At Lifelong Fitness, Bernard Pearson emphasizes that being healthy requires a lifetime commitment. He backs that up as a certified personal trainer who has dedicated more than 13 years of his life to helping others achieve their health goals. Bernard carries that experience over to Lifelong Fitness, where he leads clients of all fitness levels during private training sessions and spearheads group classes and boot camps—his specialties.
The 3,200-square-foot fitness emporium boasts diverse equipment, certified, motivated trainers, and an inimitable approach to workouts not found at traditional gyms. Steeped in the CrossFit style, the energetic establishment tweaks routines to imitate everyday movements and cranks them up to high intensity for the ultimate experience in muscle building and caloric arson.
The heath and wellness gurus at newly opened Amelle Wellness help clients manage and develop many different areas of their lives. With professional career management and coaching, fitness training, and nutritional counseling, clients find the encouragement and motivation they need to keep making progress with their fitness and personal life goals.
Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in group cycling, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
Ask one of the coaches at Operation CrossFit to define CrossFit, and they'll probably say it's "constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement." Then ask them to describe the typical workout, and they'll probably say there isn't one. On any given day, it could be a series of kettlebell swings, pull-ups, and double unders—jumping rope with two revolutions per jump—in 10 minutes. Such a workout challenges every metabolic pathway, not to mention builds strength and cardiovascular endurance. Tomorrow, the workout might be a series of 200-meter runs interspersed with air squats and percussive panting.
By constantly changing the workout, CrossFit prepares the body for anything. Head coach Peyton Warren and his team lead every group workout, upholding the CrossFit ethos of support and encouragement by adjusting exercises to accommodate all levels of fitness. They also mix up locales, often taking things outside. For those with specific goals, Operation's coaches gladly lend their expertise to helping students train for events such as obstacle races and castle-tower escapes.
A great martial artist must embody strength, endurance, flexibility, and mental discipline. That's why the instructors at 1144 Athletics turn to the combat art to form the core of their athletic training programs. They teach a variety of classes, from boxing to muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu. Some of their classes prepare students for competitive fighting or handling real-world situations of violence—a major point in the women’s self-defense class—while others, such as cardio kickboxing, focus purely on fitness. The Tough Challenge tones and strengthens muscles using crunches, jumping jacks, push ups, and circuit training.
While they eschew traditional belt rankings in favor of purely skill-based teachings in most of their classes, their kids’ classes follow an achievement-based method of advancement. They use this strategy to reward positive attitudes and mental discipline, along with physical accomplishments such as shooting chi lasers from their hands.