At Adrenaline Gx, a staff of certified trainers teach a wide range of classes, including CrossFit, yoga, and boot camps. The team packs its private studio with suspension-training equipment and free weights, as well as leads group strength-and-conditioning classes in their fenced-off fusion cage replete with joint-cushioning green turf.
The gym has joined forces with a variety of local wellness centers, such as Venice Nutrition, where expert coaches enlighten gym members with nutrition tips and meal plans, while shepherding them away from misleading yo-yo diets and wedding cakes that have been disguised as very large cans of boiled asparagus.
With 80 classes per week in a wide array of martial arts, Team Octopus has something for everybody. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, fitness kickboxing, boxing, and strength and conditioning are all daily options; classes welcome students of all abilities and experience levels.
In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in locations around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their child learns to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of preschool knitting circles.
Young Chefs Academy provides a fun, safe, and motivating environment for kids to become acquainted with the art of food and food presentation. Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette, safety, table setting, proper food handling, and more in youngsters who are growing up in a world full of laser can openers and pasta rakes. Classes vary at each location and educate a variety of age groups—with specially catered classes for the kindergarten elite (ages 3–5) and junior line cooks (around ages 6–11)—about basic food-prep skills for nutritional meals. Senior flambéists (teens and tweens) are offered advanced classes that dig deeper into kitchen secrets and hone specific skills and techniques that expand the parameters of cooking creativity. Check out the respective schedules for North Druid Hills, Sandy Springs, and Duluth to see what appeals to you.
Blueprint To Success helps aspiring musicians expand their knowledge and reach their mellifluous goals. Brass instrument lessons instill the basics in kids as young as 5. The private lessons also cover such subjects as sound recording, soundproofing, and business aspects of the music industry. Once musicians feel ready to show off the fruits of their labor, Blueprint To Success offers recording sessions as well as lyric-writing assistance and vocal training.
Cosmos Fitness, named one of the area’s top 10 fitness centers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, earns its designation by building relationships between patrons and fitness experts in their locally owned and operated gyms. However, its coziness belies the scope of the facilities. Instructors lead the national exercise programs, Zumba and SilverSneakers. In Zumba classes, students shake off pounds to Latin beats, getting a rigorous cardio workout with simple salsa and rumba steps. SilverSneakers courses, meanwhile, tailor their workouts to seniors and include SilverSplash, a pool-based class where students stay afloat with kickboards, rather than by saddling a balloon seahorse.
Cosmos Fitness also powers solo workouts with extensive cardio equipment, free weights, and a team of personal trainers. The sauna and steam room flank an indoor pool where swimmers can hone their breaststroke or chat up the local mer-people. Before workouts, parents can drop their kids at the Marietta location’s childcare center, whose primary-colored decor matches its trove of rainbow-hued toys.