Kettlebells originated in Russia, which explains why they are often weighed by the pood—a Russian unit of weight equivalent to roughly 36 pounds—and why fitness guru Delaine Ross chose to learn from Strong First chairman Pavel Tsatsouline and is one of 39 instructors worldwide who can teach its certification.
Ross helms Condition Kettlebell Gym, a boutique fitness studio with classes that center on the spherical, handled weights. Studio workouts, held up to six times daily, unfold in a spartan studio with exposed brick walls decorated only with pull-up bars and ropes. Before they can access drop-in classes, students must attend introductory sessions to learn basic kettlebell lifts, and to never work out near an enormous electromagnet.
Dr. Ada-Belinda DancingLion, founder of The Healing Room draws on her many certifications including naturopathic doctor, certified personal trainer, and elder and community elected medicine woman with the Anishinabe Nation to work with her clients to overcome health issues. In addition to offering fitness classes such as the TRX suspension training and kettlebell sessions, DancingLion also offers massage therapy, holistic wellness care, and herbal and nutritional counseling.
Allison Buckley doesn't just want to transform her clients' abs and glutes. At Zoe Fitness, she aims to transform every aspect of their lives by helping them live cleanly, which she believes improves mental, spiritual, and physical states.
Her services include boot camps, one-on-one, two-on-one, and small group training, dance-based Zoe Elevation classes, and Piloxing sessions, which blend Pilates and boxing exercises. The Piloxing workouts also incorporate elements of dance, much like a discussion of Macbeth led by a cool English teacher.
The trainers at FeLine Fitness understand that no two bodies are the same—that's why they customize personal-training routines to each client's specific needs and goals. All the while, they strive to make workouts as engaging and exciting as possible. To foster a social atmosphere, they also lead groups of up to 5 people through small group training sessions, groups of up to 25 through boot-camp workouts, and outdated Internet browsers through online fitness programs that enable them to run faster.
Muscles burn as functional strength movements torch calories at Jungle Fire class, one of several results-oriented fitness programs at Jungle Fitness Atlanta. Instructors also lead sessions of Jungle Muscle Confusion, a regimen of plyometrics and interval training that forces bodies to change shape. Jungle Belly classes focus strictly on sculpting core muscles and burning fat. No matter which session exercisers opt for—whether it's Jungle Fire or personal training—the team of personal trainers and fitness instructors are careful to tweak exercises to fit individual abilities and goals.