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 experienced instructors help clients tone and strengthen their cores using Joseph Pilates’s century-old fitness system and tummy-targeting specialized equipment. The studio's robust calendar boasts morning and evening classes to accommodate students with overstuffed day planners and overstuffed day planners looking to lose a few reams after business hours. The studio teams Intro to Pilates students with a personal coach who tailors an exercise plan to suit their goals, fitness levels, and cartoon-watching-marathon schedule. In addition to teaching postures to help bolster spine and torso muscles, this private, 45-minute session imparts the basics of proper form and the fitness philosophy behind Pilates exercises. Instead of cultivating flexibility in a petri dish, students learn to stretch their way toward long, lean sinews during one-hour apparatus classes, using resistance trainers such as wunda chairs and half-trapezes in small groups of up to four students.
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).
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.
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.
The multiple YMCA locations in metropolitan Chattanooga serve more than 37,000 members a year and fulfill the mission of uniting guests regardless of gender, age, faith, background, abilities, or income. Founded in London in 1844, the YMCA spread to its Chattanooga home in 1871 and continues to operate with help from local community volunteers as stalwart as I Love Lucy syndicators. Each location caters to the needs of children, teens, seniors, and families with afterschool programs and fitness-based activities. Cardio machines pump hearts, racquetball courts host fun competitions, and pools allow goggles to fulfill their original purpose: snapping the face with their elastic band to make a diver jump off the blocks faster. A sauna and steam room heat clients up after they cool down in the pools, and parents can drop their young children off at the nursery before participating in group fitness classes.
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.