From spacious locker rooms to family-friendly facilities, BodyPlex gyms are built to take the stress out of working out. Fitness machines ranging from cardio equipment to free-motion systems beckon those familiar with the gym scene to jump right into a regime. Newcomers need not stress about a learning curve, as personal instructors power walk the grounds, ready to give one-on-one instruction with an appointment. To ease the workout worries of parents, enthusiastic staff members man the gym's onsite Kidsplex, a youth-focused playroom stocked with crafts, toys, and two different video-game systems. Additionally, those who achieve their best when with like-minded people can break a sweat and their personal fist-bump record in one of the gym's daily fitness classes.
Xtreme Fit GA's seasoned trainers run unsculpted bodies through a muscle-making assembly line of intense, small-group workouts and nutrition coaching. Regardless of age, experience, or opinions about who is the best Golden Girl, Xtreme Fit's program is designed for all fitness fanatics, with CrossFit exercises that shun excessive machine use in favor of natural movements and resistance training. Classes are limited to four people to ensure that all students get plenty of individual attention from the instructors and maximize their workouts.
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.
Equipment: Program uses hydraulic equipment with adjustable resistance. Some body weight exercises may be used
Students should bring: Exercise mats encouraged but not required. Bottle of water & towel
Average class length: Less than 30 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Clients are offered generously discounted massages, based on meeting mutually agreed upon goals. Massage is provided by a licensed massage therapist, voted best massage therapist in Athens for two years in a row (2012 & 2013).[We do] short but effective workouts. Exercises are gentle on joints. Classes are small enough for individualized attention.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Many [women I worked with] were always complaining about their weight. None of them were ever happy about watching me eat junk food day after day and never gain a pound. Somewhere along the line I realized that if I was able to get them to follow the same simple steps that I followed, they could actually lose some weight.
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.