Starting a new workout regimen can be intimidating. That's where the professionals at CrossFit Cherokee come in. According to level-one-certified trainer Lori, the staff cheers on students of all stripes, irrespective of their skill or experience levels. Lori is just one of eight dedicated instructors at CrossFit Cherokee. They have a variety of backgrounds, but they all share a passion for their own fitness as well as their students’ fitness. They leverage the CrossFit program to help participants get in shape during constantly changing sessions. Their classes incorporate new moves each time to keep things interesting and prevent boredom; this mix might include chin-ups, 400-meter runs, and back squats.
The team also assists new members by creating diets and 30-day workout plans as well as posting notes of encouragement on their blog. Instructors rotate leading classes—like when a high-school math teacher teaches bio, and the bio teacher teaches how much mRNA is in a dumbbell.
Source4 Fitness delivers comprehensive exercise programs and professional health and nutrition advice in a state-of-the-art facility. The two-month membership (a $29 value per month) includes access to boutique fitness facilities and enrollment in group fitness classes ranging from Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and boxkicking to Mom and Me, a joint class for mothers and children ages 2–4. A FitPro will guide eight 30-minute personal training sessions (a $30 value per class) that help clients achieve long-term health goals through custom exercise programs and nutritional consultation. Each 30-minute, tailor-made workout is designed to achieve Source4 Fitness' tenets—energize, inspire, rejuvenate, and improve—reaching well beyond the quick fix in an effort to bring about sustainable health improvement. A FitPro will also help members develop a customized nutrition plan (a $39 value), meeting twice per month to help shape an effective plan of attack and discuss which Muppet is the most lovable. These 20–30 minute sessions cover lifestyle issues and include weigh-ins, measurements, and supplement consultation.
Glowing neon-red-and-blue wall accents complement the staff members' bright attitudes at American Bodyworks gyms. They strive to make connections with each member, remembering their names and favorite prime numbers, as they guide them through rows of cardio equipment—each with an attached LCD TV screen—and strength-training machines affixed with illustrations on their use. Guests can work out in the daytime hours or swipe their membership key for nighttime access, pushing through free-weight reps while personal trainers sleep inside their resistance-band cocoons.
At XCL Performance, the Matrix and the Breakfast Club are two of a kind. Here, they're the titles of two training classes—one for muscle confusion, one for muscle endurance—that can condition most body types. They're also creations from owner Derek Huggins and his team, who imagined a movie-inspired curriculum of workouts for athletes and inexperienced gym-goers alike. XCL's functional training empowers physiques with more strength and agility for the tasks of everyday life.
With that philosophy in mind, XCL's services focus on general or sports training, accommodating different skill levels by adjusting each workout. The athletic performance enhancement program includes six types of exercises for areas like core strength, mobility, and explosiveness, whereas performance chiropractic helps to increase communication between the nervous and muscular systems. Meanwhile, group, private, and semi-private training sessions challenge clients with intense reps and cardio work.
Perhaps his degree in physics from Georgia Tech or his longtime stint as a partner in an engineering firm prepped Jeff Sousa to understand the improbable poses that yoga demands. Before starting Ember Yoga, he knew that he wanted to take possession of his own physical health, and so he left his engineering days behind and became a full-time yoga teacher. He opened Ember Yoga as a venue for others to discover their own passion for yoga.
Now, 16 other passionate yoga teachers—including former basketball players and professional cyclists—aid Jeff in teaching 16 unique yoga classes. Along with the hot-yoga courses, including Vinyasa, the team leads diverse groups through sessions intended for pregnant mothers, children, and practitioners intent on mediation. This panoply of offerings recently won the Woodstock-Towne Lake Patch Readers' Choice Award for Best Gym. The 4,400-square-foot studio features four distinct areas, including a hardwood hot-yoga studio, locker rooms with onsite showers, and a boutique full of yoga equipment and apparel.
Amber Klippel, a licensed massage therapist, neuromuscular therapist, and certified yoga-alignment therapist, believes relaxation is the key to a healthy life. She is a proponent of the idea that by controlling one's stress levels, eating healthy foods, and not keeping piranhas in your bathtub, you can support self-healing. To this end, Amber does everything she can to help point her clients down this path to better well-being, including offering massage services, private yoga classes, and Thai-bodywork sessions.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.