Downtown Jackson News

Downtown Fitness to Open August 1st

Downtown Fitness, Powered by Baptist Health Systems, to Open August 1 in Jackson

July 19, 2017 – Jackson, Miss.  - On August 1, 2017, Downtown Fitness, powered by Baptist Health Systems, will open to provide fitness, health and wellness programs to downtown Jackson. The facility will be where the University Wellness Center Downtown was previously located at 100 East Capitol Street  in Suite 107 in Jackson, Miss. 

Chris Baker, who formerly managed the University Wellness Center, has been named the executive director of Downtown Fitness. Baker has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness facility industry and holds numerous fitness certifications.

“I’m excited to be a part of this endeavor in the heart of downtown Jackson,” Baker said. “It is important to not ever lose touch with the reason our members are there and what they need from their facility. I believe staying involved with our members’ workouts helps me do that.”

With approximately 17,000 square feet of space, Downtown Fitness – Powered by Baptist Health Systems, will boast the latest in exercise equipment, group exercise classes, and executive-style locker rooms. The center will offer a total body toning boot camp, indoor cycling, low-impact/high-output cardio machines complete with integrated TVs, total body training selectorized strength machines, and a comprehensive free-weight training area. There will also be a Baptist Medical Clinic for facility members and corporate health clients.

“We are excited to continue our commitment of providing quality health care to the city of Jackson,” said Baptist Executive Director of Mississippi Marketing and Business Development Mike Stevens. “Along with Baptist’s health care expertise, Chris has the knowledge, enthusiasm and energy needed to help coach downtown businesses and their employees with a healthy lifestyle journey.”

Downtown Fitness is offering pre-opening membership specials at its location from 11:00AM – 1:00PM with extended hours coming the week of July 24th. For more information visit or call 601-941-1841.

On May 1, 2017, Mississippi Baptist Health Systems signed a shared mission agreement with Baptist Memorial Health Care, which is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Baptist Memorial is the largest not-for-profit health care provider in the Mid-South with hospitals in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. As a result of the shared mission agreement, Baptist Memorial became Mississippi’s fourth largest employer and the largest health care system in the state. Baptist Memorial hospitals offer patients in rural and urban areas access to the region’s largest network of doctors and specialists, as well as access to Epic―one of the country’s most sophisticated electronic health record systems. For more information, please visit or contact the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262 or 601-948-6262.