To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training,
nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Cosmos Fitness, named one of the area’s top 10 fitness centers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, earns its designation by building relationships between patrons and fitness experts in their locally owned and operated gyms. However, its coziness belies the scope of the facilities. Instructors lead the national exercise programs, Zumba and SilverSneakers. In Zumba classes, students shake off pounds to Latin beats, getting a rigorous cardio workout with simple salsa and rumba steps. SilverSneakers courses, meanwhile, tailor their workouts to seniors and include SilverSplash, a pool-based class where students stay afloat with kickboards, rather than by saddling a balloon seahorse.
Cosmos Fitness also powers solo workouts with extensive cardio equipment, free weights, and a team of personal trainers. The sauna and steam room flank an indoor pool where swimmers can hone their breaststroke or chat up the local mer-people. Before workouts, parents can drop their kids at the Marietta location’s childcare center, whose primary-colored decor matches its trove of rainbow-hued toys.
Like the concept of yin and yang, Be Yoga is composed of two contrasting halves. The front room stays at 75 degrees, and the back room reaches a toasty 95 degrees, which helps bodies release toxins and sink deeply into stretches. In these two rooms, certified instructors lead yoga classes in styles ranging from yin yoga, which keeps poses relaxed and on the ground, to Baptiste power yoga, which blends breathing exercises with energetic, flowing movements.
The Be Yoga yogis also train aspiring teachers, who must prove their mettle in a 200-hour course and rescue a princess to receive certification by Yoga Alliance. Reaching out beyond the studio, Be Yoga aids Strong Woman—a volunteer-based program that supports women and children in need—with yoga classes, meals, and donations.
At Dahn Yoga - Body & Brain Marietta, seasoned instructors impart ancient yoga poses and relaxation exercises designed to balance the body’s energy flow. Founded in chi-focused health principles and the Korean sun do tradition, classes and workshops tether the brain to the physique with meditation, meridian stretching, and the gentle movements of tai chi and chi gong. Abdominal exercises aim to expel toxins from the intestines, and energy-center tapping promotes wellness inside and out by liberating trapped chi and inadvertently swallowed lightning. Students also learn to manage their emotions using the Brain Operating System, a mind-body practice developed by the studio’s founder, Ilchi Lee.
In addition to a full range of cardio machines and free weights, WellStar Health Place's expansive fitness center hosts a welcoming staff of degreed exercise specialists, health-care professionals, and licensed dietitians. As well as custom-tailoring personal-training sessions, the exercise specialists lead group classes for all ages, including yoga, cardio, and Zumba classes. A mere hop, skip, and Olympic-record lunge away from the indoor, heated swimming pool, licensed massage therapists indulge tired tendons with a combination of Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point techniques. A nursery staff tends to children aged 6 weeks to 11 years while adults work out, and afterward, the friendly fruitsmiths at Planet Smoothie's in-house location dish out refreshing, high-protein beverages to replenish waning moisture levels.
CrossFit Marietta is manifestly a place where work gets done. Rings hang from the steel beams overhead, a scaffolding of chin-up bars marches down the center of the room, and barbells and medicine balls line the floor. That's only some of the equipment used in the 2,800-sq.-ft. "box," but beginners aren't expected to know what to do with it all. Instructors make sure that everyone knows how to wield these fitness tools at a level appropriate to their abilities during high-intensity workouts that change daily.
Class sizes averaging 5–10 members make it easy for trainers to provide personal attention. Another tool for tracking progress is in every member's hands (or smartphone). The Wodify app lets you log each workout and document gains in strength, mobility, and endurance as they add up.