• 2019 Best of the Pine Belt Finalists

    The following individuals and businesses are among this year's finalists in Signature Magazine's annual "Best of the Pine Belt" competition, held in conjunction with FestivalSouth. Voting begins Feb. 14 at www.festivalsouth.org – Congratulations to all of this year's nominees!

  • Happenings: February 2019

    FEB. 8
    NIGHT TO SHINE
    5-8pm @ TEMPLE BAPTIST CHURCH

    Join Temple Baptist for a prom-night experience for people with special needs. Celebrating the uniqueness of each individual prom guest by providing an unforgettable night where they are welcomed, valued and loved, a Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older.

     

    FEB. 9 
    GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 
    8PM @ SAENGER THEATER

  • Modern Fit: Treat Yourself

    For more than a year, Modern Fit has explored the varied plethora of ways to make healthy habits in the Pine Belt. For our Love issue, I wanted to examine another healthful practice that has popped up in many an Instagram hashtag these days: Self-care. 

    With both physical and emotional benefits to be found, I enlisted the help of The Lotus Downtown Day Spa and Salon in downtown (duh) Hattiesburg for some hands-on research in the art of unwinding.

  • Walk It Out

    Working in the fitness industry, I’ve grown very familiar with the New Year, New You crowd. After two months of celebrating the holidays with decadent meals and desserts (my cheesecake recipe boasts a whopping 2 lbs of cream cheese calories - and that’s before you add the toppings), the dropping of the ball on January 1 offers new beginnings, at least for six weeks before Valentine’s Day candy comes to tempt us. If “get fit” has ever been an item to cross of your resolution list, you, too, understand the complete madness that is January at the gym. 

  • Orangetheory Fitness

    Back in the spring of this year, when the first of The District at Midtown's shops began to open, I heard rumor of a yet-to-be-named “orange” group exercise facility possibly becoming one the newest tenants in the development. So, when I bumped into Orangetheory® Hattiesburg's owner Scott Russell in the grocery store parking lot, identifiable by his orange-wrapped truck, I immediately requested a chance to check it out. 

  • Let your traveling spirit find a home at Avara Yoga

    There’s a saying in Yoga (don’t worry, it’s not in Sanskrit) that goes something along the lines of the postures that instill the most dread are the ones that are most needed – even instructors aren’t immune.

  • No Payne, No Gain: Campus Recreation offers more than ‘just a gym’

    Contrary to my current priorites, beforethe fall of 2004, I had never set foot in a gym. When the desire for a change of scenery (and abundant scholarship money) brought me to Southern Miss freshman year, it took a few months (and the standard 15lb weight gain from the commons’ pizza and Cherry Coke) before I first became acquainted with the Payne Center. 

  • A Judgement Free Planet

    When I’m not getting treated to personal training sessions or experimenting with new ways to torture myself with infrared hotboxes, my home gym is one of Hattiesburg’s newest facilities, one that just happens to have won Best Place to Work Out in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt awards – Planet Fitness. 

  • TOP CHEF: Darryl Jackson

    Darrel Jackson, Brass Hat

  • Pure Performance: Finding inspiration amongst the weight racks

    A simple piece of paper taped above the community scale at Pure Performance Gym & Fitness Center bears the above message. As someone who spends a considerable amount of her free time in fitness pursuits (some might even call it a ‘hobby’), getting caught up in the numbers game happens from time to time. So, I considered that unassuming sign, quietly affirming that my self-worth is not dictated by three little numbers, an added perk of this month’s featured gym.

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