At GL Dance Fitness, working out is often a form of cross-cultural exchange. As Latin-inspired music from around the globe reverberates in the studio, instructors lead students through high-energy dance moves that draw inspiration from salsa, belly dancing, and merengue. Specialty classes tweak the formula, slowing things down a bit during Zumba Gold, adding a strength-building element with small weights during Zumba Toning, and introducing students to man’s first best friend—the chair—during Zumba Sentao. Kids also get their groove on during six-week Zumbatomic sessions that utilize tot-appropriate beats to boost metabolisms and encourage the confidence necessary to excel on math tests and beat back bullies with nothing more than a perfectly executed musical number.
Eating a spicy burrito or betting a pristine collection of Choose Your Own Adventure books on a poker hand may work up a sweat, but it doesn’t qualify as proper exercise. BTB CrossFit & BootCamp provides a vibrant environment where upbeat members benefit from a training program that incorporates multiple disciplines. Eager clients trim their figures and harvest their muscle farms through gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric training, as their muscle fibers and muscle ears absorb encouraging words. Workouts are quick and intense, like a game of Galaga, and mimic everyday movements such as pushing, pulling, running, throwing, jumping, dragging, and mixing cake batter while shouting at a perched phone.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape?she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in Schwinn cycling and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today she acts as program director of Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 15 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Rashad McDade, yoga and pilates teacher Michelle Wade and CrossFit Coach, Richard Bowen. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of CrossFit, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Trainers and nutritional counselors at Body House Fitness have a unique view of the human form?namely, that it's not much different from a house. On their web site, they clarify: "Nutrition is your foundation, your body is the structure, and your education is the maintenance." Their services address each of these three components. In group and individual training sessions, coaches help exercisers to tone their muscles, elevate their heart rates, and get stubborn gum off the bottoms of their sneakers. Mobile training programs get clients moving, whether they're in their office or their home. Finally, nutritional counseling and the supplements in specially curated "Body Boxes" aim to improve dietary health.
The name is no joke. The nationally certified trainers at Intensity Body Training pour on the challenges and push clients to perform increasingly difficult exercises until they reach their fitness goals.
But not because they’re mean.
Far from it. The trainers at Intensity are also life coaches. They understand that each client’s body works differently. That’s why Intensity’s boot camps, fitness workshops, and personal training sessions are fueled by encouragement and positive reinforcement instead of the intimidation and screaming tactics associated with boot camps and Thanksgiving. Staff members strive to instill a can-do attitude, adjusting exercises to accommodate virtually every level of fitness.
Although each of the seven Just Fitness 4U locations has its own distinctions?such as the Lawrenceville location's 24/7 hours or the Marietta location's 25,000 sq. ft. facility and marble lobby?they more or less share the same tools for getting in shape. For starters, each is furnished with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, which can be used or lifted to increase strength. Moreover, the facilities have a team of certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors who lead one-on-one workouts and fitness classes such Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and spinning, respectively.