Trained by Zumba founder Beto Perez, Janet Ackerman has spread the gospel of Zumba worldwide, teaching classes in Chile, Mexico, India, China, and Hong Kong. Back home, she became one of Atlanta’s first Zumba instructors and now shares her fitness passion with hordes of willing participants. ZumbaAtlanta.com offers group dance parties several days a week, helping attendees burn calories through fun, hip-shaking dance steps set to modern Latin music, and offers events such as motivational team building for corporate groups or private Zumba Fitness parties for bachelorettes.
Offbeat exercise gear, a group of friends, and the great outdoors. These are key ingredients in Sweat Atlanta's always-changing, always-challenging boot camp, named Atlanta's best outdoor fitness class in Jezebel Magazine's Best of 2014 issue. Classes incorporate equipment as diverse as weighted sleds, speed parachutes, tires, and combat ropes.?Trainer and ubiquitous local fitness personality Nicholas Jacobs is certified in both personal training and group training, letting him fold?disciplines such as?kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, dance, and circuit training into a high-intensity interval-training format that's adaptable to all fitness levels. "By the end of the workout, you'll have toned all your major muscle groups," Jacobs told the hosts of local TV show The A-List. Aside from boot camps, Sweat Atlanta also offers safe, considerate personal training and fun, high-energy?group classes such as Dance Jam.
Women of all ages and sizes spin, boogie, and laugh within the glamorous, hot-pink confines of Bellissima Studios. Owner and instructor Sharon Gray knows what it's like to feel unconfident in her skin, and she credits self-reflection, faith, and a passion for dance with helping her become "diva-fied." Her own life journey has imbued her with a keen understanding, therefore, of what it's like to be supported by a welcoming community. And so, with fellow instructors Nicole Sullivan and Starr, Sharon cultivates a supportive atmosphere conducive to personal growth and fun.
The trio teaches Zumba, yoga, pole dancing, and Hoopnotic, all of which help clients obliterate calories and tone their bodies, and opens the studio for BYOB, private events. Celebrities, including Chili of TLC, have been spotted at the onsite boutique, mingling with guests.
At Zumba in Tucker, Jessica Bartel—a jock-turned-professional-dancer-turned-wife-and-mother—uses her Zumba certification to share her love of fitness and dance. During classes, she blends dance moves from various styles, including salsa, hip-hop, reggaeton, and belly dance, into fun and challenging dance routines that get hips shaking while students burn calories and have a blast.
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.
The method that lends this studio its name is founded on three pillars: classic Pilates, optimal nutrition, and cardiovascular exercises. The instructors earned their certification through at least 600 hours of training each on Pilates’ various apparatus, from the reformer to the 12-pound spoon. Among them is Mike Roeser, who boasts more than seven years' experience as a personal trainer and a second career as a professional golf instructor. Mike specializes in combining fast-paced cardio with slow-motion, high-intensity muscle-burning exercises. Private and group exercise classes take the form of body-molding Pilates, heart-pumping workouts, and ballet barre sessions. The gym also functions as a health-food outlet, packed with superfoods, verve-pumping juices, and farm-fresh eggs available for preorder.