In the eight years that Jay Broxton has worked in the fitness industry, he's trained people from all walks of life—from young kids to professional athletes and celebrities, including Kansas City starter Tank Tyler and newscaster Pam Oliver. Backed by a personal-training certification and a lifetime of athletic experience, Jay captains his own fitness program—Body That Works—where he joins fellow fitness instructors to lead clients though comprehensive boot-camp or personal-training workouts that combine cardio with strength-training and TRX-training techniques. Committed to battling youth obesity, Jay also conducts a variety of youth athletic training programs designed to prepare students for upcoming athletic seasons or full-contact chess tournaments.
There’s a photoshoot at the start and finish of each four-week fitness boot-camps at South West Atlanta Training Fitness. The before-and-after snapshot works as a document of proof that shows just how hard exerciser has worked in that timeframe to lose pounds and tone muscle. Each week, certified trainer Rashad McDade leads intense workouts that focus on high-intensity interval training. He splits students into different groups based on skill level, which ensures beginners, experts, and robocops all remain appropriately challenged. These group workouts form the core for South West Atlanta Training Fitness, but Mr. McDade also works with clients during personal training and sports conditioning sessions.
Coach Lucien Luntadila conducts boot-camp classes inside recreation centers and local parks, guiding his students through energetic exercises designed to tone muscle and slim physiques. The seasoned fitness instructor infuses his workouts with aerobics, agility training, and kickboxing movements, constantly changing up routines to keep classes fun and engaging. When leading his one-hour workouts, Lucien favors challenging functional exercises such as crunches, squats, and sprints.
The instructors at Game Changers Sports Training don't just create physically fit athletes—they also mold on-the-field strategists. Their program delves into the intricacies of gameplay in addition to exercise. As far as exercise goes, though, their CrossFit routines consist of functional movements for speed and strength, tailored to suit both the season and the off-season. Players attend private and group lessons for any sport. Students of all skill levels, ages 6 and up, are eligible for the program.
Leaping Lions' supervised playground of inflatable obstacles, slides, and jumps keep little bodies in motion in a safe, 15,000-square-foot space. With all bouncing feet capped in socks, 5- to 13-year-olds (up to $8.50 admission) can shake out sugar rushes among the vibrantly colored, air-filled jungle gyms. The specialized tot play arena provides ample room for ages 4 and younger ($5 admission for ages 2–3, up to $8.50 admission for age 4) to practice toddling and future circus aerials. Children looking for long-term commitments to fun can invest in 10 play sessions with the 10-pass play card, and youngsters who met on Internet play-dating sites can bond over admission for two (up to a $17 value) and make small talk about past ball pits over two popcorns (a $1 value each) and two juices (a $1 value each). Leaping Lions encourages adults to always keep their child or young musical protégé in sight; however, a crew of CPR-certified staffers does supervise each bouncing zone.
The kickboxing classes at Explosive Sports MMA & Fitness are deceptively named—they cover much more than kickboxing. Beyond training on speed bags and heavy bags, students work with weight poles, dumbbells, and medicine balls in exercises that range from plyometrics and strength training to MMA moves. For more combative workouts, full-contact MMA classes blend muay thai, jujitsu, and kenpo with kickboxing and boxing, creating a self-defense system that’s more comprehensive than giving threatening people big hugs. Age-appropriate classes for kids round out the fitness studio’s class schedule.