With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
• Gold's Gym in Douglasville; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Douglasville (South); check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Stockbridge; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Dacula; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Lawrenceville; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in McDonough; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Norcross; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Suwanee; check here for the class schedule. • Gold's Gym in Austell; check here for the class schedule.
Inside the CrossFit Locust Grove facility, barbells, jerk boxes, strongman logs, truck tires, and a welcoming group of classmates await any exerciser willing to take the next step in their fitness goals. A crew of committed coaches leads what comes next, namely, Workouts of the Day (WOD). Each WOD comprises functional movements, all performed at high intensity while coaches and classmates shout encouragement. Over time, the WOD targets every major muscle group, which not only sculpts muscles but helps with performance in everyday tasks, such as grinding coffee with a bowling ball. Since the exercises are scalable—meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from beginners to elite athletes—all students who attend can expect to push their own limits in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility.
Zack Marler describes his ADHD as a blessing: Whereas some might be discouraged by the diagnosis, it has fueled him with an unrelenting store of energy and an upbeat attitude that is invaluable in the fitness world. Zack began honing his unending pep at a young age, when his mother had the good sense to encourage the lively youngster to channel his energy toward athletics. Since then, Zack has been involved in martial-arts studios, gymnastics gyms, boot camps, and CrossFit training centers, and he trained for five years in the U.S. Navy. Today, Zack owns and operates CrossFit Essentials, where he continues to infuse his abundance of energy into high-intensity CrossFit classes every day. He and his staff of certified CrossFit trainers guide students through the strenuous CrossFit workouts while doling out nutritional tips and words of encouragement. His studio also offers CrossFit courses for kids, in which children and teenagers engage in creative workouts that aim to hone their athleticism and their ability to hurl unabridged copies of Great Expectations up to 40 feet away. Throughout the week, the gym brings all its members together with family outings, movie nights, and nutrition challenges.
Although Brazilian jujitsu emphasizes grappling techniques and effective chokeholds, the instructors at Smith Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also teach their students how to fight on their feet. During each age-appropriate class, the team combines lessons in strikes and blocks with deft grappling maneuvers to arm their students with the tools to take the fight standing up or go to the mat.
In the eight years that Jay Broxton has worked in the fitness industry, he's trained people from all walks of life—from young kids to professional athletes and celebrities, including Kansas City starter Tank Tyler and newscaster Pam Oliver. Backed by a personal-training certification and a lifetime of athletic experience, Jay captains his own fitness program—Body That Works—where he joins fellow fitness instructors to lead clients though comprehensive boot-camp or personal-training workouts that combine cardio with strength-training and TRX-training techniques. Committed to battling youth obesity, Jay also conducts a variety of youth athletic training programs designed to prepare students for upcoming athletic seasons or full-contact chess tournaments.