Trained by Zumba founder Beto Perez, Janet Ackerman has spread the gospel of Zumba worldwide, teaching classes in Chile, Mexico, India, China, and Hong Kong. Back home, she became one of Atlanta’s first Zumba instructors and now shares her fitness passion with hordes of willing participants. ZumbaAtlanta.com offers group dance parties several days a week, helping attendees burn calories through fun, hip-shaking dance steps set to modern Latin music, and offers events such as motivational team building for corporate groups or private Zumba Fitness parties for bachelorettes.
Whether it’s rooms, clothes, or pet hamsters, sisters share everything. For Faaridah, Leena, and Nahari, that transaction extends to their love and appreciation for belly dancing and the Middle Eastern culture. Eventually, their passion led to the shared ownership of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, where they—along with four other instructors—lead sultry, body-sculpting belly-dancing and Zumba classes.
Basic classes lay a foundation of arm and hip movements, and specialty sessions fuse belly dance with a number of other dance styles, including hip hop, blues, and Bollywood, for a dance mélange that tones muscles more effectively than waltzing with a Bowflex. Classes may cover traditional Egyptian, Turkish, Tribal, and Gypsy styles, while others create innovative choreography set to steam-punk-tribal fusion, Arab electronica, and tango fusion. Some even incorporate such props as fan veils, canes, and brass candleholders, all available for purchase so that guests can practice at home, or play makeshift games of Clue.
Though Sharika Giddens grew up dancing, her family was afflicted with obesity and diabetes. So when she put on weight after college, she quickly joined a gym, and discovered a workout that catered to her love for dance: Zumba. At Hot Body Fitness Boutique, Sharika banishes boredom from her Zumba, pole-dancing, and yoga classes with energetic exercise routines.
Corey Cutter has always loved working out, be it making fitness videos with her childhood friends or sweating it out in aerobics class as an adult. But it was her mother’s three-decade career as a fitness professional that inspired her to open her current fitness studio, Cre8fit, after 15 years of practicing law.
From this boutique studio, tucked within Riverview Village Shopping Center, Corey shares her passion for healthy living by offering clients the latest in group fitness classes. During Real Ryder sessions, students cycle on technologically advanced machines that mimic real outdoor bikes. CrossCore 180 classes use pulleys and the student's own body weight to strengthen and tone muscles. Corey also works alongside six other instructors, each providing ample attention by making modifications for beginners.
Titanz Fitness & Nutrition is open 24 hours a day to help its visitors devise their own fitness plans. Clients can work out solo or meet up with a class or personal trainer. Augmenting exercises, a nutritionist helps guide the dietary component of guests' wellness regimens, and the onsite store proffers supplements.
At A Healing Paradigm, wellness-focused practitioners collaborate to help their clients achieve optimal health, inside and out. Counseling sessions aim to lift inner spirits, and yoga classes burn calories and sculpt muscles. The center's walking group leads travelers along a nature trail featuring colorful foliage and the occasional lost yeti.