Emily and Dustin Napier have many shared loves—including their fitness studio: Get Fit Now. Both Emily and Dustin are personal trainers and weight-loss specialists who channel their expertise into fast-paced, fat-burning workouts. The Get Fit Now instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals and lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training. They keep sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. The 45-minute sessions eschew typical machines, such as treadmills and tricycles. Instead, they center on more whimsical fitness tools, such as trampolines. Instructors provide nutritional guidance and personalized meal plans complement the workouts to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their fitness goals.
Terri "The Boss" Moss knows a thing or two about motivation. The former narcotics investigator was 33 years old when she slipped on her first pair of boxing gloves, but her late arrival to the ring did nothing to prevent her from taking the fighting world by storm. She entered the professional circuit about two years later, and racked up five world-title bouts in three separate weight divisions during her nine-year career. After defeating Stephanie Dobbs—13 years her junior—in 2007 to become the Intercontinental Strawweight title-holder, the champ soon retired and founded Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, a charity boxing show that trains everyday folks from the business world while raising money for local causes.
Today, Moss continues to prove it's never too late to suit up for battle, teaching boxing lessons for wannabe professionals and weekend warriors alike in her own gym, Buckhead Fight Club. The graffiti-strewn space, which opened in May 2013, hosts boxing, taekwondo, and yoga classes, as well as on-site massages that help boxers relax enough to finally unclench their fists.
One-hour swing-analysis lessons are one-on-one sessions led by Edwin Watts' knowledgeable instructors, who have years of teaching and competing experience hidden beneath their pleats. Students first showcase their swings in front of a video camera, then a human-and-laser-hybrid team analyzes grip, setup, backswing, and downswing to reveal exactly where and when pendulums started hanging out with the wrong crew of slices, hooks, and hamsters. Next, trainers attempt to correct students' swinging problems with personal instruction and a pinch of pixie dust.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
In 1992, Atlanta Kick opened as a karate dojo, teaching martial arts with an emphasis on respect, physical fitness, and discipline. By 2000, the certified trainers at Atlanta Kick had punched through the wooden planks blocking them from bringing their studio to the next level of fitness by adding boot camps. Now, 13 years later, Atlanta Kick is bigger and stronger than ever. They still teach karate classes for children and adults, but they’ve added a slew of hard-hitting fitness classes to keep their boot camps company, including CrossFit, self-defense, and kickboxing. Certified trainers help motivate clients to blast through workout plateaus.
A floating floor cushions heels at Daza Dance Ballroom Academy while overhead bulbs that shine like stars illuminate a flurry of foot tapping and twirling. Inside the spacious Buckhead studio, students set to work mastering the cha-cha in group classes, dipping a partner in private sessions, or choreographing a memorable first wedding dance. Professional instructors oversee lessons and participate in dance parties, which, unlike solitary-confinement cells, foster a social atmosphere to practice new moves.