Originating from Belize, Jonnie Williams already had the Latin rhythms that fuel Zumba workouts coursing through her veins when she discovered the exercise form in 2007. She fell so much in love with Zumba that before the year was out, she decided to become an instructor. Having achieved that status, she started Jonnie’s Wellness Group to spread the hip-swiveling, cardio-centric dancercise across Atlanta. Williams, however, views Zumba as more than just a class—she views it as a community. She often spends time with students outside of her weekday night classes, sharing meals with them or attending dance events.
Recently, Williams added full-body-conditioning Sculpt and Tone classes to the group's repertoire, which uses intense interval training to transmute flesh into muscle, the very alchemical secret that plagued Isaac Newton his entire life.
Renee and Cintron know firsthand that it's not enough to simply bring your body to the gym. An effective workout should be driven by positive energy, not a sense of weary obligation. And, ever since losing weight with a Zumba fitness regimen, Cintron has tried to spread this outlook through festive dance.
The instructors lead invigorating classes at RC Fitnez Studio, transforming exercise into a celebratory event. Their Zumba sessions teach groups intuitive dance moves that match up to Latin and world music. On certain Saturdays, students even come together for Zumba dance parties, a better way to socialize and shed pounds than bench-pressing your blind date. Cintron also hosts Power X 15 classes, which tone muscles with strength-based routines. Specialty classes on the schedule can vary, but may include offerings such as Turbo Kick kickboxing and Identities of Hip Hop.
Trainer Mario Miller sees health as an all-encompassing part of life. As owner of One Three Fitness Training, he largely emphasizes physical exercise as the main avenue to wellness, leading personal-training sessions, boot camps, and other small-group fitness sessions. But Mario also recognizes nutrition as an inextricable aspect of health; that's why he helps his clients devise nutritious meal plans.
Before they can charge fearlessly toward a wall of flames, firefighters must ensure their bodies are up to the challenge. Cue Firefighter Fitness LLC, a boot camp devised by two firemen (and personal trainers) and used by their fellow firefighters. Workouts are inspired by real emergency situations, relying on actual firefighting equipment to sculpt and tone muscles and enabling exercisers to rescue an ocelot stuck in a tree.
Since 2000, Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp owner David Nash has been fine-tuning his fitness-coaching expertise along with a trained staff. In addition to picking up certifications in health and physical education, nutrition, first aid, and other areas, the certified personal trainer has also honed specialties in athletic performance and the biomechanics of human movement. Keith Lawson, head trainer at the Smyrna location, draws from a background of participating in six sports through high school and a degree in exercise science.
At Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp, the staff shares its fitness training and nutritional-guidance expertise with students during indoor boot-camp sessions. During classes, students go through a variety of workouts from walking lunges to relay races and partner team pushups.
The name is no joke. The nationally certified trainers at Intensity Body Training pour on the challenges and push clients to perform increasingly difficult exercises until they reach their fitness goals.
But not because they’re mean.
Far from it. The trainers at Intensity are also life coaches. They understand that each client’s body works differently. That’s why Intensity’s boot camps, fitness workshops, and personal training sessions are fueled by encouragement and positive reinforcement instead of the intimidation and screaming tactics associated with boot camps and Thanksgiving. Staff members strive to instill a can-do attitude, adjusting exercises to accommodate virtually every level of fitness.