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."
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.
A 5,000-square-foot, multilevel laser tag arena is the main attraction at Sandy Springs Funhouse, a 22,000-square-foot indoor playground. In the neon confines, players undertake high-tech games of hide-and-seek while navigating the interior of a nuclear submarine. Lazer Frenzy, meanwhile, is a tangled web of light beams you have to pass through without touching. Afterwards, head to the arcade to play classic pinball, air hockey, and the latest, most exciting video games. This summer's Fireball Contest allows ticket-winners to vie for a whole barrel of tickets, which can then be redeemed for prizes.
Youngsters can frolic in bounce houses and slip through tunnels and slides on the enormous jungle gym, which has 40 integrated elements. Designed with parents in mind, the facility has an open layout so that grownups can keep eyes on little ones no matter where they are. With a snack bar serving ice cream, pizza, and soft drinks, the funhouse is an ideal venue for birthdays and other special events. Party packages include playtime, use of a private room, and extras such as party coordinators, invitations, and paper goods.
The gym at Delgado Boxing sounds like a percussion section: the impact of gloves on heavy bags keep the pace, and the sounds of shifting feet and jump ropes slapping the floor blend to form a cadence of their own. Featured on CNN as a model small business, Delgado Boxing is the labor of love of pro boxer Paul Delgado, who oversees boxing lessons and boot-camp workouts for adults and kids, that use pugilistic techniques and exercises, keeping the intensity at the high level one would expect from a guy with 20 victories, four knockouts, and only six naps to his name. Though the gym offers premier-level training for those whose ultimate dream is to appear in Madison Square Garden in hooded bathrobes, it welcomes aspiring boxers and fitness seekers of all stripes.
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.
The expert trainer behind Planet Shark Fitness doesn't believe in diets, and she doesn't believe in cardio. From her 12 years of training experience, she has witnessed first hand the power of weightlifting and proper nutrition, and she helps her clients reap those rewards with a variety of services that include personal training and nutrition coaching.