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Equipment: Real Ryder and Lemond Bikes, Lululemon yoga accessories, Everlast box

Students should bring: A bottle for water. We have purified water and towel service.

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 30?60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25 people

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 2012

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Bring a friend. Having a workout buddy motivates both of you and makes it more fun.

Q&A with Kimberly Gavin, Co-owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

Our trainers keep it fun by changing things up all the time. Whether it's cycling, yoga, or group fitness, each day is different. And we focus on balance in working out?cardio, strength, and flexibility are all part of our program at Thrive.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

We have a client in his early 60s who has absolutely transformed his body by consistent exercise and training and good nutrition. He credits his personal trainer, but really he's done all the hard work. And it shows.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?

Music motivates movement; there's no question. We have a great mix of instructors who play a wide variety of music, including original mixes from one of our DJ instructors. You'll find rock and roll, jazz, reggae and lots of electronic dance tracks here. And we have a disco ball in the cycle studio.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Thrive is all about functional fitness?that is, keeping people healthy as they move through all phases of their life. Our clients range in age from rom the twenties to the seventies. Even though their fitness needs differ, their goals are basically the same: to stay healthy and fit. It's our challenge to help them. We think we do a great job; at least, they tell us that we do.

191 River Street
Chattanooga,
TN
US

Tim Mercier grew up beneath the shade of apple trees at Mercier Orchards, helping his father tend the fertile mountain soil while snacking on juicy winesaps plucked straight from the branch. To this day, Tim continues to run his family's 50-year-old farm, where he harvests apples by hand, wears John Appleseed’s cooking pot hat, and manages the market alongside his wife, children, and grandchildren. At the 200-acre farm, tree branches sprout dozens of kinds of apples, including sweet ambrosias, tart dandee reds, and crisp pink ladies. Beyond the apple groves lie stretches of cherry trees, peach trees, and blueberry bushes, as well as strawberry fields blossoming with chandler, camerosa, and sweet charlie varieties.

The Mercier family opens their farm to visitors year-round, inviting guests to stroll the verdant grounds and pick their own berries and apples. Afterwards, guests pop into Mercier Orchards’ rustic shop to survey jugs of fresh cider, colorful jams, and caramel-coated candy apples. In the bakery, they sample apple cider donuts, pecan breads, and the farm's famous fried pies, which can now be found on the shelves of local Whole Foods.

8660 Blue Ridge Dr
Blue Ridge,
GA
US

In the 1960's a man planted two apple trees in his backyard. And with a little time and passion, he cultivated his land until it grew to hold 8,000 apple trees. The husband-and-wife team that started Apple Valley Orchards back then sold their first apple from those trees in 1974, but their ideas didn't stop there. Now their children run the orchard?which now includes a cider mill and bakery?and sell 22 varieties of apples. The bakery cooks the bounty into cinnamon rolls, fritters, turnovers, and pies, letting visitors get a taste of the harvest's variety and helping them get in a doctor-avoiding dose of the fruit. The orchard also lets locals explore its tree-strewn paths on wagon rides and tours during the summer.

351 Weese Rd SE
Cleveland,
TN
US

The industrial facade of Madeline's Cafe and Bakery conceals an elegant, intimate atmosphere reminiscent of a Parisian sidewalk cafe. A palpable sense of European nostalgia permeates not just Madeline's interior, but also its cuisine. Chefs Gerard and Hector use recipes that have been passed down from their ancestors or culled from their own experiences, such as the time they had to eat their way out of a giant souffle. Along with a rustic soup of the day and several eclectic salads, the simple menu features sandwiches such as a chicken-salad croissant with cranberries and a muffaletta with creole-style mustard dressing. And while Madeline's food often takes center stage, it's perhaps best known for its bakery. Here, cases are lined with fresh-baked pastries, cupcakes, and 15 lavish special-occasion cakes.

1052 E Church St.
Jasper,
GA
US

It’s not hard to find cuts of meat that rival those at restaurants—if you live near Findley’s. Whether grilling outdoors or searing steak on the stove, the butcher shop supplies quality cuts and wild game that boost your meal offerings at home. Angus beef, Berkshire pork, and Ashley Farms organic chicken are just a few of the shop’s markers of meat quality, though raw meat isn’t the only currently the team works with. Among of the central parts of Findley’s processes is a smokehouse that produces fresh jerky, smoked sausage, brisket, and other specialties.

Through a special-order program, the crew also packs customer coolers with items such as caviar, catfish, and fois gras. Alternatively, anyone with little time to spend in the kitchen can grab items from the shop’s selection of heat-and-eat foods such as baby back ribs and twice-baked potatoes. To give customers a unique insight into the shop’s processes, Findley’s also encourages new customers to take free tours of the shop’s backstage areas to see the processes Findley’s is so proud of and to get their bacon autographed.

3450 Cobb Pkwy NW
Acworth,
GA
US

Grills and stockpots sizzle as Carniceria El Tio #2's chefs imbue seven types of meat—ranging from familiar grilled chicken to exotic beef tongue—with zesty Mexican spices. Each morsel barely gets a chance to discuss grill politics with its meaty brethren before it slides into a soft corn taco, a hefty burrito, or a towering torta sandwich crowned with cilantro, cheese, and avocado. On weekends, the kitchen begets an array of hard-to-find Mexican specialties, such as pozole brimming with pork and hominy or menudo, a savory tripe soup.

225 Williams Dr
Marietta,
GA
US