Stuart Enloe has logged some serious time in the sky. He's spent more than 200 hours in gas balloons, performed more than 80 parachute jumps, flew for 600 hours in airplanes, and totaled a whopping 2,700 hours in hot-air balloons. In total, he has spent enough time in the air to justify carving a second home into a cloud?more than 145 days.
At his main aerial outlet, Balloon Atlanta, Stuart carries this experience with him on every flight. He maintains a fleet of colorful hot-air balloons, available for scenic flights over some of the Southeast's most stunning landscapes. His passengers float over Lake Lanier, just barely skimming the surface, or sail up until mountains frame the warm light of sunset and set the scene for a romantic kiss or engagement. Regardless of which route he follows, a dedicated crew follows on the ground to pack away equipment and provide passengers a ride back to the starting point once the balloon lands.
Cheerleading isn't just for football games, and gymnastics isn't only for showing off at board meetings. The two sports are also sure-fire ways to teach discipline and teamwork while boosting endurance and physical fitness. At World of Gymnastics and Cheer, students as young as 18 months get a jump-start on these skills inside the 20,000-square-foot facility. The rec program instills everything from stretching basics to advanced tumbling, and the competitive gymnastics program proudly participates in both the AAU and USA programs. Meanwhile, World of Cheer, the recreational and competitive program, prepares members and gives them the opportunity to compete on a national level.
Kids ages 12 and under dive through portholes of inflatable castles to tumble, jump, and play on indoor equipment at GORILLA JUMPER. The highlight of this indoor bounce facility is definitely it's jungle playground. Kids climb up the vertical wall and zip line across a fluffy canopy like they're in a real tropical paradise. Monkeys printed on the walls cheer on youngsters as they race on the side-by-side track. Throughout the facility, bigger kids can defy gravity in a bounce castle or slip down an inflatable slide while toddlers play with soft oversized blocks on a foam floor. Parents, meanwhile, can accompany their kids on their afternoon of fun and watch from a safe distance under cozy picnic tables made into adult forts.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. At each of seven Georgia locations, Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga-, martial-arts, and weight-loss-centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
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.
Source4 Fitness delivers comprehensive exercise programs and professional health and nutrition advice in a state-of-the-art facility. The two-month membership (a $29 value per month) includes access to boutique fitness facilities and enrollment in group fitness classes ranging from Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and boxkicking to Mom and Me, a joint class for mothers and children ages 2–4. A FitPro will guide eight 30-minute personal training sessions (a $30 value per class) that help clients achieve long-term health goals through custom exercise programs and nutritional consultation. Each 30-minute, tailor-made workout is designed to achieve Source4 Fitness' tenets—energize, inspire, rejuvenate, and improve—reaching well beyond the quick fix in an effort to bring about sustainable health improvement. A FitPro will also help members develop a customized nutrition plan (a $39 value), meeting twice per month to help shape an effective plan of attack and discuss which Muppet is the most lovable. These 20–30 minute sessions cover lifestyle issues and include weigh-ins, measurements, and supplement consultation.