The certified personal trainers at EPOC Fitness care about one thing: measureable results for all of their clients. Believing that no fitness regimen works for everyone, the trainers at EPOC work to make sure each gym-goer does cardio and strength training appropriate to his or her fitness needs, and the staff offers nutritional counseling and modifications to workouts to make sure clients continue to meet their goals. Members can burn fat and build calories in this intimate gym with a personal trainer, or work up a sweat in one of the small-group boot-camp sessions offered Monday through Friday.
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.
Since opening Nutrition World in 1979, founder Ed Jones has fostered healthy mastication with an expansive inventory of natural, organic, and gluten-free foodstuffs. As shoppers peruse the aisles, nutrition-savvy store clerks stand by to answer inquiries and suggest healthy alternatives to junk food such as chips or notoriously indulgent Cracker Jack prizes. Shelves sport boxes of DeBoles gluten-free pasta ($3.89), and refrigerators eschew lactose with cartons of sunflower, coconut, hemp, and almond milk ($2.99+). Shoppers can scarf down the protein of an OhYeah! chocolate-caramel bar ($2.49) or work on their Popeye impressions by downing Amy's spinach pizza ($7.99).
The trainers at STAT Fitness sculpt bodies into beacons of strength and endurance through intense workouts during boot camp classes held twice a week. By capping sessions at 10–15 exercisers, the one-hour classes can focus on the particular needs of varying levels of fitness from beginners to robust athletes to Norse gods on Earth as punishment for their hubris. Students follow the instructor’s lead through an array of cardio, strength-training, and core development exercises to fortify the body from head to toe. Brick walls and large mirrors give the clean gym an industrial feel, and the natural light streaming in through the windows silhouettes forms in the throes of doing pushups, lifting weights, or high-fiving their reflection after bench-pressing reps.
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.
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.