Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, cardio equipment with built-in TVs, and Precor weight machines—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with Les Mills–designed group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies, while water-jet-powered HydroMassage beds blast away tension.
Since 2000, Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp owner David Nash has been fine-tuning his fitness-coaching expertise along with a trained staff. In addition to picking up certifications in health and physical education, nutrition, first aid, and other areas, the certified personal trainer has also honed specialties in athletic performance and the biomechanics of human movement. Keith Lawson, head trainer at the Smyrna location, draws from a background of participating in six sports through high school and a degree in exercise science.
At Pinnacle Fitness Bootcamp, the staff shares its fitness training and nutritional-guidance expertise with students during indoor boot-camp sessions. During classes, students go through a variety of workouts from walking lunges to relay races and partner team pushups.
When his younger brother Tyrell set his sights on the World Heavyweight Championship, Xavier Biggs put his own boxing aspirations aside to offer ringside assistance. He's remained in the corner of pro and amateur fighters ever since, and has even lent his ring-leading talents to celebrities like Usher Raymond, whom Xavier coached for the upcoming film Hands of Stone.
At Decatur Boxing Club, he brings that same punching prowess to beginner classes. In those sessions, he combine intensive cardio workouts with fundamentals, such as striking, bobbing and weaving, and furiously shuffling feet to create powerful static shocks. He imbues more seasoned students with advanced footwork and fighting strategies that they can eventually test during sparring sessions in the ring. For kids, Xavier incorporates boxing moves into fun exercises and peppers his teaching with stories about legendary boxers.
Belly dance guru Saroya has been practicing and teaching the middle eastern dance form for more than two decades, a career path that has taken her across the country to numerous competitions and festivals. At Bellydance by Saroya, she imparts her routine expertise on students of all ability, leading beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes that make use of layered movements and zills—finger cymbals—to help maintain rhythm and keep thumbs in shape.