At CrossFit IV, NASM-certified personal trainer Archie Brown and fellow trainer Matt Cook introduce CrossFit's functional exercises to nearly all ages. Their CrossFit Kids program welcomes children as young as 3 and their adult program welcomes grown-ups as old as 147. Both programs revolve around CrossFit's daily workout. Depending on the day, the workout may include rope climbs, pull-ups, dead lifts, box jumps, or the tyke-size version of box jumps—hopping on a short stack of weights. With both CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certifications, Brown and Cook know exactly what they're doing when coordinating classes.
Droege's ATA Martial Arts employs small classes, a friendly environment, and expert instructors to teach self-defense skills from around the world. Derived from Israeli street-fighting techniques and currently taught to members of the Israeli army, Krav Maga preserves personal safety with a system of defensive tactics built on quick, instinctive strikes. In addition to training students ages16 and up to ward off attackers via realistic training scenarios, each class is a high-energy workout that builds strength and dispatches calories by swiftly knocking the fattening guns from their tiny hands. Classes are scheduled four days a week, and students can linger after class to hoist barbells in Droege's weight room.
With high-energy, dance-infused routines, Envision Dance Academy's Zumba classes whittle waistlines and blast away calories within a fun, aerobic setting. Marble-sculpted instructors craft a schedule of easy-to-follow Zumba routines, drawing on choreography from Latin dances, such as salsa and merengue, for a high-octane cardio workout that trounces exercise apathy and nullifies excuses for remaining seated at wedding receptions. Set to fast-paced Latin music, each 60-minute fitness fiesta (a $5/class value) welcomes exercisers of all ages, sizes, and skill levels to whirl around the studio floor like a highly caffeinated Taz.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
The experienced instructors of Primary Fitness welcome students of all ages to participate in a fitness curriculum that accommodates a variety of fitness goals. A weekly schedule details a large slate of Zumba classes, with different skill levels aimed at children 4-12, experienced exercisers, or active, older adults. Other group class options include expressive dance—in which children explore movement and choreography—or hip-hop dancing. The studio also offers pole fitness classes, allowing those beginning and advanced to explore a full-body workout with choreographed routines.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.