From the comforts of her spacious, sun-soaked fitness center, certified personal trainer Christi leads a variety of energetic workouts, including personal training sessions, small group training sessions, ab-centric classes, cardio sessions, and boot camps that incorporate elements of multiple workout styles. Because Christi believes strongly in the power of group workouts, her classes typically provide a friendly, team-like atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to support one other on the journey toward fitness milestones and away from competitive eating contests.
Connected to C3 Church, C3 Fitness is a community-oriented exercise facility with fitness programs for the whole family. Its signature class, C3 Xtreme, encourages competition—but only between athletes and their previous personal bests. The rigorous class centers on high-intensity interval training and power lifting, with other conditioning and strength work mixed in. Complementary workout classes range from yoga and Pilates sessions, which build lean muscle and flexibility, to FitKid programs, designed for ages 4–12. Patrons can also drop their kids at onsite childcare during their workouts to prevent them from begging for a pet treadmill. Other amenities, such as an online exercise and nutrition tracker, further enhance fitness regimens.
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.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
Getting into shape typically requires a significant lifestyle change, something Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp's owner Montrell Wallace knows all about. He had been working as an electrical engineer for nearly four years when he decided to become a fitness instructor. His degree and years of schooling surely made the decision difficult, but he was committed to his passion, ultimately becoming an NSCA-certified personal trainer and an NESTA-certified adventure boot-camp trainer with specialties such as women's weight loss.
At Gwinnett County Adventure Boot Camp, he and his team of supportive coaches secure a fun and noncompetitive environment where students can make significant lifestyle changes of their own. Wallace and company's outdoor boot camps blend core exercises, sprints, jump roping, hiking, and obstacle courses into one constantly changing workout that is designed for all fitness levels. In addition to toning torsos and turning abs into tic-tac-toe boards, they also offer nutritional counseling.