The trainers at STAT Fitness sculpt bodies into beacons of strength and endurance through intense workouts during boot camp classes held twice a week. By capping sessions at 10–15 exercisers, the one-hour classes can focus on the particular needs of varying levels of fitness from beginners to robust athletes to Norse gods on Earth as punishment for their hubris. Students follow the instructor’s lead through an array of cardio, strength-training, and core development exercises to fortify the body from head to toe. Brick walls and large mirrors give the clean gym an industrial feel, and the natural light streaming in through the windows silhouettes forms in the throes of doing pushups, lifting weights, or high-fiving their reflection after bench-pressing reps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Equipment: Yoga mats, barre, balls, towels, yoga straps
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
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.
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.