Second to None Group Fitness tones muscles with group training sessions centered on routines inspired by resistance workouts and interval training. Each one-hour mini boot camp works to turn bodies into calorie-incinerating sweat-machines with callisthenic routines, Pilates, sport drills, and core bodywork. Upon attending the first class, each student will receive a defenseless, six-session punch card, enabling them to keep track of their attendance and alleviate aggression via paper violence. Participants of each session should bring a pair of comfortable exercise shoes, an exercise mat, a pair of hand weights (3–8 lbs.), and water.
Sunlight pours in through the arched windows of the Tribe Fitness studio as clients sweat through workouts under the guidance of certified personal trainers. The gym eschews monotonous cardio machines or the gladiator-style death matches favored by other gyms for individualized, high-intensity exercises.
Fifteen personal trainers—including four with bachelors degrees in exercise science—meet with clients throughout the week to design or retool individualized routines and keep exercisers on the footpath to fitness with motivation and nutritional counseling. They host regular one-hour group classes to create a communal environment for workouts—a workout archive can be viewed here to glean a sense of specific workout possibilities. To boot, the team offers free onsite childcare for parents.
Aerofit isn't your ordinary fitness studio. Instead of wearing athletic shoes, students go barefoot. Instead of gazing in the mirror, they get up close and personal with the ceiling. And in place of studio floors, there are nothing but trampolines. The trampolines serve as the stage for most of Aerofit's classes, which combine high-flying acrobatics with functional fitness training. Each class teaches a repertoire of basic moves before progressing to more advanced tricks, so beginners need not worry about starting fresh. Though all of the jumping is enough to burn calories on its own, several of the studio's classes mix it up with fun games and circuit training. The instructors make sure to cover safety and injury prevention in every class, explaining that it's actually physically impossible to jump so high you'll never come down.
At CrossFit Oconee, amid the 3,900-square-foot facility's padded turf floors and shelves of functional equipment, a skilled staff of certified instructors conduct energetic CrossFit classes and training sessions. CrossFit is a high-intensity core strength and conditioning program that combines elements of track and field, gymnastics, and strength training to maximize results. Instructors guide students through functional exercises akin to everyday movements, such as squats that mirror rising from a seated position or pull-ups that mirror peeking into your neighbor's window to see who has the bigger television. The trainers welcome students of all ages and abilities, scaling their workouts to accommodate varying levels of fitness and restrictive issues.
Whether treating chronic muscle pain or simply helping clients leave life's myriad stressors behind, licensed massage therapist Nkosi Moyo soothes ailing bodies at his tranquil practice. Bestowed with a Reader's Choice 2013 award for best massage from the Athens Banner-Herald, his site-specific massages home in on particularly achy areas of the body??such as shoulders or legs??and his Swedish massages dissipate pain with gentle, flowing strokes. Nkosi customizes clients' massages based on if the client needs pain and tension relief, in which case they are encouraged to select the lotion-free option. Clients hoping for light pressure should opt for the Swedish massage while those looking to ease pain and tension may consider a dry hydro massage.
Within Pure Barre's spacious, mirror-lined studio, transformations are occurring. Through every ballet-inspired movement, students work to sculpt long, lean, lifted muscles as they target the areas of the body women struggle with most, such as the stomach, the seat, and the arms. The regimen goes beyond aesthetic concerns, as well, by ensuring moves are good for the body?a thorough stretching session follows every strength section of the workout, and the classes protect students' joints by avoiding bouncing movements and maintaining a strict no-hopscotch policy. Students even glean a meditative benefit, as the focus required allows them to block out the stresses of life for as long as they're within the studio's mirrored walls.