With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Inside a studio heated 95–100 degrees, students sweat out their doubts as they flow through a set of 26 interconnected poses that unlock their inner potential. While a scene like this may seem ripped from the comics, the secret training regimen of an elite fighting force, it’s just business as usual for the trainers at Hot Yoga and Wellness Center Kennesaw. Leading four to five 60- to 90-minute classes each day, instructors tap into time-tested Eastern techniques that enhance flexibility, improve circulation, and flush toxins. After class, guests can savor a tea or espresso in the lobby while browsing the facility’s stock of nutritional supplements, which use natural materials to bolster bodies more effectively than a treadmill made entirely out of apple cores.
Shannon Gosk has a license to dance. In her Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumbatomic sessions, she guides her fitness students towards better bodies in a fun atmosphere. Her high-energy cardio classes use dance moves to shape the body, shimmying guests through intermittent rhythms that act as interval training. Unlike fitness classes that urge movement by releasing packs of hungry ferrets, Shannon’s classes often blend gyrating, pelvic circling, and hip shaking maneuvers to create a total-body workout. To keep abreast of prevailing fitness knowledge, she attends various Zumba conventions, and even got the change to meet Beto Perez, the founder of Zumba.
Inspire Fitness’s owner, Deron Singh, is an ACE- and NASM-certified personal trainer who works to help his clients overcome their own limitations and achieve results. In personal-training and boot-camp sessions, he guides clients through a variety of exercises such as weight lifting and bodyweight exercise designed to help tone muscles, burn fat, and improve stamina and flexibility. Deron backs his 30-day specialized training and nutrition program with a money-back guarantee—if clients aren’t satisfied with their results, he promises to refund them and let them keep their customized nutrition plans.
Isudu students are like water—agile, responsive, and able to adapt to any situation they encounter. The passionate trainers at Isudu preach preparation, focus, and mental discipline as they help everyday people and athletes alike reach their fitness and performance goals. Trainers also help participants shave off pounds and tone their body through cross-training, boot camp, and personal-training sessions.
Students should bring: water, towel, mat
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot