Here are the most popular questions. Scroll down to see their answers below.
Q: Where do you work out?
Q: Can I drop in on a class to try it?
Q: I am pretty out of shape. How fit do I need to be to join?
Q: I already go to a gym or exercise regularly. Why would I need class?
Q: What is a typical class like?
Q: What if I have to miss a few classes? Can I make them up?
Q: What kind of results can I expect, and how soon can I expect them?
Q: How do I register and pay to join?
Q: What happens in inclement weather?
Q: What kind of fitness gear and/or equipment do I need to participate?
Q: Is it normal to feel this sore?
Q: What about my eating habits?
Q: How much water should I be drinking?
Q: I am starting to feel pain (e.g. in my back, shins, knees, hip, etc). What should I do?
Q: What happens after my month is over?
A: We work out at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta and take advantage of many areas in the expansive 189 acre park. All weekday classes meet at the parking lot next to the Park Tavern located on the corner of 10th St. and Monroe Dr. Atlanta, GA 30306.
A: Sorry, we cannot allow people to drop in on the weekday classes. However, we would love for you sample our workouts by attending our Saturday morning classes at 8:30 am. There is a $5 drop in fee. When we announce our Saturday morning classes they are always free and open to the public, so please join us, and bring a friend!
A: One of the great things about the class is that we meet you at your fitness level. You don’t need to be an athlete to participate in our program—we only expect you to have a positive attitude and the willingness to push beyond your comfort zone. Students are able to work out together without anyone getting too far ahead or too far behind because most of our workouts are based on timed duration of exercises rather than the quantity of an activity. If you are ready to give your 100% to the program, you are certainly ready to take advantage of the motivation, tools, and guidance offered by our instructors to achieve your fitness and wellness goals.
Having said that, if you have prior injuries or other health conditions that you think might restrict your ability to fully participate, it is important to consult with your doctor to determine if jump-starting your lifestyle of fitness and wellness with us is right for you. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider that our workouts comprise aerobic and anaerobic drills, muscle conditioning and medium to high impact exercises.
A: The body quickly adapts to even the most strenuous activity, which explains why some people complain about “plateauing” and not seeing any results in spite of going to the gym or working out on a regular basis. The program is designed to prevent the plateau by utilizing interval, intense, cross-training workouts that constantly challenge, surprise, and push your body beyond your comfort zone in ways that most people are unable to achieve on their own. Moreover, we take full advantage of everything Piedmont Park has to offer, so you get more out of your hour-long workout than you would at a gym while never getting bored of your surroundings.
We all have those days when we don’t feel like working out— our instructors and other students keep you motivated and give you that extra push when you need it the most.
Finally, If you are already on a fitness program and want to add cross training in a couple of days a week, purchase our Stay Fit Package that gets you 8 weekday classes each month. It’s a great option!
A: Each class is unique and may focus on a particular area of the body on a given day (e.g. upper body, lower body, core/abdominals, cardiovascular, etc.) but you will always get a full-body workout. The workouts are intentionally designed to be rigorous and varied so that your body is always adjusting (thus maximizing the effectiveness of the workout and maximizing your results!), and our creative instructors ensure that you will never be bored. Workouts include, but are not limited to, running, weight training, resistance bands, hills, calisthenics (i.e. bodyweight exercises such as squats, dips, push-ups, etc.), plyometrics, stairs, balance and agility exercises, stretching, and more.
A: Successfully achieving your goals requires a total commitment to yourself for each 4-week program. We understand that sometimes “life happens” and can prevent you from being able to attend a class. Make-up classes are not available if you have to miss a session. However, in cases of long-term illness or emergencies, we can work with you to make other arrangements.
Please keep in mind that many of our workouts are designed to depend on everyone being in attendance. If you must miss a class, it would be extremely helpful for us if you let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly and ensure a productive class. We encourage you to do a workout on your own when you miss class. We have several posted that do not require any equipment or much time. No Excuses!
A: Each person is unique, but we guarantee that if you show up every day with a great attitude and give each workout a 100% effort, you will see and feel results. We help you keep track of your progress by taking baseline measurements, assessing your physical ability and comparing these measurements against those taken at the end of your 4-week program.
Students build fat-burning muscle, become leaner, and experience an increase in endurance, energy, and stamina. It is not uncommon to see members lose at least 1-2 clothing sizes and feel that their bodies have become more firm within the first 4 weeks, as our workouts increase your metabolism, burn calories, and exchange fat for lean muscle. Importantly, many people who have gone through the program report that they feel more confident in themselves and have seen improvements not only physically, but mentally as well.
… But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out what our members have to say about their experience with their testimonials.
A: For your convenience, registration and payment with a major credit card/debit card can be done online through paypal (sorry, we do not accept American Express). We also accept cash, personal checks, and money orders in person prior to the first day of your 4 week program. Please email us at email@example.com or call (404) 731-3319 with questions.
A: Safety is of utmost importance to us. In dangerous conditions that could jeopardize the health of our members and instructors alike (e.g. thunderstorms, snow, or excessively low temperatures), class will be cancelled. In the event of such circumstances, members will receive a text or email message no less than 30 minutes before the start of class.
A: A positive, motivated, and determined mindset is the most important thing you will need to bring for each and every class. Beyond that, you will need a good pair of running or cross-training shoes that are less than 6 months old and comfortable workout clothing. Keep in mind that you will be working out in the great outdoors and will get dirty! We also sweat quite a bit regardless of the temperature, so we recommend dressing in layers with a moisture-wicking shirt as your first layer so you can be much more comfortable.
You will need a set of 8 or 10 lb. hand weights and any type of waterproof exercise mat if you’d like. We are not always stationary so these become cumbersome at times. Also, it is important to keep yourself hydrated during class, so you will want to bring bottled water. Lastly, optional items you may want to have are a towel with which to dry off and gloves/mittens during the colder months. Finally, don’t forget to bring a great attitude and a willingness to commit to improving your health.
A: Whether you are a mountain climber or haven’t worked out in years, our workouts will make you utilize and challenge every muscle in your body in unexpected ways. It is highly likely that you will be sore during your first week or two. However, as your body becomes stronger and acclimatizes to our workouts, the soreness will subside. You may still experience some slight to moderate soreness from time to time, but this is a natural part of the process that allows you to improve and build muscle tone.
A: It depends on what your goals are, but if you want to maximize your results and truly make a lifestyle change towards fitness and wellness, you must treat your body right by eating right. In order to have successful workouts, you need to fuel your body with energy beforehand. If the morning workouts are too early for you to eat breakfast before class, make sure you eat well the night before. Complex carbohydrates in foods such as whole wheat grains and pastas are good sources of energy for the next morning. If you are working out with us in the evening, have a sensible snack in the mid-afternoon.
Eating well after your workouts is necessary to replenish your energy and to help your muscles recover from the intense exercise. Muscles need help from proteins to recover and build, so we recommend eating some healthy protein (e.g. egg whites or egg substitutes, lean turkey, chicken breast, tuna, etc.) within roughly an hour after class. Remember, it is important to have complex carbohydrates in your meals so you can have enough energy and to prevent possible light-headedness during your workouts.
Your body also needs other minerals such as calcium and potassium in order to maintain healthy bones, maintain muscle strength, control blood pressure and cellular water balance, keep your nerve impulses firing in top form, and optimize your metabolism.
You can also speak with your instructor for nutritional advice at any point during the program.
A: At 60%-70% of your body weight, water is the principal chemical component of your body. Every system in your body depends on water. It is extremely easy to dehydrate. Consumption of alcohol, caffeinated beverages, perspiration during sleep, exercise, urination and even simply breathing are just some ways in which we lower hydration levels in our bodies. Make an effort to drink plenty of water throughout the day. A good estimate is to start by taking your body weight in pounds and dividing that number in half. This is the minimum number of ounces of water per day you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 lbs, you should be drinking at least 80 fluid ounces of water per day. However, since you will be exercising rigorously, you should drink an additional 32 fluid ounces of water daily in order to prevent dehydration. In other words, if you weight 160 lbs and are working out with us, you should be drinking a minimum of 112 fluid ounces of water per day.
A: Most pain can be successfully addressed by making sure you are wearing appropriate athletic shoes. We recommend that you wear a good pair of running or cross-training shoes that are always less than 6 months old. Other pain can be attributed to tight muscles, so when we stretch before and after class, make sure you stretch as deeply as possible. Additional stretching on your own throughout the day can help alleviate tightness (make sure to avoid “cold stretches;” take a brisk walk to warm your muscles up before engaging in any deep stretching).
However, some pain is caused by prior injury or weak supporting joints, ligaments or tendons, or other medical conditions. If you experiencing any persistent pain above and beyond soreness, or pain that cannot be addressed by wearing good athletic shoes or thorough stretching, please consult your physician.
A: We wants you to be fit and well for life. Many of our members have returned for their second or third programs—and some have signed up for additional 6 month packages or annual memberships. See what some of our members have had to say about their long-term experiences and success stories with us. Please ask us about our multi-program packages with significant cost savings.