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.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, pull-up stations, jerk boxes, rowers, and bikes
Students should bring: Water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Schedule a private session prior to joining class.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
People usually quit because they do not feel as if they know what they are doing or they get bored with what they are doing. Our teaching program and pace are designed to conquer many reasons for exercise dropout.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
A lack of knowledge and understanding of what to expect from the body when you do begin working out. Frustration sets in, and when you do not have a schedule or system for exercise you won't exercise.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Community and gym social life is a big deal in the CrossFit world. Classes are programmed for cool-down techniques and catching up. We teach stretching, foam rolling, mobility and all sorts of self-massage and care for our worked out bodies.
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.
Sacred Garden Yoga founder Cindy Olah discovered a love for nature growing up in Peru. She’s fused that passion with yoga instruction by leading retreats in the mountains of North Georgia, North Carolina, and back home in Peru. Whether outdoors or within her pastel-green workout studio, Cindy and fellow instructors lead non-competitive sessions that foster lifelong friendships. Their group, private, and prenatal sessions emphasize proper body alignment and breath work. Students can also discover healing with reiki and reflexology treatments and workshops on subjects such as meditation and painless band-aid removal.
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.