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The first person at Chattahoochee Gold Swim to exemplify the attributes of determination and tenacity so highly valued by coach Pat Murphy, the club's founder, was not a swimmer, nor did the character-defining event occur near the water. The person in question was a hard-working landscaper, who—though he had only one arm—approached his work with an unbridled passion that coach Murphy couldn’t help but admire. Keeping the landscaper ever in his mind, Pat—with the help of his team of coaches and instructors—strives to impart a similar sense of commitment, integrity, and inspiration in swimmers of all ages via a host of lessons, programs, and swim meets.

Throughout the year, the crew of coaches can be found in the pool and on the deck helming fun and educational lessons for students of all levels. The introductory parent-tot program teaches first-time swimmers the basics of water safety, and the swim league grants kids the opportunity to meet for weekly practices in a noncompetitive environment, free of the middive thumb wars often associated with competitive programs. Along with lessons and classes, Chattahoochee Gold Swim offers fitness programs, such as water aerobics, to help participants streamline their physiques.

103 Arnold Mill Rd
Woodstock,
GA
US

Swimming, football, basketball, tennis, and golf are all very different sports, requiring very different skills. But at Mclimited4Sports, coach and accomplished athlete Johnny Mcclenton—who has spent time in NBA organizations and as a member of the Junior Davis Cup team—schools young athletes in each of the above sports by boiling things down to the basics and focusing on fundamentals. During basketball lessons, for instance, Coach Johnny has students practice ball handling and defense; during golf lessons, they work on posture and balance. Coach Johnny strives to keeps his curriculum flexible, and puts an emphasis on maintaining a personal connection with his students to better understand their goals and aspirations.

3323 Woodlaurel Drive
Snellville,
GA
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Although each of the seven Just Fitness 4U locations has its own distinctions?such as the Lawrenceville location's 24/7 hours or the Marietta location's 25,000 sq. ft. facility and marble lobby?they more or less share the same tools for getting in shape. For starters, each is furnished with state-of-the-art Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, which can be used or lifted to increase strength. Moreover, the facilities have a team of certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors who lead one-on-one workouts and fitness classes such Pilates, Zumba, yoga, and spinning, respectively.

2314 Henry Clower Blvd
Snellville,
GA
US

Piedmont Park preserves the luxury of yesteryear. Designed in the late 1800s, the park's facilities have withstood the test of time with recreational halls that reflect the simplicity of its lush landscapes, and wetlands. Over the past 20 years, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has restored the park to its historic natural beauty, transforming a dilapidated space into a frequented green space. A slew of activities engage the community with outdoor programs ranging from environmental day camps to team sports such as soccer and softball. Park tours explore the history of the neighborhood and the weekly Green Market whets appetites with fresh produce from local farmers and thieving rabbits.

1320 Monroe Drive Northeast
Atlanta,
GA
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Equipment: Johnny G Spinner/Keiser cycles, aqua jogger belts, water aerobic equipment

Students should bring: Water

Average class length: Two hours

Number of Staff: 1?5

Class location: Outdoors only

Established: 2011

Registration required: No

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Q&A with Saidah Kinerman, Instructor/Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

I offer a variety of different exercises to meet all fitness levels. I believe the most important thing is self efficacy. It is my goal that everyone participating in class will be able to complete at least one exercise well. There is also a lot of peer support from other class members and encouragement from the instructor.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?

Definitely, most of the music that is played in class is pop and today's top hits. Mainly upbeat current tunes.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

This class combines cycling with core routines and high intensity water workouts. I relocated from California where fitness fusion is common. This class is offered in the world-renowned Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta, is convenient, and offers a total body workout.

1071 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta,
GA
US

Whether he's training a celebrity for an upcoming role in an action film or helping a client lose weight, Joey Dillon is poised to challenge and motivate. It's a role the personal trainer first took on in high school, when he would assist his fellow football players in reaching their fitness goals. Now the owner of STATUS Athletic Club travels to his company's locations in LA, Miami, New York, and Atlanta to oversee the various programs he's established and personally train clients.

Clients will find plenty to do to jump-start their fitness routines or maintain their physiques. They can simultaneously strengthen muscles and self-defense skills during Brazilian jujitsu and muay thai kickboxing classes; fortify their cores and postures in Pilates sessions; and trick themselves into working out during upbeat Zumba classes. They can also meet with nutritionists to create meal plans that will help them shed unwanted pounds?or relinquish stress and muscle aches during massages and chiropractic appointments.

2870 PEACHTREE RD NW STE 228
Atlanta,
GA
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