It’s a new year, which means that solemn vow you made over the holidays to exercise more is now a bitter reality. Fortunately, there’s a workout for just about everybody in Atlanta, and we rounded up 12 of the best fitness deals to start you off on the right foot. Try a class today, and your body and wallet will be in better shape!
Atlanta Hot Yoga
Buckhead: 2140 Peachtree Rd., Ste. 230, Atlanta 30309; Vinings: 2355 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Atlanta 30319 • atlhotyoga.com
This popular yoga company with two local studios continuously finds itself on “best of” lists all over town. Clients praise the highly trained teachers, nurturing environment and wide variety of workouts that appeal to novices and experts alike. Begin with Jennifer Smith’s Vinyasa class. Her positive energy wraps around you like a warm blanket.
- New students: 10-day pass for $30
The Bar Method
1281 Johnson Ferry Rd., #112, Marietta 30068 • (770) 578-4665 • atlanta-eastcobb.barmethod.com
This bar-based workout has its origins in physical therapy instead of dance, so you can expect thorough instructors who pay close attention to form with verbal and hands-on adjustments. Look for a second location to open in town sometime this year.
- New clients: One week, unlimited classes for $19 (only available online); 30 days unlimited for $75 (must purchase in studio)
- Current members: Prepay for the year with the option to hold for one to three months. $120/month (regularly $135). Other perks include two buddy passes for friends and family, 10 percent off retail.
- Former members or clients who haven’t been to class since May 2014 enjoy a first-month, unlimited pass for $85.
Big Peach Running Company’s Good Form Running Class
Locations around Atlanta. Visit bigpeachrunningco.com for specifics.
Learn how to become a more efficient runner and prevent injury in this two-session series that focuses on posture, midfoot, cadence and forward lean. Students leave with their own personalized video analysis and plenty of new jogging buddies. Visit bigpeachrunningco.com, click on Good Form Running and select a convenient class.
- New students: Free 1-hour clinic
- Two 2-hour sessions, $60
56 East Andrews Dr., Ste. 11, Atlanta 30305 • (404)-841-5430 • livetheblastlife.com
Grab an extra towel, because you’ll definitely sweat in this high-intensity, 60-minute workout that alternates between cardio on the treadmill and strength training on the floor. Instructors crank up the energy with their eclectic play lists (and personalities).
- New members: One month of unlimited classes for $125 (regularly $225)
49 Bennett St. NW, Atlanta 30309 • (404) 367-8216 • bodycentralpilates.com
If you’re thinking about stretching yourself and trying Pilates, you’ll be in good hands at this studio owned by Robin Blum, the first certified Pilates instructor in Georgia. Start with private lessons before advancing to a group class, and commit to three times a week for maximum results.
- New students: 5 private lessons for $290
Locations in Buckhead, Midtown and Alpharetta. Visit flywheelsports.com for specifics.
One of Atlanta’s premier indoor cycling studios, Fly Wheel offers 45- and 60-minute classes with stadium-style seating and tunes curated by in-house DJs. Competitive types can opt to have their names appear on large-screen displays that track performance.
- First ride free
- Student rate: $15 per class
699 Ponce De Leon Ave., #10, Atlanta 30308 • (404) 858-9945 • irontribefitness.com
Iron Tribe’s group fitness classes operate like personal training sessions at a fraction of the cost, according to the Midtown location’s manager. New students gear up with an introductory 101 class where their workout is timed at the beginning and end of the monthlong session to track the promised results.
Specials (beginning January 5, 2015):
- Half off ITF 101 class, regularly $350, now $175 for four weeks, three classes a week
Locations around Atlanta. Visit orangetheoryfitness.com for specifics.
After strapping on a heart rate monitor, you’ll embark on a 60-minute interval workout designed to put you in the “orange zone” (84 percent off your max heart rate) for 12 to 20 minutes. This creates excess postexercise oxygen consumption, so you continue to burn calories at an accelerated rate up to 36 hours after leaving the gym.
- 4 sessions for $49 available through February 28 (regularly $190 for 10 classes)
Power Plate at Scott King Circuit Fitness
1985 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta 30318 • (404) 550-1260 • powercircuitfitness.com
“Twice the intensity in half the time” is how one Power Plate devotee describes this 30-minute workout. Exercises are done on a vibrating Power Plate, which engages up to 95 percent of muscle fiber, compared with as little as 20 percent on traditional gym equipment.
- New students: $45 for 3 sessions
6780 Roswell Rd., Ste. D100, Sandy Springs 30328 • (404) 309-9696 • aerialsilksatlanta.com
Take your Pilates and yoga experience to the next level at this new aerial dance gym. The Cirque du Soleil-inspired fitness classes develop core strength and flexibility, but go easy on the joints. Choose from Sky Dance, Sky Fit and Sky Yoga.
- Introductory class: $19
- One-month pass (four classes, unlimited supervised practice): $90
935 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta 30318 • (404) 606-6931 • TorqCycleATL.com
Newly married couple Alex and Katie Martinez launched Torq Cycle after sensing a need for a boutique spinning experience on Atlanta’s burgeoning West Side. Bikes display individual RPM output, and instructors incorporate a five-minute hand-weight session for an upper body workout.
- One month of unlimited classes for $150 if purchased before January 15 (regularly $200). Continue paying $150/month each time you renew for the duration of 2015 if it’s a consecutive membership.
West Coast Workout
Buckhead: 107 West Paces Ferry Rd., Ste. 100, Atlanta 30305 • (404) 467-0602; Sandy Springs: 175 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Ste. F, Atlanta 30328 • (404) 843-3800 • westcoastworkout.com
Former celebrity trainer and lifestyle guru Tammy Stokes designed West Coast Workout for busy clients who want efficient, whole-body workouts. You’ll find a barre class here, for instance, but it’s conducted in shoes. Start with Best of the West, a 55-minute roundup of WCW’s top techniques, and grab one of Tammy’s new tonics on your way out of dodge.
- First class, $14
- 10-class package, $200