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2018 fitness trends

Play & Mindful Movement

Workouts don’t have to be boring or all about repetition. Look for options that remind you of playing like you did as a kid. Example: Tennis 

Fitness professional: Stuart Marcus, Head Tennis professional and Junior Coordinator at St Ives Country Club in Johns Creek for the last 15 years.

Primary Focus: Provides on and off court training with motivation, flexibility, cardio, strength and nutrition training for both adults and children.

Why should people take up tennis in 2018: “Tennis is a great activity to help people of all ages get a great workout. Tennis can be played socially or competitively, depending on what you are looking for, and can be a great tool to stay healthy.  Tennis is also a great stress relief and is always fun with a group of friends.  Finding a tennis program near you will be the best way to get this fitness routine started.”

Family Fitness

Getting active doesn’t have to mean spending hours away from your kids. Look for options that allow you to all exercise together. Example: Mom and Baby Fitness classes

Fitness professional: Michelle Whitlock, an Alpharetta-based group fitness instructor for Oh Baby! Fitness.

Primary focus: Certified group fitness instructor for new and expectant moms including BYOB – Bring Your Own Baby – classes! Her classes include Yoga, Pilates, Water Aerobics, Stroller Workouts, and a Fitness Combo class that includes cardio, strength training, and yoga.

Why should parents get involved in family fitness classes in 2018: “Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. Find an exercise or activity that you love doing and do that! Instead of changing your diet and lifestyle all at once, make baby steps over time and you’ll find the right fitness journey for you! Finding support and someone to keep you motivated and moving is the key. Everyone needs a positive support person who can help encourage and motivate you along the way!”

Military-Inspired Training with Bernard Pearson

Fitness professional: Lanny Branum and Laurie Branum

Primary focus: Lanny and Laurie Branum see 2018 as the year for functional fitness where every exercise has a purpose: weight training to help build muscles to lift heavy items in the real world.  They also believe people are looking to be a part of something bigger. “A gym shouldn’t just be about working out, it should also be building a supportive community,” says Lanny.

After leading successful corporate careers, these Georgia Tech gradts realized that teaching functional fitness was a passion.  HEW (Hard Exercise Works) can be thought of as personal training in a group setting.  Offering multiple group sessions throughout the day, the workouts are all NAVY S.E.A.L. inspired, but can be tailored to any fitness level.  Your first five weeks include nutritional counseling, accountability partners, and a complete profile.  With a different workout planned every day, it not only keeps you interested, but trying new things such as flipping truck tires and climbing ropes. 8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd , #118, Alpharetta. 470.545.0351. HardExerciseWorks.com

Be Flexible

Fitness Professional, Ariella Dominguez with Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio

Primary focus: Mind-body wellness

From breweries to studios to public parks – yoga is taking over in a brilliant manner. And, Ariella Dominguez with Grey Owl Mind-Body Studio believes the trend is here to stay. Grey Owl incorporates classes with aerial yoga, Tai Chi Qigong, mat yoga, meditation, or wellness into their schedule, and it’s seen tremendous growth. The benefits of these soothing techniques are part of an innovation curve, and all classes incorporate some form of meditation as well. Dominguez says she knows that these exercises relieve stress, stretch the body, and are very rewarding and beneficial. Each class is uniquely adaptive, but the trend towards relaxation therapy as a form of fitness is here to stay, 6250 Abbotts Bridge Rd Suite 500, Johns Creek. GreyOwlMB.com