm
Saturday from 7:30am-7pm
Sunday from 12-5pm
The Manchester Recreation Complex is a 69,000 square foot center with two high school-size basketballs courts, two racquetball courts, an indoor walking track, an indoor warm water therapy pool, an indoor competition pool with eight 25-yard lanes, an outdoor leisure pool area and rooms for gymnastics, aerobics and dance. The wellness room at the complex contains treadmills, ellipticals, a rowing machine, stationary bicycles, a full-weighted circuit and free weights, amongst other weight-lifting and cardio equipment. The complex offers various exercise classes Monday thru Saturday at several different times throughout the day, including spin, yoga, barre, water aerobics, Zumba and “seniorcise” classes. The complex also offers chair-based yoga and exercise classes.
All of the complex’s facilities and classes are available to anyone with a membership or a day pass. Memberships can be bought on a monthly, biyearly or yearly basis. Senior discounts, student discounts, family/couple discounts and financial assistance are available to those who qualify. Visitors can also buy a 10-day pass that can be shared between numerous people and does not expire.
Daily rates are $5 for adults, $5 for students, $3 for children under 5, $4 for seniors from 55-79 and $2 for seniors ages 80 and up.
Manchester School of Dance
The Manchester School of Dance offers dance classes for all ages through a ten-month dance program that runs from August to May and concludes in a spring dance recital. Classes on ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop, in addition to “mommy and me ballet” classes and Zumbini classes are offered through the dance school. The Zumbini class is designed for a child, four years old or under, and their caregiver. Kalinda Clippard is the Manchester School of Dance’s instructor, and she has been taking dance throughout her life. With experience dancing with Middle Tennessee State University and teaching theatre, dance camps and performing in the area, Clippard’s goal is to help “children learn the fundamentals of dance and technique.” Classes are taught at the Ada Wright Center on Thursdays and the Manchester Recreation Complex on Fridays.
Rates are $26 a month for “Mommy and me” ballet or $36 a month for regular classes. The Manchester School of Dance offers a sibling discount and a discount for those taking multiple classes. Students must pay by check at the beginning of each month, or every other month.
Snap Fitness | 1216 Hillsboro Blvd.
Located in National Plaza, Manchester’s Snap Fitness is a 24-hour access gym with cardio equipment and free weights. The gym also has personal trainers available for its members. Snap Fitness offers a 7-day free trial for those who do not have a membership. The gym’s staffed hours are:
Sunday by appointment only
Monday—Thursday from 11am-7pm
Friday from 10am-4pm
Saturday from 10am-2pm
Tennessee Gymnastics & Cheerleading | 557 N. Woodland St.
Owned by Lee Rogers and Stacey Cravens, both former University of Tennessee Scholarship cheerleaders, Tennessee Gymnastics & Cheerleading has been in business for over 15 years, teaching local girls, ages four and up, a combination of tumbling, cheerleading and physical fitness. Tennessee Gymnastics & Cheerleading aims to raise the overall fitness level of each of their students, working on strength training, flexibility training, toning and coordination skills. Though Cravens and Rogers have decades of experience in cheer and tumbling, they stress that their classes aren’t only for girls who want to become cheerleaders, but also girls who want to become athletes. They welcome girls from all skill levels.
Classes are one hour long and are held once a week on Thursday, between 3:30-9pm, at the Manchester Recreation Complex in the main gym. Tennessee Gymnastics & Cheerleading also offers summer camps for local middle school and high school cheerleaders, working with the squads to create competition routines. Parents are free to stay and watch their children’s classes, or they can take advantage of the Manchester Recreation Complex to work out during their child’s class.
Rates are $40 for a 4-week session.
Transformation Wellness and Martial Arts | 101 S. Woodland St.
Located a short distance from downtown Manchester, Transformation Wellness and Martial Arts is the only certified Gracie training center in Tennessee and specializes in “reality-based self-defense.” The center offers Krav Maga classes, adult Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives classes, youth Gracie Bullyproof classes, and a 12-week fitness program. The center also offers a 10-day free trial for new students that allows access to all beginner group classes. Coach Tim Garrett, the head instructor at Transformation Wellness, has about 30 years of teaching experience, in addition to multiple black belts and a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
Rates are $60-$78 for the youth program, $75-85 a month for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or $60-$85 a month for Krav Maga.
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