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Head Instructor Jim McKinley calls upon his certifications as a Level 3 United States Golf Teachers Federation Instructor and US Army Master Fitness Trainer to help students take control of their swings and improve their scores. Jim starts lessons by assessing a player’s grip, posture, and alignment at setup, which are the building blocks of a tasty stew and a fundamental golf swing. Teachers and pupils then focus on the mechanics of the swing, with the students performing drills and exercises that help remedy problem areas. Students may also use training aides to lock in muscle memory so that the muscles learn the different benefits of swinging and twirling the club. Jim understands that while stance and swing mechanics can be addressed on the driving range, the less tangible aspects of club selection and golf-course management cannot. He helps students with these principles by playing a round with them, and offers a 50% refund to any student who can beat him.

5271 Whitehaven Park Ln. SE
Mableton,
Georgia
US

Step It Up Fitness’s immersive signature boot-camp program engages patrons in nutrition counseling and motivating group training that SmyrnaVinings.com lauded as the area's best boot camp in 2010. Four days a week, campers gather before dawn for 70 minutes of rotating agility drills, strength exercises, and calisthenics fueled by a trainer's ardent cheers.

After trainers test each participant's athletic mettle, they assign them to a team of similarly able bodies or similarly bodied androids. Group accountability and sweaty camaraderie knit these crews together to help their members build confidence as well as lithe, powerful physiques. An accompanying nutrition program extends camp support through mealtime, doling out personalized plans rooted in the food pyramid. Athletes log meals and resultant adventures in Slumberland in a journal to share with their instructors, who use the data to make recommendations for increasing energy and meeting fitness goals. In addition to its boot-camp classes, Step It Up Fitness hosts weeklong speed and agility classes for youths that are led by a staff of experienced certified instructors.

1 Whitefield Dr. SE
Mableton,
Georgia
US

The ASE-certified technicians at Mableton Auto Center & Towing draw on nearly two decades' worth of experience as they fix up automotive issues that span from front bumper to rear exhaust. Their know-how applies to all makes and models of car, truck, or SUV—including foreign and domestic vehicles as well as cars still researching their family trees. When a vehicle arrives at the facility, the team immediately assesses the issues at-hand via both computer-assisted and manual diagnostics. This combination allows them form an accurate opinion about what kind of attention the car needs, from transmission rebuilds to collision repairs to brake services.

710 Veterans Memorial Highway Southwest
Mableton,
GA
US

Though many people consider playing an instrument to be a lovely skill or hobby, the team at Dean Music Institute looks at it a bit differently. That’s because after a quarter century spent creating and teaching music, they have seen how learning to play an instrument improves both the player’s creativity and brain function, resulting in better test scores, memory, and decision-making skills. They also understand that students will reap the most benefits if they enjoy their courses of study. And so, when instructors lead group sessions in guitar or private lessons in piano, bass, or guitar, they set realistic goals in short assignments and dive into popular songs that students actually want to learn how to play. For those too busy to make it into the studio, they also offer lessons over Skype, and flash classes see instructors and students holding impromptu jam sessions at cafés, bars, shopping centers, and parking-ticket-violation hearings to share a love of artistic expression with the public.

5840 Cobblestone Creek Cir
Mableton,
GA
US

Nail artisans at Art's Nails and Orchid Nails lavish attention on fingers and toes by filing and polishing their keratinous ornaments in indulgent mani-pedis. In the regular mani-pedi, deft fingers buff nail surfaces until they gleam; the deluxe digit makeover adds a sea-salt scrub that pampers skin like the warm caress of a friendly anemone, as well as a paraffin dunking that grants skin silky smoothness and a callus treatment that transforms hardened soles into attractive foot pillows. While reclining in the comfort of the salon's cozy pedicure chairs, relaxed guests can rest assured that their fingers and toes will be kept dexterous enough to thumb wrestle a stenographer. For an additional $15, customers may upgrade to gel nails with either option.

1435 Highlands Ridge Rd SE
Smyrna,
GA
US

Curry Curry Thai wraps snouts in an aromatic spread of handpicked spices and pleases bellies with market-fresh vegetables and proteins served in traditional Thai style. Both the Smyrna and Marietta menus kick-start meals with appetizers including satay chicken, skewers of grilled, marinated chicken buttressed by peanut sauce and cucumber salad ($5.95 for five), and fresh-basil rolls, rice paper wrappers filled with shrimp and veggies ($3.95 for two). Curries, noodles, and fried rice dishes make filling entree options for vacant stomachs or empty fanny packs. Scoop up a bundle of pineapple fried rice—a vibrant potpourri of pineapple, onion, beans, carrots, black pepper, and curry powder ($7.95 for lunch, $9.95 for dinner)—or lap up a bowl of red curry—a mixture of coconut milk, bamboo shoots, and red and green bell peppers ($6.95 for lunch, $8.95 for dinner)—in an effort to prove dominance over utensils.

1385 Highlands Ridge Rd SE
Smyrna,
GA
US

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