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.
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.
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.
The athletic instructors at Athens Vertical Pole Dance Academy draw from backgrounds in aerial dance as they dispel common notions about pole dance through classes, workshops, and performances. They teach open-ended sensual and circus techniques to males and females inside a studio, where two 9-foot and two 14-foot spinning poles let students hone their strength, balance, and flexibility. Instructors reserve an impressive 24-foot static pole for special performances. Above the cushioned floor, stereo and theatrical lighting systems and a ballet bar let visitors warm up for dance performances or avant-garde staged readings of Charles Dickens' stories.
The award-winning trainers at The HardCore Gym understand that, in the world of martial arts, intelligence and discipline often trump size and strength. For the past 15 years, their 12,000 square foot gym has been one of Georgia's go-to destinations for aspiring grapplers young and old. These professionally trained and background checked black belts tackle all of their students' needs, whether they're training gym members in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kickboxing or enhancing fitness with yoga and personal-training sessions. Thanks to its mammoth size, the gym also features ample mat space, as well as strength and conditioning equipment.