Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in group cycling, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
At 5-Tool Sports Training Center's 7,000 square-foot, air-conditioned facility, David Collings—a former scholarship player at Andrew College and the University of West Georgia—leads a team of specialized instructors whose collective experience includes minor-league play and collegiate-level coaching. Together the team shapes young baseball players with results-oriented clinics, including a pitching program designed after those used by major-league franchises and the Chinese national team. Other sessions range from summer camps that cover all aspects of the game to position-specific clinics, such as introductory and advanced catching with Mike Day––a four-time College World Series catcher who went on to play with the Montreal Expos.
To keep their skill set sharp, athletes can schedule time in one of four 55-foot hitting cages, two of which boast Iron Mike pitching machines or two dedicated pitching lanes. Private instruction gives kids individualized feedback, and a video-analysis room allows them to see the errors in their swing or the understated chicness of swapping out a cap for a beret.
Glowing neon-red-and-blue wall accents complement the staff members' bright attitudes at American Bodyworks gyms. They strive to make connections with each member, remembering their names and favorite prime numbers, as they guide them through rows of cardio equipment—each with an attached LCD TV screen—and strength-training machines affixed with illustrations on their use. Guests can work out in the daytime hours or swipe their membership key for nighttime access, pushing through free-weight reps while personal trainers sleep inside their resistance-band cocoons. Amenities such as childcare, tanning, and group classes round out the gym services at several American Bodyworks locations.
• Gold's Gym in Douglasville; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Douglasville (South); check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Stockbridge; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Dacula; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Lawrenceville; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in McDonough; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Norcross; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Suwanee; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Austell; check here for the class schedule.
The experienced instructors of Primary Fitness welcome students of all ages to participate in a fitness curriculum that accommodates a variety of fitness goals. A weekly schedule details a large slate of Zumba classes, with different skill levels aimed at children 4-12, experienced exercisers, or active, older adults. Other group class options include expressive dance—in which children explore movement and choreography—or hip-hop dancing. The studio also offers pole fitness classes, allowing those beginning and advanced to explore a full-body workout with choreographed routines.
The head cheer coach at Where A Star Is Born operates on the belief that there’s no such thing as too young to cheer—after all, she started cheerleading at the age of 5. That’s why the coach and her staff of seasoned cheerleaders welcome students aged 5–18 to try out for the All-Stars team, attend a cheerleading-and-gymnastics day camp, or come to weekly tumbling and stunting classes.