Bodyplex Fitness boasts a 28,500-square-foot facility, equipped with group classes, modern equipment, and personal trainers to whip burgeoning muscle mavens into shape. Health-hunters can attend three selections from a schedule of more than 50 classes, slurp down a complimentary smoothie from the in-house bar, test out a bevy of Life Fitness and Precor cardio equipment, and train for spontaneous, t-shirt-tearing flex-offs in the free-weight area (a $44 value). Meanwhile enjoy body-pampering amenities such as a 30-minute massage (a $45 value) and unlimited 30-day access to the 200-watt tanning systems (a $33 value).
Kids like to play in boxes because their imaginations can transform them into anything: a room in a castle, a spaceship, a grand operating theater. The coaches at PPF Crossfit and Bootcampcall their gym a box because they, too, take the largely empty space and use it however their imaginations see fit. They create new workouts every day, adding gymnastics together with weight lifting or spicing up classic wind sprints with swinging Russian kettlebells. This variety keeps muscles from adapting too well to any one exercise, forcing them to work hard and burn calories at all times.
Instructors lead more than just CrossFit's typical Workouts of the Day, though. They run obstacle courses that aim to push students both physically and mentally. They also teach kids' classes, which help tykes strengthen their bodies for sports and outdoor activities.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Former Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, Jim Goergen has guided the game improvement of students ranging from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Whether coaching a first-time player, US Amateur Champion and PGA professional Matt Kuchar, or a sentient 6-iron, Jim seeks to hone what he calls the game’s true fundamentals. Boiled down to their most essential components, good swing mechanics consist of a single-plane swing of the club shaft, a square clubface through impact, and an athletic movement to make them happen in unison. All other variables, such as grip, posture, and takeaway, can only enhance the true fundamentals. Additionally, Jim places a great deal of emphasis on the short game, where the average golfer can make the largest improvements in number of strokes and number of putters saved from an angry knee smash.
At Karate Atlanta, students as young as 4 develop physical coordination and build deep stores of self-confidence during Tiny Tigers and Juniors classes.?Once they've graduated to adult classes, students aged 13 and older learn to protect themselves through ancient martial-arts?techniques.?All classes take place in a?safe,?positive learning environment, and the school even offers specialty programs that focus on goals such as dealing with bullying or developing awareness of strangers.?