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Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Colony Square Athletic Club

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUSmore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore — to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Urban Body Fitness
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members.more...
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its "try before you buy" less...

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Cityscape » Critics Pick
Kettlebell Training At Studio Lotus
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers amore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore - to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2007 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Colony Square Athletic Club

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2006 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Colony Square Athletic Club

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
LA Fitness Ansley Mall
3232 Peachtree Road, Suite A 404-233-8311; and other locations www.lafitness.com

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2005 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
L.A. Fitness

Best gym BOA Award Winner

LA Fitness

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

L.A. Fitness

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Athletic Club Northeast
The ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHEAST stands above the local pack of gyms for two reasons: space and amenities. The sheer size and layout of this cavernous club means patrons have room to move - the whole point of a workout, "n'est pas"? We like to use workout machines "without" feeling the sweaty spray of nearbymore...
The ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHEAST stands above the local pack of gyms for two reasons: space and amenities. The sheer size and layout of this cavernous club means patrons have room to move - the whole point of a workout, "n'est pas"? We like to use workout machines "without" feeling the sweaty spray of nearby strangers (we prefer that sensation at nightclubs, thanks). The amenities are lush and plentiful: basketball, indoor and outdoor swimming, tennis, racquetball, sauna, whirlpool ... Yes, it's a tony gym. Yes, it's worth it. "1515 Sheridan Road. 404-325-2700. www.acnortheast.com." less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Planet Fitness

Ray Hom's Favorite Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
P.E. Midtown
742 Ponce de Leon Place 404-885-1499 http://www.pe-midtown.com "Immediately upon entering the club, you feel great about yourself because you're surrounded by a cool, hip crowd. It offers cutting-edge classes and state-of-the-art equipment housed in a two-story loft-style environment. I mean, wheremore...
742 Ponce de Leon Place 404-885-1499 http://www.pe-midtown.com "Immediately upon entering the club, you feel great about yourself because you're surrounded by a cool, hip crowd. It offers cutting-edge classes and state-of-the-art equipment housed in a two-story loft-style environment. I mean, where else can you work out, get your hair cut, tan (not me, though) and grab a smoothie, all while your car is being detailed? Now, that's service! P.E. Midtown is a fresh blend of fitness and service all in one for any fast-paced lifestyle, especially mine! less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Planet Fitness

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Planet Fitness
3293 Buford Highway 404-325-3351 and other locations http://www.fitplanet.com "I'm an actress and it's a great place to meet people in the business. Now I've got muscles and I'm in better cardiovascular shape, so I'm getting more work. They also have little rooms where you can work out by yourself ifmore...
3293 Buford Highway 404-325-3351 and other locations http://www.fitplanet.com "I'm an actress and it's a great place to meet people in the business. Now I've got muscles and I'm in better cardiovascular shape, so I'm getting more work. They also have little rooms where you can work out by yourself if you don't want to be around people. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2001
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2001 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Decatur/DeKalb YMCA
1100 Clairemont Ave., Decatur 404-377-0241 http://www.ymcaatlanta.org The Decatur-DeKalb Y remains the healthiest health club in town for a number of reasons. Naturally, it's healthy to go to the place, which has a full range of athletic facilities, including a pool, a sauna, basketball courts,more...
1100 Clairemont Ave., Decatur 404-377-0241 http://www.ymcaatlanta.org The Decatur-DeKalb Y remains the healthiest health club in town for a number of reasons. Naturally, it's healthy to go to the place, which has a full range of athletic facilities, including a pool, a sauna, basketball courts, aerobic equipment and circuit training. Relatively speaking, it's healthy on your wallet: $46 a month for individuals and $68 for families is very reasonable for a full-service club (that's true of all Ys, which simply are a bit better of a buy than the for-profit clubs). But the really special thing about the Decatur-DeKalb Y is that it's healthy for you socially: While it's clean and luxurious enough for most yuppies, there's a nice cross-section of folks there, with very little of the "I'm-a-better-jock-than-you attitude that can permeate health clubs. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Consumer Culture » Readers Pick
Atlanta Crunch
With such class names as "Dueling Divas," "Phenomenal Abs" and "Rear Attitude," the six Atlanta Crunch Fitness locations have furthered the trendy national chain's credo of fitness with an attitude. If you prefer not to exercise in a herd, you can hit their boxing ring for a few rounds or use the Hypoxicmore...
With such class names as "Dueling Divas," "Phenomenal Abs" and "Rear Attitude," the six Atlanta Crunch Fitness locations have furthered the trendy national chain's credo of fitness with an attitude. If you prefer not to exercise in a herd, you can hit their boxing ring for a few rounds or use the Hypoxic Chamber, a high-altitude training simulator. The Crunch website asserts that, "We don't care if you're 18 or 80 ... fat or thin ... short or tall ... muscular or mushy ...," but you can rest assured that the blonde in front of you with the tight ass sure as hell does. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Section » Print Features » Special Issue » Best of Atlanta » 2000 » Consumer Culture » Critics Pick
Main Event Fitness
Dozens of celebs, from Hulk Hogan to Steve Smith to Andruw Jones to even the Rock have smelled what Chris Scully is cooking at Main Event Fitness. Since 1989, the 33,000-square-foot gym has provided iron-heads a place to pump up without having to worry about silly aerobics classes or yoga lessons gettingmore...
Dozens of celebs, from Hulk Hogan to Steve Smith to Andruw Jones to even the Rock have smelled what Chris Scully is cooking at Main Event Fitness. Since 1989, the 33,000-square-foot gym has provided iron-heads a place to pump up without having to worry about silly aerobics classes or yoga lessons getting in the way. And be sure to check out the special headphones provided at Main Event that allow you to listen to the TV, no matter where in the club you're throwing weight. less...
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