In business since 2002, All Fired Up owners Jim and Bobbie Drummond share a passion for creating art, whether that?s to transform a white dinner plate into a colorful piece of art or fusing disparate pieces of glass to form a distinct tile. Inside their three studio spaces, the owners encourage a laidback atmosphere, where their customers can unwind while unleashing their inner Rembrandts during drop-in studio times, parties, or date nights with suave paintbrushes.
Jumble Jumps' indoor play center houses a wealth of inflatable structures where children can bounce off the walls to their hearts' content in a fun and safe environment. Bounce houses and slides give youngsters ages 12 and younger the opportunity to fling their frames against, down, and through soft, inflated architecture; obstacle courses present them with a formidably bouncy challenge. Tykes can take a break from jumping to work their way through the daunting levels of kid-friendly video games or to scoop up heaps of toys to later trade for pleated slacks.
The Spa at Women’s Premier Fitness sequesters sinew stress and expunges epidermal encumbrances with a range of soothing spa services designed for ladies only. The premier massage, administered by a licensed and certified massage therapist, consists of a customized rubdown designed to stimulate circulation, melt tension, and settle the mind. For those looking to spruce up externally, the body-glow treatment bastes earthly edifices with organic cane sugar, exotic plant oils, and other essential nutrients. A skilled spa master slathers on a generous coat of vitamin-rich massage oil and then further exfoliates the skin by applying triple-action antioxidant vitamins and microcrystals. After body-glow treatments, guests depart with a restored luster and a smoother surface for microscopic rounds of skin-cell hockey.
Informed by an ever-growing body of developmental research, classes at The Music Class introduce tots to tunes and concepts that boost creativity and listening skills. In Music Pups (a $72 value) courses, children under 4 years of age gleefully sing, dance, and bang away on rudimentary instruments such as the drums or theremin. Four and 5-year-olds learn concepts of tone and rhythm in the Music Cats course (a $77 value), which lets kids experiment with keyboards before defending their dissertations on the narrative redundancies of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Each 45-minute course meets four times in one month-long segment, and includes CDs for parents to play at home to follow up on in-class tutelage. This Groupon may also be used toward The Music Class' ten-week music courses.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Cosmos Fitness, named one of the area?s top 10 fitness centers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, earns its designation by building relationships between patrons and fitness experts in their locally owned and operated gyms. However, its coziness belies the scope of the facilities. Instructors lead the national exercise programs, Zumba and SilverSneakers. In Zumba classes, students shake off pounds to Latin beats, getting a rigorous cardio workout with simple salsa and rumba steps. SilverSneakers courses, meanwhile, tailor their workouts to seniors and include SilverSplash, a pool-based class where students stay afloat with kickboards, rather than by saddling a balloon seahorse.
Cosmos Fitness also powers solo workouts with extensive cardio equipment, free weights, and a team of personal trainers. The sauna and steam room flank an indoor pool where swimmers can hone their breaststroke or chat up the local mer-people. Before workouts, parents can drop their kids at the Marietta location?s childcare center, whose primary-colored decor matches its trove of rainbow-hued toys.