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Pilates Chattanooga?s instructors work closely with clients to strengthen and lengthen their physiques, using Joseph Pilates?s century-old fitness system and equipment to tone the core. Five types of classes include a program designed specifically for beginners that features one-on-one attention, and apparatus classes that utilize specialized Pilates equipment.

1110 Market St
Chattanooga,
TN
US

It's hard to get out rock climbing regularly. Basketball courts don't fit in the average home. The facilities at The Rush Fitness let everyone get in an exciting workout, though, with climbing walls, pools, athletic courts, and more. At 23 locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Dalton, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Greenville, skilled trainers preside over those amenities. They also lead more than 500 group exercise classes, which might touch on everything from yoga to Zumba. Those classes, as well as the requisite array of free weights and cardio equipment, have helped the chain win a range of "best gym" awards.

825 Chestnut St
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Sports Barn welcomes students of all skill levels and interests with an array of classes that includes gentle, intensive, and restorative yoga styles. The studio’s robust schedule of sessions helmed by dedicated instructors, focus largely on flow sessions that synchronize gracefully cascading transitions with measured breaths to create an invigorating practice. Power yoga engages limbs with vigorous dynamism as it bolsters strength, stamina, and high-fiving ability. Yin yoga draws thoughts inward with a centering sequence of poses that helps loosen uptight connective tissues with deeply held stretches as students learn to focus on improving their range of motion. Although the studios cushion postures with the necessary yoga mats and props, instructors advise students to purchase their own, as chakras can become territorial over particularly good equipment.

301 Market St
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Equipment: Yoga mats, barre, balls, towels, yoga straps

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2013

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Metered street parking

Pro Tip: We don't require registering for a class, but that is the only way to guarantee a spot.

Q&A with the Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Throughout the class our instructors will encourage the clients to re-set the pose if they feel themselves falling out of it. Form is very important in our classes.

What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?

We start with a warm-up, go into arm work, then thigh and seat work, floor work, under the barre work, abs, and stretching.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We do not have full-time desk staff, so our studio is only open 15 minutes before and after each class. We lock the doors 5 minutes into the class to ensure our clients get an uninterrupted workout. This means we cannot allow you into class if you show up more than a few minutes late.

308 Broad Street
Chattanooga,
TN
US

The multiple YMCA locations in metropolitan Chattanooga serve more than 37,000 members a year and fulfill the mission of uniting guests regardless of gender, age, faith, background, abilities, or income. Founded in London in 1844, the YMCA spread to its Chattanooga home in 1871 and continues to operate with help from local community volunteers as stalwart as I Love Lucy syndicators. Each location caters to the needs of children, teens, seniors, and families with afterschool programs and fitness-based activities. Cardio machines pump hearts, racquetball courts host fun competitions, and pools allow goggles to fulfill their original purpose: snapping the face with their elastic band to make a diver jump off the blocks faster. A sauna and steam room heat clients up after they cool down in the pools, and parents can drop their young children off at the nursery before participating in group fitness classes.

301 W 6th St
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Equipment: Real Ryder and Lemond Bikes, Lululemon yoga accessories, Everlast box

Students should bring: A bottle for water. We have purified water and towel service.

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 30?60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25 people

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 2012

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Bring a friend. Having a workout buddy motivates both of you and makes it more fun.

Q&A with Kimberly Gavin, Co-owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Our trainers keep it fun by changing things up all the time. Whether it's cycling, yoga, or group fitness, each day is different. And we focus on balance in working out?cardio, strength, and flexibility are all part of our program at Thrive.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

We have a client in his early 60s who has absolutely transformed his body by consistent exercise and training and good nutrition. He credits his personal trainer, but really he's done all the hard work. And it shows.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?

Music motivates movement; there's no question. We have a great mix of instructors who play a wide variety of music, including original mixes from one of our DJ instructors. You'll find rock and roll, jazz, reggae and lots of electronic dance tracks here. And we have a disco ball in the cycle studio.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Thrive is all about functional fitness?that is, keeping people healthy as they move through all phases of their life. Our clients range in age from rom the twenties to the seventies. Even though their fitness needs differ, their goals are basically the same: to stay healthy and fit. It's our challenge to help them. We think we do a great job; at least, they tell us that we do.

191 River Street
Chattanooga,
TN
US