Tone-Up T-Town: Getting Active in the New Year

With class instructor Januar Brown before the start of my first barre class. With class instructor Januar Brown before the start of my first barre class. Sheena Gregg

Like many folks, health may be on your mind as you make those New Year’s resolutions. Exercise is often at the top of the list, with hopes and dreams to keep your physical activity as consistent as possible. If you’re anything like me, not only is time a big factor, but so is making sure I’m not getting bored or burned out with my activity of choice. Thankfully though, Tuscaloosa offers quite the bounty of opportunities to keep you active throughout the New Year.

The Barre Code Tuscaloosa 

If you have a preference of working out predominantly with women in an environment that encourages you to come as you are and become your strongest self, then The Barre Code is for you. Set to upbeat music, with some of the most positive class instructors you’ll ever meet, The Barre Code has been a popular “go to” for patrons who want to hit up all five components of fitness. The class-based fitness boutique provides an opportunity to form close relationships with your fellow Barre Coders, while using neat props to take your workout to the next level. 

My favorite thing about The Barre Code: The playlists, and wearing fancy sticky socks in lieu of sneakers during the workout!

The Tuscaloosa YMCA Family Center 

Do you like a little bit of everything? Then maybe the YMCA is for you. Full weight and cardio rooms, child development classes, and group exercise give visitors the variety they crave. If you’re looking for more one-on-one assistance, the Y boasts an impressive set of personal trainers available for patrons. Looking for something a little different in your fitness journey? How about Tai Chi? This year, the Y is debuting Tai Chi classes to promote heart health, brain health, and improved joint function.  

My favorite thing about the Tuscaloosa YMCA: The locker room amenities, and the variety of group exercise classes for patrons. 

Orange Theory Fitness Tuscaloosa 
For those that want to hit the ground running, Orange Theory Fitness is a great place to start … and finish. With fancy monitors and equipment to track calories burned and heart rate levels during class, Orange Theory Fitness attracts those who are tech-savvy and have a passion for pushing themselves to the limit. Every day is a different workout at Orange Theory Fitness, so patrons will never get burned out on this high-intensity, interval training style workout.  

My favorite thing about Orange Theory Fitness Tuscaloosa: The ever-changing workout and motivational coaches.  

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa


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