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Have a New Year’s health resolution? Head Downtown to make it a reality.

December 27, 2018

New Year, who dis?
A study by Statista found that 45 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions for 2018 wanted to lose weight or get in shape. Is that on your list for 2019? There are plenty of great resources in Downtown Springfield to help you get on track in the new year.

a hip joint

Taking care of your body isn’t just limited to strength training and cardio. Located at 309 South Jefferson, a hip joint is taking a fresh approach to alternative medicine.
Services offered at a hip joint include chiropractic care. An adjustment is $45 for non-members or $20 for members, aka “Hippies.” There’s also massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure-energy balance and cupping therapy. A hip joint also offers physical therapy with a referral from your primary physician or DC.
Memberships at a hip joint range in price from $35-$100. There is also a $125 family membership, with a minimum of three family members. The clinic hopes to bridge the gap for those interested in corrective therapies, but are self-employed or find those services not covered by their insurance.

The Bodysmith

Behind an unassuming storefront window on East Walnut is a powerhouse of activity. The Bodysmith (317 East Walnut) is a pilates and fitness studio that offers private and small group classes in several different categories.
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Boxing
  • Kettlebells
  • Core Barre
  • Hula Hoops
  • Suspension Training
  • Cardio
The goal of The Bodysmith is to create a welcoming environment where everyone can find classes that will keep them engaged for a lifetime. THe studio also wants to turn fitness into an enjoyable habit. Beyond strength, The Bodysmith wants to add flexibility to help its clients stay fit and injury free.
Beyond classes for general fitness, The Bodysmith offers rehabilitation sessions and athletic training and Precision Nutrition coaching.

Physique Fitness

Physique Fitness is not just a gym. This group fitness center prides itself on the results and the relationships formed during classes. After all, isn’t exercising more fun when you can do it with friends.
The center (326 North Boonville) has a wide variety of classes available, so you’re sure to find something that catches your interest.
  • Barre
  • Thighs & Assets
  • Hot Barre
  • Body Boom
  • TRX
  • Red Light Yoga
There’s also great variety in how you pay for your classes. You can purchase a year-long pass, or pay for a monthly membership. There are also class passes — ranging from 1 to 20 classes — or you can buy one month of unlimited classes for just $120.
Physique Fitness offers on-site childcare and has a boutique where you can purchase fashionable workout apparel. Other services offered include personal training and spray tans.

Royal Barbell

Looking to put up some serious weight? Head to Royal Barbell Club (506 South Jefferson) on the southeast side of Downtown Springfield. It’s a full commercial gym, with powerlifting, strength training and CrossFit all in one location. And Royal Barbell Club has been locally owned and operated since 2012.
The gym offers boot camp and CrossFit classes for those who love the group fitness setting. There are options for individuals, couples and families. There are also special rates for students and military.
Personal training options include private and individualized programming based on needs and goals. You also get access to free weights, cable machines, squat racks, dumbbells, powerlifting areas, strongman equipment and a cardio area.
Royal Barbell Club also offers general workout programming and online workout programming.


If the only things you know about the YMCA come from the Village People, then you’ve got a lot to learn.
The Ozarks Regional YMCA has its Ward location at 417 South Jefferson. Adult memberships start at just $45 per month, with a family rate of $66. There are special college student and senior rates.
What do you get with that membership? Everything from complete cardio and weight equipment to gymnasiums and more. There are group exercise classes, including Body Pump, Zumba, yoga, tai chi, Full Body Sculpt and Bodycombat. There are also ActivTrax wellness appointments with one-on-one attention and a personalized workout.
The Ward YMCA also features a climbing wall, boot camp sessions and triathlon training.