Street Studio's specialized instructors blend dynamic cardio workouts with street- and world-dance styles, garnering press attention from Fox and CBS as they help students boogie toward toned physiques. Each week, instructors host more than 15 Zumba and Flirty Girl Fitness courses, which impart a repertoire of musically synced moves for attendees to twirl off unwanted calories and koalas clinging to upper arms. Coach gams in ballet, tap, and jazz daytime dance programs, or, under the tutelage of renowned instructor Jimmy Rumba during Tuesday Night Salsa School, harness the power of spicy shimmies. Each salsa student receives a bachata or cha-cha bonus in each class and a salsa practice CD. Morning fitness classes pose participants into yoga and Pilates tableaus, while kickboxing courses prepare legs to knock out doors and back-talking drywalls. Bodies jive atop the dance studio's hardwood floors in view of bright graffiti murals and a glimmering disco ball.
Alternatively, the pole program imparts spinning techniques that strive to boost core strength and confidence. The intimate Wild Orchid pole studio pairs visitors with one of five poles for highly personalized lessons, divulging spiraling maneuvers and advanced tips for high-speed routines aboard carousels.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cooldown exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
Two Wheel Adventures owner Chris Carr's love of motorcycles has driven him to adventures including becoming the 2011 AHRMA Middleweight Superbike National Champion, careening into authordom with Street Riding Secrets, and bestowing his knowledge of motorcycle handling on budding enthusiasts with a series of introductory classes. Together with a team of moto-enthusiasts, he leads courses that run the gamut from two-hour introductions to motorcycling or scooter skills to two-day basic riding courses, motorcycle street-savvy sessions, and licensing courses. For certain courses, students can borrow one of the motorcycles from Two Wheel Adventures' stable of 250cc Kawasaki Ninjas, Honda Nighthawks, and Yamaha XTs, rather than scrounging up a borrowed bike or attaching a motor to a unicycle.
Mike Moreland's portfolio bursts apart at the seams with the work of more than 15 years in architecture, fashion, and advertising photography. The award-winning photographer's three-hour workshops, typically lead by two–four expert shutterbugs, teach neophytes and hobbyists the tricks and tools to snap professional-grade shots. After 45 minutes of instruction, students spend just over two hours honing their burgeoning skills, capturing images on their own DSLRs or with a chisel and stone tablet. Guests walk out of the sessions knowing how to manipulate light sensors, how to adjust shutter speeds with a special emphasis on nature photography, and the basics of studio lighting, wedding portraiture, and shooting in urban settings. Read the FAQ to learn more.
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. Yoga classes—including YogaStretch, a gentler yoga—are also available at the Sandy Springs location.
Cosmos Fitness also powers solo workouts with extensive cardio equipment, free weights, and a team of personal trainers. At the Sandy Springs location, yoga classes take place throughout the week; the sauna and steam room at the Marietta location, meanwhile, 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.
Although instructors Travis Clark and Jon Gillespie lead Southeast Photo Adventures's workshops and excursions, they share the teaching load with the shores of Tybee Island and the depths of Cloudland Canyon. Students shoot shoulder-to-shoulder with instructors amid these sprawls of striking Southeastern scenery, whether they're enrolled in 2.5-hour workshops, Foto Field Trips open to workshop grads, or weekend-long adventures. The field-trip-style outings are open to all skill levels, but beginners can also enhance their expertise in introductory courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and DSLR cameras' complex settings, which control everything from shutter speed to the tiny red light bulb behind each of our eyes.
Planet Beach offers both UV and UV-free faux sunshine. Conventional tanning, either in a vertical or horizontal bed, creates a healthy, glowing skin sheen using the powers of UV. For an aerosoled UV-free solution, Planet Beach's Mystic tan feeds your body into a standing spray chamber. In just a few seconds of spritzing, you'll emerge with a deep, natural-looking tan that's streak free, didn't produce melanin, and lasts up to a week.