At A Healing Paradigm, wellness-focused practitioners collaborate to help their clients achieve optimal health, inside and out. Counseling sessions aim to lift inner spirits, and yoga classes burn calories and sculpt muscles. The center's walking group leads travelers along a nature trail featuring colorful foliage and the occasional lost yeti.
Go For Broke Fitness Concepts is a spacious workout facility with certified instructors teaching classes in everything from Zumba to muay thai boxing and MMA fighting. With a padded blue sparring floor, hanging punching bags, and high-tech cardio and strength-training equipment, this gym is a laid-back place to come and get fit in a team-like atmosphere.
Trained by Zumba founder Beto Perez, Janet Ackerman has spread the gospel of Zumba worldwide, teaching classes in Chile, Mexico, India, China, and Hong Kong. Back home, she became one of Atlanta’s first Zumba instructors and now shares her fitness passion with hordes of willing participants. ZumbaAtlanta.com offers group dance parties several days a week, helping attendees burn calories through fun, hip-shaking dance steps set to modern Latin music, and offers events such as motivational team building for corporate groups or private Zumba Fitness parties for bachelorettes.
Whether it’s rooms, clothes, or pet hamsters, sisters share everything. For Faaridah, Leena, and Nahari, that transaction extends to their love and appreciation for belly dancing and the Middle Eastern culture. Eventually, their passion led to the shared ownership of Atlanta Fusion Belly Dance, where they—along with four other instructors—lead sultry, body-sculpting belly-dancing and Zumba classes.
Basic classes lay a foundation of arm and hip movements, and specialty sessions fuse belly dance with a number of other dance styles, including hip hop, blues, and Bollywood, for a dance mélange that tones muscles more effectively than waltzing with a Bowflex. Classes may cover traditional Egyptian, Turkish, Tribal, and Gypsy styles, while others create innovative choreography set to steam-punk-tribal fusion, Arab electronica, and tango fusion. Some even incorporate such props as fan veils, canes, and brass candleholders, all available for purchase so that guests can practice at home, or play makeshift games of Clue.
Sharika Murrell, the workout diva behind Workout Diva Fitness, draws on her experience as a US Navy veteran and fitness leader and instructor at her gym. Murrell and her staff of personal trainers build healthy exercise and nutrition programs for their clients, including Zumba, boot-camp, and circuit-training workouts.
Though Sharika Giddens grew up dancing, her family was afflicted with obesity and diabetes. So when she put on weight after college, she quickly joined a gym, and discovered a workout that catered to her love for dance: Zumba. At Hot Body Fitness Boutique, Sharika banishes boredom from her Zumba, pole-dancing, and yoga classes with energetic exercise routines.