When he references fitness hurdles, Labronze Garrett isn't being metaphorical—the 400-meter hurdler has been an international track contender for almost 10 years. Having ranked fifth in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials, he knows how to train the human body for nearly any challenge. LG Fitness Training is his venue for helping others reach their milestones, whether they want to be faster, lift more weight, or simply adopt a more active lifestyle. Labronze's classes employ exercise circuits and tools such as kettlebells to condition physiques. He guides groups, children, and private clients alike toward their goals, and even visits corporate offices for wellness workouts.
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.
CrossFit 120's staffers don't claim a specialty. The CrossFit Level 1 Trainers draw on gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and constantly varied programs for their daily workouts, which they can scale to people of all ages and fitness levels. In most cases, the trainers select exercises that reflect functional movement patterns, like squatting, pulling, and pushing. And because the routines are always changing, athletes are less likely to hit workout plateaus or send a pre-programmed robot to do the work for them.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Personal trainer and Strongside founder Mitchel Black has a list of certifications and accomplishments that would make any bodybuilder blush. Certified as a CrossFit trainer—as well as a US Olympic weight coach—he has hosted a health and fitness radio show, completed in an Ironman triathalon, and, today, facilitates 30 day paleo challenges in eight countries.
But while his own accomplishments may sound intimidating, Black started Strongside with the goal of making physical health and strength accessible to everyone. His own journey to CrossFit transformed him from a thin, endurance athlete to a strength-focused athlete, and he helps others make similar transformations in a six-day-a-week schedule of ever-changing classes—or Workouts of the Day. Throughout the week, these workouts revolve to keep participants not only engaged, but to help maximize the building of muscle and shedding of fat so that they stay motivated and on track.
Without a traditional gym's frilly extras, like a smoothie bar or towel-folding robot maid, Owl CrossFit at Emerge Fitness has more room for its guests to pump up during their stripped-down workouts. Patrons work together and encourage one another here, instead of chugging away on individual treadmills, which is what drove coach Chris to CrossFit in the first place. He originally sought community and motivation when he started attending CrossFit classes, and now helms his own as a Level One trainer. He pushes clients of all fitness levels to their maximums during the high-intensity workouts, which are made up of fast-paced functional movements. The workouts change each day, and each movement can be scaled to fit an individual's fitness level, making the challenge accessible to fitness newbies and professional athletes alike.