With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The instructors at GIS Boot Camp are dedicated to helping you achieve your fitness goals, going so far as to create a Fat Loss Accountability Group. The group includes weekly check-ins, members only coaching and support, and weekly food log reviews. This willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of their clients, beginners, intermediate, and advanced fitness enthusiasts alike, is seen elsewhere, as well. High intensity programs, such as boot camp and Triple AAA, target specific body parts and focus on toning muscle. They offer classes Monday through Friday at three locations, including Plus Youth Speed, Agility and Quickness classes, teen strength and conditioning classes, and Fit Over 40 women's only classes.
Cheryl K. Webster, owner and head fitness instructor at Metro Atlanta Fitness, believes that having fun and staying healthy don't have to be mutually exclusive. The trained dancer and wellness coach founded her studio to provide fun alternatives to typical nutrition and fitness programs. Her signature Latin Cardio and Caribbean'Robics classes blend international moves and hip-hop-inspired choreography to create upbeat, muscle-toning workouts. Clients can reinforce their regimens with personal nutrition consultations and a wide array of healthy supplements that take the form of smoothies, herbal teas, and the Ghosts of Meals Past, Present, and Future.
Leaping Lions' supervised playground of inflatable obstacles, slides, and jumps keep little bodies in motion in a safe, 15,000-square-foot space. With all bouncing feet capped in socks, 5- to 13-year-olds (up to $8.50 admission) can shake out sugar rushes among the vibrantly colored, air-filled jungle gyms. The specialized tot play arena provides ample room for ages 4 and younger ($5 admission for ages 2–3, up to $8.50 admission for age 4) to practice toddling and future circus aerials. Children looking for long-term commitments to fun can invest in 10 play sessions with the 10-pass play card, and youngsters who met on Internet play-dating sites can bond over admission for two (up to a $17 value) and make small talk about past ball pits over two popcorns (a $1 value each) and two juices (a $1 value each). Leaping Lions encourages adults to always keep their child or young musical protégé in sight; however, a crew of CPR-certified staffers does supervise each bouncing zone.
The studio of Got Pole Academy LLC radiates a purple glow as the light filters through the violet curtains and fills the room. Poles spaced evenly throughout the space reflect the sultry light, giving the whole room a cool, mysterious feel as women start to arrive for their pole technique or pole fitness classes. The instructors—many of whom found their way here through gymnastics and professional dance programs—lead a variety of alternative fitness classes, all with an emphasis and respect for the art of pole dancing.
Above all, the classes are fun. Dancers Chyna, DoLove, and Elle "Honeypot" Birchfield show folks the tricks of the trade for pulling off gravity-defying maneuvers, including inversions and twirls. Along the way, students build the core muscles necessary to lift themselves off the ground and carry out slow-motion tricks. In addition to pole fitness, they lead students in sexy chair, floor work, and boot camp classes. They also throw parties for groups to celebrate birthdays, upcoming weddings, or the end of a successful expedition to the North Pole.
The instructors at Game Changers Sports Training don't just create physically fit athletes?they also mold on-the-field strategists. Their program delves into the intricacies of gameplay in addition to exercise. As far as exercise goes, though, their CrossFit routines consist of functional movements for speed and strength, tailored to suit both the season and the off-season. Players attend private and group lessons for any sport. Students of all skill levels, ages 6 and up, are eligible for the program.