Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape—she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in TRX group suspension training, Schwinn cycling, and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today, she acts as program director of Boot Camp Revolution and Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 12 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Da'Mon Mayers, second-generation yogi Heather Ambrosi, and Basheerah Ahmad. Basheerah has worked with other elite trainers like Jillian Michaels and has worked out celebs like Carrie Underwood and Vivica A. Fox. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of TRX suspension training, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Hammocks of lilac-colored silk hang in ordered rows from the ceiling, the sunlight from Vita-Prana Yoga Studio's large windows warming them before the start of class. Yogis drift into the classroom, each crossing the gleaming wood floors to take a place at a hammock. This is Aerial Yoga, a practice that allows students to suspend traditional Hatha poses several inches above the ground. The freedom that comes from being suspended in the hammock helps guests not only sink deeper into stretches, but also takes weight off of the spine during inversions, allowing it to decompress and give each vertebra time alone from its annoying roommates.
In addition to aerial yoga, the instructors lead a variety of classes in traditional yoga, including Hatha and Vinyasa styles that use breath to link movements and deep postures to strengthen muscles.
One’s a former college athlete. One’s an experienced yogi. One’s a former stay-at-home mom who simply refused to stay overweight any longer. Though they all come from different backgrounds, Oni Fitness Studio’s trainers share one important trait: the desire to stay fit using time-tested exercises. Through personal instruction and group classes in yoga, Pilates, and TRX suspension training, they share their dedication with students, building strong bodies while maintaining balance between body and mind. Stacked flagstone accent walls, hardwood floors, and creamy paint tones run throughout the studio, setting a comfortable and secluded scene in which students can release tension brought on by everyday tasks including evening commutes or morning jousts with the paperboy.
At Marietta Center for Yoga and Well Being, yoga classes represent a fraction of the therapeutic practices offered. Wanda DeVaughn augments private yoga sessions with special techniques, such as chakra focus, which includes meditation to rebalance internal energy, and koshas, which brings awareness to students' five levels of being. Alternatively, Tina Rae teaches the importance of eating well through holistic chef services and nutritional counseling.
Sacred Garden Yoga founder Cindy Olah discovered a love for nature growing up in Peru. She’s fused that passion with yoga instruction by leading retreats in the mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and back home in Peru. Whether outdoors or within her pastel-green workout studio, Cindy and fellow instructors lead non-competitive sessions that foster lifelong friendships. Their group, private, and prenatal sessions emphasize proper body alignment and breath work. Students can also discover healing with reiki and reflexology treatments and workshops on subjects such as meditation and painless band-aid removal.
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.
During the TenniSchools program, Midtown's trained, certified instructors will sculpt beginner swings alike into peak form. If you don't own a racket, Midtown will loan you one. Complimentary access to practice lanes lets you hone your new skills between classes, and full use of Midtown's locker-room amenities ensures you won't have to drive home sweaty. Though it's unlikely you'll develop tennis elbow (which can only be spread through sharing needles), it's quite probable that you'll find a future doubles partner while rubbing elbows at one of Midtown's two complimentary tennis parties.