No one has ever trained for the lead in Swan Lake just to tighten their abs, but dancers, choreographers, and Atlanta Zumba Dance instructors Faaridah and Nahari both agree that it comes with the territory. That’s why they’ve channeled their experiences in the performing arts into a platform for dance-based fitness instruction. Faaridah was particularly drawn to Zumba because of her Caribbean and Hispanic heritage, and Nahari has been a student of Middle Eastern dances for nearly a decade, so their curriculum of Zumba and belly dancing was a natural fit.
Students can shed pounds and throw on their shiniest layer of sweat during Zumba classes, a 60-minute dance-based aerobic workout with easy-to-follow choreography performed to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. The dance moves are an amalgam of styles that includes elements of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, flamenco, and tango. Classes at Atlanta Zumba Dance always begin with a warm-up, followed by intervals of faster and slower tempos. Visits conclude with a cool-down and stretch session. In addition to group classes, patrons may rent the studio for a private-lesson Zumba party or to spin around in an office chair without anyone telling them that they’ll get sick.
Classes and self-guided workouts take many forms at Insane Fitness, but they all have two things in common: dedicated instructors and a specially designed set of facilities. Expansive and airy with lots of light, high ceilings, and plenty of space between machines, Insane's facilities are tailored to the different types of classes on offer. These classes include Pilates, Zumba, and even salsa dancing, along with intense kickboxing sessions. Trainers also work with individuals and small groups for extra personal attention.
There's always some excuse not to go the gym?and plenty of times, that excuse involves not having the time to get there. NonStop Fitness kills that rationale by offering 24-hour access to members. And once you get there, you'll find a slew of exercise options, starting with a 2,000-square-foot group fitness room with a complete weight room. Personal trainers are on hand for one-on-one guidance and extra help with meeting fitness goals. After a workout, members can relax in the gym's infrared sauna or work on a bronze glow with a tanning session.
From spacious locker rooms to family-friendly facilities, BodyPlex gyms are built to take the stress out of working out. Fitness machines ranging from cardio equipment to free-motion systems beckon those familiar with the gym scene to jump right into a regime. Newcomers need not stress about a learning curve, as personal instructors power walk the grounds, ready to give one-on-one instruction with an appointment. To ease the workout worries of parents, enthusiastic staff members man the gym's onsite Kidsplex, a youth-focused playroom stocked with crafts, toys, and two different video-game systems. Additionally, those who achieve their best when with like-minded people can break a sweat and their personal fist-bump record in one of the gym's daily fitness classes.
Dance like no one's watching at Dance It Off in Sandy Springs.
Dance It Off features dance classes that will make anyone great on their feet.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Peace, Love, and Unity: these are the pillars upon which this studio stands. Designed as an alternative to big, impersonal gyms, the family-owned-and-operated center fosters fun and mind-body-spirit harmony alongside fitness. A women-oriented self-defense class, Divas in Defense, adds an empowering edge to a class catalog that includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Those seeking positive inner health may consult with a life coach or practice mediation. Soothing massage therapy and reflexology keep bodies from posing as bread dough to receive a proper kneading.