At Formwell, owners Rami and Heather Odeh and Andy Berman keep their mission focused on personal training by seeking out credentialed trainers—including elite trainers who have worked at Formwell for at least five years and who possess a combination of a master’s degree in exercise science and advanced training certification. Throughout the indoor and outdoor facilities, they lead clients through tailored workouts that may incorporate traditional fitness equipment, such as free weights and cardio machines. They may also draw upon alternative exercises, such as lifts on Olympic rings, kettlebell swings, and tug-o-war with a horse.
Beyond personal training, Formwell’s team leads partner training and small-group classes, such as CrossFit, plus a weight-loss program that extends to nutritional education. Tiled bathrooms with showers let guests transition between work and the gym, and a children’s room entertains young ones with a television, DVD player, and video games.
Classes at Dance It Off keep beginner and intermediate dancers moving to diverse beats. For instance, Zumba, cardio dance funk and musical theater Broadway dance pay homage to two American-born genres. The new cardio world class pulls dance moves from countries all over the globe to create its fusion routines. And in addition to dance, the studio also offers strictly fitness classes such as yoga flow, Piloxing, and barre fitness.
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.
With a resume that includes ballet and rock-climbing experience, Amber Monson took naturally to the graceful art of aerial silks. She founded Sky Gym as a place to train herself and others in her most beloved pastime, and ultimately, her venture paid off.
When she's not training and performing with other aerialists all over the world—including some from Cirque du Soleil—she passes on her skills to new students, helping them discover new levels of strength and grace. Besides aerial silks, she keeps students elevated with classes such as trapeze, sky yoga, and lyra—a ceiling-mounted hoop in which students spin after being dunked by their favorite NBA player. “I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it," she says on her website. Nonetheless, she continues,"I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing to make aerial dance my life."
Losing weight and keeping it off requires more than just a change in diet—it requires a lifestyle change. That's where weight loss consultant and fitness coach Jessica Glenn and her staff come in. Together, they shepherd clients down the road to wellness with a range of fitness packages. The Lifestyle Changer Plan, for example, doles out a full-scale assault on excess pounds with meal plans designed for each client, 12 personal training sessions to instill effective workout routines, and regular weigh-ins. The personal trainers and dietitians man the phones around the clock, helping clients stave off late-night cravings, or answering questions about the healthiest possible way to host a food fight.
This June, the 33rd annual Cave Spring Road Race once again sends runners, joggers, and walkers scampering across the campus of the Georgia School for the Deaf. The area's dense forestry envelops participants in lush greens as they trot their way around the certified course, either as part of the 5K race or the one-mile fun run. But the day doesn't end at the finish line or when the winner gets caught with bottle rockets in his shoes. Participants and their families can stick around to eat a continental breakfast and browse the arts and crafts festival in Rolater Park. Or they can explore the town's famous cave, or check out one of the largest swimming pools in Georgia, a 1.5-acre lake shaped like the state.