So I recently moved back to Knoxville after spending five years in California where I was completely spoiled by the number and intensity of Pilates and Yoga options. My apartment in Sacramento had three separate studios within walking distance… my apartment in San Francisco had five – including one where you could partake in unlimited Pilates classes (on Reformer machines) for $99/month! Anyone who has ever paid the standard fee (anywhere from $40-60 per class) will understand how in heaven I was.
But fast forward to today. I’m THRILLED to be living again in my hometown, but not so thrilled with the fitness options. If I wanted to run into every childhood/family/church friend, I would have joined Fort Sanders. If I was into spin or step classes, I would have joined The Rush! And if I wanted to drive 20+ minutes each way, I would have joined the new Y. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t bad options – just not ideal for someone who literally only wants a clean facility, elliptical machine and stellar Yoga/Pilates classes… near her house.
Enter Mind Body Kinetics (cue the choir of angels). Originally located in Homberg, they now have a new location right off of Kingston Pike (146 North Forest Park Boulevard). Next to Earth Fare and Froyoz Yogurt Shop (perfect for the post-workout treat!), the space is bright, shiny and huge. There are a number of standard cardio machines (each with their own TV screen) and weights equipment. Plus, they have clean locker rooms and water machines throughout the space.
But the best, most unique, aspect to Mind Body Kinetics is their class options: Yoga, Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer, TRX (full body suspension classes – see an example here), Gyrotonics (only one of two studios in Tennessee to offer this!) and Spinning.
So far, I’ve only tried the Pilates Mat and Reformer classes. But if they’re representative of their full menu, I’m going to be bikini-ready in no time flat. My body literally felt like Jell-O for several hours after. The class sizes are super small, ensuring that you’ll receive plenty of attention and direction from the instructor. One of my biggest pet peeves with Yoga or Pilates classes is when the instructor works out the entire time with the class. Not here – during the Reformer class, he was extra careful to reposition and correct the students every step of the way. Really made me feel like I was getting my money’s worth!
Only a few complaints – they’re still finalizing their class schedule but it’s not too convenient for professional folks (no classes offered before 9:00 A.M. or after 5:30 P.M.). And their website could use an overhaul. It doesn’t provide the most up-to-date schedule, membership rates or a system to sign up for classes online. But, hey, no one’s perfect! And, bottom line, this is an amazing new gym that offers classes you can’t find anywhere else in Knoxville. Check it out and let me know what you think!