Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
The sculpted instructors at Soul Shine supplement body-toning classes with individual instruction and hands-on guidance as they help students seek holistic well-being. Yoga sessions equip students with the necessary props, including mats, blankets, and rugby helmets, before initiating sequences devised to enhance flexibility and strength as they relieve stress. The studio’s flexible schedule boasts classes all week for students of vary skill levels, including Yoga Intermediate, which unveils the sweeping gestures of more advanced inversions and asanas, and Yoga Basics classes meet to review fundamental poses with the help of limber marionettes. All yoga sessions begin with a warm-up consisting of held postures and end with reflective Savasana breathing, as well as a celebratory high-five. Pilates class orchestrates a regimen of muscle-toning exercises that sculpt sturdy cores with smooth, controlled movements.
Whether engaged in private training, large- or small-group boot-camp classes, or nutritional consultations, women who attend Body Transformer Fitness learn to transform their lifestyles, no matter their age, fitness level, or planet of origin. The enthusiastic certified trainers whip ladies into shape during high-intensity women's boot-camp sessions and lead them through fat-burning exercises in a supportive and fun-filled environment. Gals zap calories into oblivion via core conditioning, short-distance running, strength and endurance training, and calisthenics, toning their bodies and shedding excess poundage while boosting their self-confidence. Trained in analyzing an individual’s wellness needs, the instructors tailor exercises and nutritional advice to each client, accommodating them by adjusting for physical limitations or turning up the difficulty for experienced exercisers. They construct calorie-counting meal plans based on both grocery shopping and eating out, allowing students to lead their social lives without being relegated to munching on the cloth napkins for sustenance at restaurants.
Before Dez White donned the whistle and clipboard of a fitness instructor, he was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. After years on the field, Dez added an ISSA personal-training certification to his accomplishments and founded The Body Firm Atlanta, where he builds challenging, constantly varied workouts for all skill levels. Dez and his staff of fellow trainers conduct classes in local parks and shopping malls, allowing participants to admire trees and bench-press mannequins as they pursue their fitness goals. The staff motivates its students by tracking their measurements and progress throughout the course.