Barb, Debbie, and Anita help ladies feel and look their best from the inside out at Fitness Spa, sticking to the spa's stated goal of producing "healthy bodies, strong friendships, and happy spirits!" A springy, joint-friendly floor hosts about a dozen fitness classes a week, including perennial favorites such as Zumba and Pilates. An instructor with personal training experience or official Zumba certifications oversees each sessions, providing expert advice and motivation to students of all ability levels. If muscles are sore after a class, students can unwind in the soothing embrace of a thermal body wrap. In addition to promoting healthy insides, Fitness Spa also values healthy-looking outsides; the spa's own organic spray tan solution helps show off newly toned limbs.
Stephanie Jones began her athletic career as a bodybuilder in 2003, but it wasn’t until First Lady Michelle Obama asked communities to band together to help each other live healthier lifestyles that Stephanie decided to pitch in and start her own fitness business. With many of the training techniques that allowed her to compete as a professional bodybuilder, Stephanie designs outdoor boot camps that burn calories and tone muscles. Additionally, she gets bodies working at peak performance with meal planning and nutritional counseling. For clients who want one-on-one help, she constructs individualized regimens, or motivates people during the 90-Day Challenge that transforms them into buffer versions of themselves.
Sharika Murrell, the workout diva behind Workout Diva Fitness, draws on her experience as a US Navy veteran and fitness leader and instructor at her gym. Murrell and her staff of personal trainers build healthy exercise and nutrition programs for their clients, including Zumba, boot-camp, and circuit-training workouts.
There’s a photoshoot at the start and finish of each four-week fitness boot-camps at South West Atlanta Training Fitness. The before-and-after snapshot works as a document of proof that shows just how hard exerciser has worked in that timeframe to lose pounds and tone muscle. Each week, certified trainer Rashad McDade leads intense workouts that focus on high-intensity interval training. He splits students into different groups based on skill level, which ensures beginners, experts, and robocops all remain appropriately challenged. These group workouts form the core for South West Atlanta Training Fitness, but Mr. McDade also works with clients during personal training and sports conditioning sessions.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape—she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in TRX group suspension training, Schwinn cycling, and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today, she acts as program director of Boot Camp Revolution and Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 12 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Da'Mon Mayers, second-generation yogi Heather Ambrosi, and Basheerah Ahmad. Basheerah has worked with other elite trainers like Jillian Michaels and has worked out celebs like Carrie Underwood and Vivica A. Fox. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of TRX suspension training, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Go Hard Bootcamp pushes participants toward personal wellness with a curriculum rooted in strength training and cardiovascular endurance. The indoor and outdoor classes cater to all fitness levels, inviting both bodybuilders and sofa security guards to benefit from the instruction. Under the encouraging guidance of the boot camp’s trainers, exercisers aim to oust fat and replace it with lean, toned muscle mass and boosted self-esteem. Go Hard Bootcamp clients also benefit from the camaraderie of exercising with fellow health-seekers, as they perform the tough routines and occasionally burst into four-part harmonies of “Eye of the Tiger.”