The Jones Center

Thank You to Law Enforcement and Their Families

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A simple thank you. That's all we want to give to the men and women who put their lives on the line for the citizens of Northwest Arkansas every day. 

The best way we thought to support our law enforcement was to give them and their families a whole week of free pool access. From August 1-7, all law enforcement and their families can swim for free at The Jones Center during public pool hours

Share this blog with a family member of someone you know in law enforcement. #JCfresh

How to Start a Workout Habit

A teacher once told me that it is far easier to form a habit than to break one. Even if you get rid of some (the h), you still have “a bit” left over. He, of course, was discouraging bad habits in our developing minds but I am reminded of it every time I hear someone complain about finding time to exercise. When you make being active a habit, it becomes less about finding time and more about making time.

There are many theories on just how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days, some say 40. Science has proven habits can form in as little as 18 while for some it takes 254!! No matter what science tells us though, the habit of exercise will never form if you don’t take that first step.

People are often surprised to hear that I have 5 children and still find time to be fit.

I love to involve my children into my fitness routine. It is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of active play in a day; adults would benefit greatly from the same advice. The Jones Center offers a wide variety of kid geared classes like dance, gymnastics, Aikido, hockey and ice skating lessons. While the kids are busy, you can exercise in the fitness center, join a group fitness class like Spin, Zumba or Yoga. When you are both done, hit the leisure pool! Did you know that the Jones Center is a park-and-ride location for the Razorback Greenway? You can take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’s beauty while still having access to a secure parking location and clean amenities. Take hikes, go for a bike ride or swim, break it down in an after dinner dance party, just get moving. Before you know it, that habit will form and you will look forward to making time for fitness.

Not sure how to get started? The trainers at the Jones Center offer a monthly class just for you!

Fitness 101 is a new, monthly program designed to walk members through the fitness center and explain the basics of the equipment. We also offer personal training sessions to help jump start your fitness journey. While we are currently focusing on our Iron Man Challenge, in the coming weeks you will start to see information a 5k running program. Beginner or advanced, all are welcome to join our 6-week challenge ending with a full 5k race. We will offer group runs and coaching throughout the challenge.

I look forward to seeing you all around the center forming positive habits!

Guest blogger: Betsy McCall, Fitness Coordinator

Starting Over: A Story from our Membership Coordinator



As every year begins, the gyms are bursting and phrase “get fit” is a very regular thing in most American’s vocabulary. Although we hope that getting fit is what will happen, the reality of it is that nearly 75% of Americans quit their fitness related New Year’s resolutions. That is 3 in every 4 people just giving up. In today’s society we see the perfect image of fit is a woman with no curves and 6 abs to perfection and a guy with a muscular outline.

This could not be more wrong.  We make simple life choices every single day of our life. What if “healthy” was an easy choice like to wear your black shoes or brown? Well, it is! But How? And Where?


The Jones Center's core offerings include Quality Recreation, Innovative Educational Offerings & Youth Programs and Affordable Meeting & Conference Space for the Northwest Arkansas region's non-profit and business community.

The Jones Center for Families located in Springdale boasts a year-round ice arena, junior-olympic size lap pool, activity pool with a slide, basketball court, indoor track, conference center, and chapel. There are also youth sports like a swim team and hockey as well as individual sports and activities like gymnastics, ballet, aikido, tae kwondo, and figure skating at low pricing for families. The Jones Center offers both memberships and scholarships which include free fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, Body Blast, Silver Sneakers, circuit, and spin classes. There are also a dozen other nonprofit organizations under our 220,000 square feet. 


The Jones Center has boundless amenities that can be at your fingertips for as little as $5 a month. Yes, only $5! We see the cost of gym and activity memberships drive up and up every year. Recent calls have given me an unlimited insight as to how much cheaper the Jones Center actually is. $125, $99, $75 are just some of the monthly fees that other gyms are charging. These fees did not include anything other than free weights and machine use. $125 a month! It’s a simple choice of choosing to not pay that, and only paying $5. With $120 savings a month, you could save $1440 a year. That is an all-expense paid vacation to Mexico! Trust me, I’ve looked. Also included in this $5 a month membership, you can enjoy many of our great classes including our new one, Body Blast. Body Blast gives members a quick and awesome full body workout.

But I can’t do it. We understand that we have many members whom are at very different levels when it comes to working out. Our highly trained instructors will be there for any technical support during class. They will give detailed showcases of what you can do to modify each part of the exercise thus giving everyone access to every class no matter their level. The Jones Center also offers access to our swimming pools, basketball courts, and ice rink for a small fee. To apply for membership visit or come by our front desk to fill out an application. 


Still on the fence? Not only am I a part of the Jones Center Staff, but I am also an active member here at the Jones Center. During 2015 I underwent three extreme gastrointestinal surgeries due to an extreme case of diverticulitis and a severed colon. Almost losing my life, I was left in an extremely unhealthy situation.

I went from over 300lbs to 160lbs is a few short weeks. Through my faith, I fought back to a stable condition internally, but still found that my physical being was not up to par. I found that simple tasks such as walking were an extreme struggle. Not only was this causing hardships in my physical life, but also causing me to sink into an extremely dark place as it effected my mental health greatly. After being released from doctor’s care in early November 2015 and joining the Jones Center team shortly after, I can stand tall and say with my whole heart that I am the healthiest that I have ever been in my life. I have used these facilities to my advantage! I work out 4 times a week here at the center whether it is individual workouts in the fitness center or Body Blast in the studios. I went from only being able to walk about 5 minutes at a time, to riding a spin bike 6 miles in 30 minutes.

I have never felt so encouraged, but with the Jones Center team, and the facilities to back it up, what we have to offer here is definitely a game changer. I have made simple choices to say yes to Body Blast or yes to just walking a few miles. The simple choices I have made have completely changed my physical wellbeing. Not only has The Jones Center created such an awesome physical wellbeing, but they have given me a positive and progressive mindset as the center promotes all wellbeing, mental and physical. 


So what is next for the Jones Center? Founder Bernice Jones said, “I want the people of the community to realize that The Jones Center is not just for me, but for everybody… and to be part of it; because I want this to go on for years and years when I can’t be here anymore.” Through membership programing in the next year, we will be providing our members with many great assets. There are many great events through the year that assist in making the Jones Center what it is today. We are pleased to announce that we will have some special guest such as Belle, Spiderman, Darth Vador, and Miss Arkansas USA 2016, Abby Floyd with us during this year’s Spring Break Week at The Jones Center. For only $3 a day you can have the time of your life “Swimming with Spiderman”, bouncing through our inflatable obstacle course, and many more activities. Spring Break Week at The Jones Center will be March 21st-March 25th. Stay tuned on our website for details on all the happenings this year!


As we continually grow and develop as a staple of Northwest Arkansas, and Downtown Springdale, we will keep our positive progressiveness, and ask that all remember one simple thing, The Jones Center was created, “To bring people together by serving families, strengthening communities, and making it a better place to live,” and “ALL ARE WELCOME.”  


Please feel free to contact me for any comments, questions and concerns, and I will be more than happy to assist you! 

Chase Coonrod is the Membership Coordinator at The Jones Center. His blog post is part of our Guest Blogger series. If you would like to contact Chase, you can email him at