Since 2000, Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp owner David Nash has been fine-tuning his fitness-coaching expertise along with a trained staff. In addition to picking up certifications in health and physical education, nutrition, first aid, and other areas, the certified personal trainer has also honed specialties in athletic performance and the biomechanics of human movement. Rae Stampley, head trainer at the Smyrna location, draws from a background of playing competitive sports and teaching health and physical education and is currently an A.C.E. certified personal trainer.
At Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp, the staff shares its fitness training and nutritional-guidance expertise with students during indoor boot-camp sessions. During classes, students go through a variety of workouts from walking lunges to relay races and partner team pushups.
Renee and Cintron know firsthand that it's not enough to simply bring your body to the gym. An effective workout should be driven by positive energy, not a sense of weary obligation. And, ever since losing weight with a Zumba fitness regimen, Cintron has tried to spread this outlook through festive dance.
The instructors lead invigorating classes at RC Fitnez Studio, transforming exercise into a celebratory event. Their Zumba sessions teach groups intuitive dance moves that match up to Latin and world music. On certain Saturdays, students even come together for Zumba dance parties, a better way to socialize and shed pounds than bench-pressing your blind date. Cintron also hosts Power X 15 classes, which tone muscles with strength-based routines. Specialty classes on the schedule can vary, but may include offerings such as Turbo Kick kickboxing and Identities of Hip Hop.
At Peak Performance 360, certified personal trainer Jamie Hayes and his staff can help exercisers either slim down or bulk up. This flexibility is due to the breadth of their performance training services, which include everything from CrossFit training to toning classes that are supplemented by meal plans. For even more customization, Hayes and his team schedule personal training sessions, where it's just the exerciser, the personal trainer, and a whole bunch of applauding U.N. dignitaries.
Hardcore workouts might look impressive on paper, but sustainable fitness routines are usually based on engaging exercises performed in a supportive environment. That's the recipe for success at At Ladies Fitness-Mind, Body & Soul, a women-only aerobic center dedicated to fostering whole-body health. Here, members join a community of like-minded ladies and build camaraderie in one of 20 group fitness classes. Of course, they can also forge a more personal workout relationship during one-on-one sessions with the gym's seasoned trainers. But no matter how they choose to exercise, members benefit from the gym's innovative construction, which includes workout areas with suspended, aerobic flooring designed to cushion and protect joints and muscles.
Originating from Belize, Jonnie Williams already had the Latin rhythms that fuel Zumba workouts coursing through her veins when she discovered the exercise form in 2007. She fell so much in love with Zumba that before the year was out, she decided to become an instructor. Having achieved that status, she started Jonnie’s Wellness Group to spread the hip-swiveling, cardio-centric dancercise across Atlanta. Williams, however, views Zumba as more than just a class—she views it as a community. She often spends time with students outside of her weekday night classes, sharing meals with them or attending dance events.
Recently, Williams added full-body-conditioning Sculpt and Tone classes to the group's repertoire, which uses intense interval training to transmute flesh into muscle, the very alchemical secret that plagued Isaac Newton his entire life.
In the eight years that Jay Broxton has worked in the fitness industry, he's trained people from all walks of life?from young kids to professional athletes and celebrities, including Kansas City starter Tank Tyler and newscaster Pam Oliver. Backed by a personal-training certification and a lifetime of athletic experience, Jay captains his own fitness program?Body That Works?where he joins fellow fitness instructors to lead clients though comprehensive boot-camp or personal-training workouts that combine cardio with strength-training and TRX-training techniques. Committed to battling youth obesity, Jay also conducts a variety of youth athletic training programs designed to prepare students for upcoming athletic seasons or full-contact chess tournaments.