As she watched the dancers of Canopy Studio Repertory Company twirl and flip using a long cord of aerial silks during their evening performance, Amy Powell knew she wanted to do the same. Less than a year after joining the studio and taking classes, she was asked to perform in one of the company's shows, drawing from former gymnastics training and a natural affinity for high-flying dance to hone her abilities. More than a decade later, she now helms Chattanooga Aerials, located inside Scenic City Dance Center, as the director and head instructor and passes on her skills on silks, slings, and trapezes to all levels of students and budding telephone-company workers under the high ceilings of Scenic City Dance Center.
Amy instills students with a solid aerial foundation while also working to advance abilities toward graceful dancing and strength conditioning. She starts exercises at the lowest possible height to assuage first-timers before teaching dancers to work in tandem, using each other's bodies to perform coordinated moves. She and her fellow teachers can pinpoint the root cause of many of their students' physical limitations and inhibitions and often revise the curriculum or help students with their fears directly, perhaps by doing floor work that translates to the air. Muscles that have grown accustomed to more traditional workouts awaken in each class, and Amy's Something New workshop challenges students further with hybridized methods including aerial yoga and outdoor sessions using trees as aerial gear. When not teaching, she and her staff frequently perform for the community in programs for the children's Creative Discovery Museum and for Nightfall, a downtown concert series.
Owner Heather Simmons Alexander applies her 11 years of certified experience to personally educate students about the fitness-boosting art of Pilates. Designed to strengthen the body and increase flexibility, Pilates consists of a series of strengthening movements and low-impact resistance exercises. During 55-minute individual lessons available Monday–Friday by appointment, students tighten cores while keeping an astute, corrective eye on form. Since Pilates focuses on control and body-weight exercises, impeccable form helps students build muscle and increase their fitness with swifter celerity. Individual lessons are built to bestow individuals with a sturdy foundation of skills before they graduate to one of Heather’s semi-private mat classes, in which they may continue to build balance, flexibility, and strength with up to six others.
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.
Personal-training mavens Rob Hatch and Rhonda Swaney mold their clients into versions of their chiseled selves with 60-minute Buns & Abs Fitness sessions. During classes, these seasoned trainers will shepherd students through a fitness regimen designed to bolster muscles and evict excess fat cells taking up space on their protoplasmic couch. They'll target the lower body with an arsenal of high-intensity interval training and strength exercises designed to define glutes, abs, and legs much more effectively than dictionary-themed calisthenics.
Board-certified, Dr. Garry Gesualdi personally handles all of Affordable Botox of Chattanooga's prettification procedures, delicately sculpting countenances with minimally invasive techniques. Patients choose one of three areas on which to receive a series of three to five injections, inverting frown lines, smoothing forehead wrinkles, or shooing crow's-feet away from the soul’s windowsills. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes for new patients and 15 minutes for repeat visitors, with the procedure itself lasting two to three minutes, facilitating results that can last for three to four months. Many patients return directly to work afterward, complaining only of some mild discomfort accompanied by a startling rise in air-blown kisses from strangers on the street.
Yoga East is a full-service flex factory where peaceful ohms and ahhs are manufactured under the guidance of 15 certified joint stretchers. Use your limitless month of yoga to pick and choose from the wide variety of classes offered every week and designed to suit all levels of strength and strechability. Break a sweat in hot fusion yoga, where the room is heated to a boy-band-trumping 100 degrees, awaken sleepy joints in the early-bird yoga boot camp, or hold five-minute poses while drinking oolong tea in yin yoga. Check out the full schedule before dropping in to the serene studio, where calming green walls entice muscles to relax and ligaments to accept their lovers' faults.