At Great Play, kids are encouraged to break bottles—virtual ones, arranged on virtual shelves—in the center’s Interactive Arena. They are part of a hand-eye coordination game for kids, in which sensors track their “throws” and the computer-generated bottles projected onto the walls fall accordingly. Another version sees kids honing their throwing arms by aiming for an animated strike zone while a simulated crowd cheers.
But regardless of the specific games kids play on any given day in the 3,000-square-foot arena, each activity hews to the play center’s overall goal: to build kids’ motor skills and athletic abilities from an early age. Programs for younger kids focus on fundamentals, such as running, skipping, dodging, and tumbling. Meanwhile, athletic camps for older kids build skillsets that come in handy during pick-up games on the playground or at their first Olympic trials at age 3.
The method that lends this studio its name is founded on three pillars: classic Pilates, optimal nutrition, and cardiovascular exercises. The instructors earned their certification through at least 600 hours of training each on Pilates’ various apparatus, from the reformer to the 12-pound spoon. Among them is Mike Roeser, who boasts more than seven years' experience as a personal trainer and a second career as a professional golf instructor. Mike specializes in combining fast-paced cardio with slow-motion, high-intensity muscle-burning exercises. Private and group exercise classes take the form of body-molding Pilates, heart-pumping workouts, and ballet barre sessions. The gym also functions as a health-food outlet, packed with superfoods, verve-pumping juices, and farm-fresh eggs available for preorder.
A great martial artist must embody strength, endurance, flexibility, and mental discipline. That's why the instructors at 1144 Athletics turn to the combat art to form the core of their athletic training programs. They teach a variety of classes, from boxing to muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu. Some of their classes prepare students for competitive fighting or handling real-world situations of violence—a major point in the women’s self-defense class—while others, such as cardio kickboxing, focus purely on fitness. The Tough Challenge tones and strengthens muscles using crunches, jumping jacks, push ups, and circuit training.
While they eschew traditional belt rankings in favor of purely skill-based teachings in most of their classes, their kids’ classes follow an achievement-based method of advancement. They use this strategy to reward positive attitudes and mental discipline, along with physical accomplishments such as shooting chi lasers from their hands.
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.
For Pur Aura's staff, each workout should be a party—therefore, they focus their training on Zumba dance-fitness classes. The exhilarating workout is led by the “Zumba twins,” who go through a series of choreographed moves to the beat of Latin, African, jazz, and hip-hop music. They also provide Zumba's calorie-burning cardio to workplaces striving to be healthier with a corporate fitness program.
Peace, Love, and Unity: these are the pillars upon which this studio stands. Designed as an alternative to big, impersonal gyms, the family-owned-and-operated center fosters fun and mind-body-spirit harmony alongside fitness. A women-oriented self-defense class, Divas in Defense, adds an empowering edge to a class catalog that includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Those seeking positive inner health may consult with a life coach or practice mediation. Soothing massage therapy and reflexology keep bodies from posing as bread dough to receive a proper kneading.