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
Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
Safe, comfortable spinal adjustment is Ballard Chiropractic Clinic’s bread and butter. The clinic treats scoliosis, pinched nerves, and subluxation, among other conditions, and specializes in helping patients recover from auto accidents. However, chiropractic services are far from the practice’s sole healing treatment. After adjustments, clients can maintain the soothing effects at home with customized exercises learned in-office. Alternatively, lifestyle coaching and nutritional counseling teach patrons which activities and foods to steer clear of and which to embrace for optimum wellness. For some extra doting, they can opt for a paraffin bath, moist-heat therapy, or massage.
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.
The students at West Cobb Martial Arts know that a fight isn't won with a series of memorized punches and kicks. That's because they learn how to apply each goju-ryu karate technique to a real-life situation. While their instructor imparts wisdom gained from more than a decade of experience, they build strength and coordination. Trim waistlines lead to bolstered confidence, and longer attention spans make it possible to read all the way to the end of recipes, avoiding any future birthday-cake tragedies.