B.U.S.Y. Body Fitness founder and police officer Tonya Ransom tones, tightens, and toughens bodies of all shapes and sizes with challenging, motivating, and supportive boot-camp classes. In each one-hour class, which is limited to 25 students, certified B.U.S.Y. body trainers lead boot campers through spontaneous, creative, and playful workouts, such as impromptu high-five competitions. Tone muscles with full-body resistance training, burn calories in cardio drills, dodge through obstacle courses, race through relays, and beat your best time in personal challenges.
CrossFit South Chattanooga is chock full of barbells, climbing ropes, kettlebells, giant tires, plyometric boxes, gymnastics rings, and pull-up bars?all equipment that encourages users to mimic functional movements. The CrossFit workout is based on high-intensity exercises?though, customizable for all fitness levels?to help members burn fat and build muscle mass. Coaches oversee individuals in classes to ensure everyone is using the correct form and making the proper grunting noises.
Covered in jagged faces and colorful tape, the climbing spaces at Urban Rocks Gym challenge mountaineers of all skill levels. More than 100 top-rope and lead-climbing routes rise up to 35 feet, with both relaxed vertical paths and grip-testing overhangs. A separate kids' wall offers lower altitudes for aspiring climbers, bolstering their confidence once they reach the top. Topped by an amphitheater-like roof, the 3,000-square-foot top-out-bouldering area enables participants to live out their dream of becoming a stalactite with a 60-degree wall, overhanging arêtes, and a maximum height of 14 feet. Those returning to the gym will find that its routes are regularly recalibrated, with 15 new top-rope routes and 25 new boulder problems every week.
STAT Fitness's private studio and serene green roof serve as a carefree setting for exercisers to stretch their limbs while they follow the lead of encouraging fitness trainers. During the studio's personal-training and group sessions, workout gurus launch participants toward their fitness goals by engaging their bodies in fun exercises that incorporate yoga, Pilates, and dance maneuvers. In front of mirrored walls and exposed brick, students can huff and puff through a trio of group classes that last 60 minutes each, about as long as it takes to wash a tuba with a toothbrush. During these sessions, the staff puts a pronounced emphasis on building camaraderie among exercisers.
Pilates Chattanooga?s instructors work closely with clients to strengthen and lengthen their physiques, using Joseph Pilates?s century-old fitness system and equipment to tone the core. Five types of classes include a program designed specifically for beginners that features one-on-one attention, and apparatus classes that utilize specialized Pilates equipment.
Chattanooga DanceSport's qualified instructors can assist dancers of all skill levels, from beginning two-step stompers to professional rug rippers. Private classes allow couples to learn together and solo-swingers to pair off with an instructor in any of the available dance styles, including Rumba, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and California Raisin Shuffle. The main dance floor and its mirror-lined walls set the mood for group classes, which take place from 7–8 p.m. on select weekdays. During each class, a troupe of tyro trotters covers a specific style of body movin'—upcoming sessions include Rumba, Merengue, and the classic waltz.