Are you among the many who have made a resolution to get fit and eat healthy in 2014? If you live or work in Downtown Lynchburg, then you have some great places and opportunities to make your goals a reality. Over the next couple of days, we're going to give you some info about staying fit and eating healthy in Downtown Lynchburg. Today, we're sharing a list of businesses which are fitness or movement based, so you know who to call when you're ready to dance, swim, flow, or pedal your way to good health. Tomorrow, we'll check in at the Downtown YMCA and hear about their new locker-rooms and group workout room. We'll also look at a some healthy meals in Downtown Lynchburg and introduce you to a contest for finding your favorite in the city. There are so many ways to stay fit and healthy in Downtown, you will definitely stick to that resolution in 2014!
Monument Terrace is a good place to burn some calories!
Downtown Lynchburg offers several places and business that can help you get moving and stay moving! Click on the links in blue to learn more.
Downtown Parks and Public Spaces:
Look no further than the trails or parks for a great place to get going. The Blackwater Creek Tail connects to the Riverwalk in Downtown. The trail goes through Riverfront Park, and then connects to Percival's Island. This is generally a flat, easy walk, bike or run. Look out for detours during construction, but the trail will remain accessible. If you are looking for more of a city view with your workout, try Monument Terrace. Runners and walkers alike use the stairs for a nice, calorie burning change up in their workout. Going up the 132 steps of Monument Terrance in five minutes, a 160lb person would burn about twenty calories. Boating may not be on your list of things to do in chilly weather, but once warm days are here, take advantage of the Downtown Lynchburg Public Canoe Ramp, located at the bottom of 7th Street. Enjoy your canoe or kayak after work during the long days of summer - a great way to spend an evening in Downtown! Be sure and check out the PaARTnership classes that Lynchburg Parks and Rec are offering at the Academy of Fine Arts, this season's offerings includes Tap Dance for adults. More info can be found on the
- 1312 Jefferson Street
In addition to selling, renting and repairing bikes, Bikes Unlimited hosts guided rides and workshops for cyclists. Check their
page for updates. (434) 485-4157.
- 29 9th Street
The Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark was designed by Artifex and built by California Skateparks. It features a 14,000 square ft. complex with a street course and bowl. Lessons and clinics are available. (434) 845-1888
- 1225 Church Street
Visit Central Virginia's premier indoor climbing gym, which offers personalized, hands-on instruction. A retail store features climbing equipment and clothes. (434) 845-7625
- 1312 Jefferson Street
Bikram Yoga Lynchburg offers daily group hot-yoga classes in the Bikram method: a 90-minute series of 26 yoga postures practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees. Be ready to sweat, stretch and strengthen! (434) 846-2028
- 1209 Commerce Street We are proud to offer classes for all age groups. Classes are fun and exciting, our facilities and equipment are first class, and our professional staff of highly trained instructors are dedicated to helping you succeed in the martial arts! (434) 846-5425
- 1315 Church Street
The YMCA of Central Virginia provides a comprehensive approach to improving and maintaining your well-being. Whether you are just getting started on the road to wellness or are well on your way to physical and mental fitness, the YMCA offers a program or service that is right for you. (434)847-5597
- 409 5th Street
At the Red Shoes, you can take Dance classes in the beautiful old Moser Furniture Building -- new students may join any class at anytime. (434) 444-6791
Dance Theatre of Lynchburg - 722 Commerce Street
Dance Theatre offers a variety of Dance classes for adults and children. Classes include ballet, hip-hop, Afro-Caribbean, tap, and others. (434) 846-6272
Lynchburg Salsa and Lynchburg Swing -- At the Dance Theatre, 722 Commerce Street
Lynchburg Salsa meets every Friday night (lesson 9-10pm , latin social dancing 10pm - 12:30 am. Lynchburg Swing (west coast swing style of dancing) meets the 4th Sat. of every month, from 8 - 11pm with the lesson from 8 - 9.