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.
Organized under the motto, "Putting the people back in people skills," L.A. Say Inc. teaches its students how to excel at interpersonal relations. A published author and trainer, founder Tameka Anderson designs all of the company's programs using her background in criminal justice to infuse each lesson with an imaginative focus on honing interpersonal relationships. Aside from its consulting services, L.A. Say Inc. also organizes kids' theater classes, during which younger students learn how to interact through teamwork and imagination, giving them a welcome distraction from adolescent antics such as launching notes at classmates with slingshots.
The mission of Absolute Fitness extends beyond helping visitors stay in shape. In addition to offering personal training and group fitness classes, the facility hosts dance lessons blending jazz and ballet. Martial arts classes for kids and adults teach self-defense and provide attendees with helpful advice on wearing colored belts. An onsite massage therapist helps athletes keep their bodies in top form with Swedish and deep-tissue massages as well as reflexology treatments.