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.
Founder and director Lauren “Miss LaLa” McBride stirs inspiration in artists of all ages at her triple-pronged studio focused on the visual, musical, and theatrical arts. Painters, illustrators, potters, and wannabe fashion designers can all find a class to suit them, and for younger artists, M.A.D.—or Music and Arts Development—Mondays foster creativity in kids from the cradle through elementary school. In the theater department, the studios' pint-size play-actors have put on such shows as The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Little Mermaid. Miss LaLa rounds out her programming with fitness classes such as yoga and fencing, preparing kids for Hamlet and Laertes' famous asana duel.
The staff at CityFIT's spacious personal and group training gym offer customized attention to help clients reach their fitness goals. Here, certified personal trainers help gym-goers lose weight, tone up, or simply get stronger using a combination of cardio and strength-training moves, while group-fitness instructors lead high-energy boot camp, mat Pilates, and cardio kickboxing sessions. Students dance away calories during upbeat Zumba classes, or relax while gaining flexibility during flowing Vinyasa yoga sessions. With classes every day of the week and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, CityFIT is a welcoming place for clients to challenge themselves to get fit or their evil doppelgangers to arm-wrestle.
Marietta Princess adds a magical quality to children's parties with guest appearances from classic princess characters. Little ones will squeal with delight as one of seven fairytale favorites, including Cinderella, Ariel, and Rapunzel, gracefully whisks into the room dressed in full costume, toting gifts such as magic wands or seashell necklaces. The standard party package features a royal visit, in which the princess will host rounds of singing and dancing that would make the Lollipop Guild green with envy. The deluxe version, meanwhile, is a two-hour affair, complete with a tea party, cupcakes and ice cream, and a photographer to capture the gleeful memories.
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.