At Gracie Barra Georgia, instructors train students in the ground-fighting and grappling techniques of Carlos Gracie Jr. of the legendary Gracie Brazilian jujitsu family. Based on leverage and proper technique, jujitsu classes focus on subduing opponents regardless of their size or strength by using different escapes and submissions. Gracie Barra Georgia holds classes for all levels of fighters and supplements jujitsu training with classes in kickboxing and yoga.
Many of the instructors at Strong Tower Pilates Studio can personally attest to the physical benefits of Pilates. Two teachers credit the program with relieving their chronic back pains, and owner Kelly Letalien claims the exercise form helped her cope and stay in shape throughout her pregnancy and subsequent recovery. As a registered nurse and rehabilitative specialist, Letalien has also tutored Pilates clients with scoliosis, fibromyalgia, and hip replacements, adjusting her lessons to accommodate, and ultimately help diminish, each guest's condition.
The staff welcomes beginners and accomplished athletes alike to their private and small-group sessions, where they work aboard mats or apparatuses, such as the Reformer, Wunda Chair, and Ladder Barrel. During certain stretches, they distribute props, including foam rollers and wobble disks, which help clients more easily perform moves and prepare for when evolution finally bestows the human race with wheels. By limiting their largest classes to a maximum of eight students, they can modify their workouts according to each visitor's fitness level and give them more focused attention. Between meetings, they strive to cultivate both a clean and welcoming studio atmosphere, scrubbing the equipment with a tea-tree-oil solution and warming tummies with complimentary coffee, tea, or cider.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.