Calling upon experience in both personal training and group fitness, as well as professional certification, the trainers of Wayforward Fitness live by a simple philosophy: to motivate, excel, and inspire. They look to do this via personal training sessions and outdoor group classes. Designed for 5–20 students, these boot-camp-style workouts include core training, calisthenics, body-weight exercises, and stretching. Participants also receive tutelage in breathing and relaxation, as well as nutritional guidance.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Visiting youngsters glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facilities' professionally developed parent/child program, while other programs feature diverse activities in gymnastics, dance, sports, and parent-child yodeling for mountain-echoing communication more effective than a squeal. Kids can enjoy programs in gymnastics that cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence.
Tameka Pettigrew, a group fitness, Zumba, and hip-hop instructor, helps clients get fit through the art of dance at Fusion Dance Fitness. She's certified to teach Zumba to adults and kids, and her Zumba classes blend dance moves from merengue, salsa, and cumbia set to catchy and high-energy international tunes.
When Kayleigh Scott was offered the reins to the preschool cheerleading company where she once coached, she seized the opportunity as a chance to reinvent the business. Kayleigh, who has 11 years of cheer experience, added competitive and noncompetitive classes that embrace all ages, although the business specializes in competitive cheerleading. Recently, she unveiled the new gym that her labor of love, Alpha Athletics, now calls home. The staff—with 45 years of combined experience—facilitates teamwork and fun at classes and camps that range from basic cheer and tumbling to the challenging all-star cheerleading squad.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind 24/7 Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Matrix-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
24/7 Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.