Julie Schwartz's ultimate goal is for her clients to eventually no longer require her services. As a holistically minded dietitian and wellness coach, Julie guides her patients on a path toward autonomy in the maintenance of their own health. Using the The Coaching Weigh method, Julie crafts individualized plans for patients that eschew fad-diet techniques in favor of realistic lifestyle reform based on balanced nutrition and exercise goals.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
At Total Boxing, students study under experienced athletes and instructors, learning the swift leg strikes, powerful blocks, and delicate balancing skills of muay thai. Adults and children alike hone their agility, strength, and speed during invigorating lessons, safely sparring with other fighters, or practicing fist and footwork on the gym's ample collection of specially designed training bags. In addition to perfecting a blinding flurry of high-kicking feet, visitors to Total Boxing turn abs and core muscles into rippling sinew, and learn effective self-defense strategies. The part-gym, part-dojo operates with its own in-house graduated belt system to mark students' progress and development, shunning the meaningless belt-doling and cupcake-gifting of corporate academies. Other classes include the core building of Pilates, the chokes and locks that make up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and the functional workouts in boot-camp classes.
Instructors at MF Yoga work to integrate mind and body during classes for all levels taught in a flowing vinyasa style. During slow-paced beginner sessions, they focus yoga basics such as finding proper posture alignments and learning to connect deep breaths with movement. More advanced sessions test students' mental and physical strength with challenges such as practicing in a heated room or attempting to hug your own inner child.
Born in a Floridian retirement community, Liza Jaine had to rely on the power of her own imagination for entertainment. She staged theatrical and dance productions in her backyard, planting the seeds for a lifelong pursuit of the stage arts. Her education and career took her to New York, down the East Coast, to Chicago, and finally back to Atlanta to start a family. Now, she indulges that urge to dance through a new medium: Piloxing, a fusion of dance, boxing, Pilates.
Liza teaches students at Total Boxing, making use of the facility’s weighted gloves to enhance the workout. She splices the speed and strength training with graceful, core-building Pilates moves and energetic dance routines set to chart-topping hits.
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.