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.
To date, 463 is the number of pounds that Pure Energy Fitness founder Cynthia Florence has helped her clients lose, and it's still growing. Weight loss has been a passion of Cynthia's ever since she spent years struggling with her own health and weight issues. As a certified personal trainer, nutritional specialist, and holistic health coach, she shares her knowledge with anyone hoping to improve their overall quality of life.
Cynthia's fellow instructors at Pure Energy Fitness also lend their expertise via one-on-one personal training and group fitness classes. The latter includes core-strengthening workouts, Piloxing's blend of muscle-toning Pilates and boxing techniques, and cardio-intensive Zumba sessions, which use simple dance choreography and energetic Latin music to get hearts pumping.
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.
Like the concept of yin and yang, Be Yoga is composed of two contrasting halves. The front room stays at 75 degrees, and the back room reaches a toasty 95 degrees, which helps bodies release toxins and sink deeply into stretches. In these two rooms, certified instructors lead yoga classes in styles ranging from yin yoga, which keeps poses relaxed and on the ground, to Baptiste power yoga, which blends breathing exercises with energetic, flowing movements.
The Be Yoga yogis also train aspiring teachers, who must prove their mettle in a 200-hour course and rescue a princess to receive certification by Yoga Alliance. Reaching out beyond the studio, Be Yoga aids Strong Woman—a volunteer-based program that supports women and children in need—with yoga classes, meals, and donations.
Shannon Gosk has a license to dance. In her Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumbatomic sessions, she guides her fitness students towards better bodies in a fun atmosphere. Her high-energy cardio classes use dance moves to shape the body, shimmying guests through intermittent rhythms that act as interval training. Unlike fitness classes that urge movement by releasing packs of hungry ferrets, Shannon’s classes often blend gyrating, pelvic circling, and hip shaking maneuvers to create a total-body workout. To keep abreast of prevailing fitness knowledge, she attends various Zumba conventions, and even got the change to meet Beto Perez, the founder of Zumba.
At Push Harder Fitness, owner and personal trainer Lisette has curated a calendar of intense dance-fitness classes designed to deliver complete and engaging workouts. Classes, which can be taken on a drop-in basis or through unlimited monthly memberships, include Zumba, hip-hop fitness, and kickboxing, as well as a custom four-week boot camp created by Lisette that incorporates nutritional counseling and motivational training.