At Gracie Barra Georgia, instructors train students in the ground-fighting and grappling techniques of Carlos Gracie Jr. of the legendary Gracie Brazilian jujitsu family. Based on leverage and proper technique, jujitsu classes focus on subduing opponents regardless of their size or strength by using different escapes and submissions. Gracie Barra Georgia holds classes for all levels of fighters and supplements jujitsu training with classes in kickboxing and yoga.
Inspire Fitness’s owner, Deron Singh, is an ACE- and NASM-certified personal trainer who works to help his clients overcome their own limitations and achieve results. In personal-training and boot-camp sessions, he guides clients through a variety of exercises such as weight lifting and bodyweight exercise designed to help tone muscles, burn fat, and improve stamina and flexibility. Deron backs his 30-day specialized training and nutrition program with a money-back guarantee—if clients aren’t satisfied with their results, he promises to refund them and let them keep their customized nutrition plans.
Students should bring: water, towel, mat
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Bodyplex Fitness boasts a 28,500-square-foot facility, equipped with group classes, modern equipment, and personal trainers to whip burgeoning muscle mavens into shape. Health-hunters can attend three selections from a schedule of more than 50 classes, slurp down a complimentary smoothie from the in-house bar, test out a bevy of Life Fitness and Precor cardio equipment, and train for spontaneous, t-shirt-tearing flex-offs in the free-weight area (a $44 value). Meanwhile enjoy body-pampering amenities such as a 30-minute massage (a $45 value) and unlimited 30-day access to the 200-watt tanning systems (a $33 value).
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.
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.