Behind the name of Two Gold Taekwondo is a man's accomplishments. Master Ha Tae Kyung seized gold medals in his sport while representing Korea in the 1988 and 1992 games. He then moved to Georgia and founded a dojo to train the world's next crop of Taekwondo stars. Today, his staff oversees two dojos in the state, training pupils for high-level competition and imparting the many benefits of the sport: improved agility, discipline, fitness, and ability to defend themselves. These skills are especially important for youth, so Two Gold Taekwondo offers after-school training programs that include bus transit from school and time to complete homework or write screenplays for martial-arts movies in the margins of their textbooks.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
Self-defense classes for kids and adults are the focus for this martial arts academy, in both group and private settings. During HapKiDo classes—a derivative of classic karate—black-belt instructors Maurice Murphy and R.J. LoPresti lead children through combat techniques that are designed to boost confidence, improve focus, and avoid the high price of bodyguards. Adult training also incorporates meditation and philosophy. The staff offers up nutrition tips throughout class, and are available for one-on-one consultations.
As a measure of their devotion to their clientele, the Rainbow Pilates team brings its expertise on the road, teaching yoga and Pilates at homes and offices. The certified staff expands their curriculum even further at the studio, where they lead Tai Chi, Zumba, bellydancing, and cardiolates. Friendly Pilates teachers offer a range of innovative twists on the fitness discipline, including 50 Shades of Pilates classes held for couples, singles, or individuals who want to hone their focus by practicing the core-strengthening postures in the dark. Rainbow Pilates also offers rigorous boot camps and a yoga class designed specifically to ameliorate the symptoms of PTSD for veterans, called yoga warriors.
Sonya Dube' founded Rainbow Pilates after more than a decade in real estate, motivated by an urge to help others learn the power of conscious breathing techniques, among many other fitness ideas. Sonya specializes in clinical and post-rehab exercise, and her fellow staffers, including certified Qigong instructor Anisa Taylor, support her mission of promoting personal fitness.
Though World Mission Athletics does promote the martial art as a means of self-defense, its classes feature a wealth of other benefits. Often with physical strength and dexterity comes mental acuity, commitment, leadership skills, and the confidence necessary for opening pickle jars by yourself. The class schedule welcomes everyone from Little Dragons (ages 4–6) to adults.
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.