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  • Charles Bethea

    Editorial Contributor

    Writer-at-large Charles Bethea is a fifth-generation Atlantan, but his southern accent is faint. Raised in Ansley Park, he now lives in Cabbagetown. His writing has appeared in Outside, GQ, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His Atlanta magazine story "Final Exit" won the 2011 City and Regional Magazine Award for reporting.

 

Test driving 6 Atlanta nutritionists and personal trainers

We sent reporters on anonymous visits to test six different introductory sessions

Our writer checks out three nutritionists to discover why he can't put on weight, while another writer seeks personal trainers to help her figure out why she can't do sit-ups. Read more...

Yoga with the chattiest person I know

Silence is foldin'

Most of us have someone in our lives with a particularly pronounced chatter problem, to whom we may have prescribed yoga. That's certainly true of my mother, the hardest working and least mellow person I know. She needs yoga. It's obvious. And so do I. Read more...

Seeing orange at a new gym

Banking on the power of color and heart.

Wrapped around my torso using a strap that presses directly against the skin, the monitor was slightly uncomfortable. But it made me feel like the subject of an experiment. That was kind of cool. And kind of true: the experiment was my own, though. Read more...

Lumberjacking as exercise

A cold weather workout that results in more than just sore muscles

New calluses, dirt under the fingernails, a little premature back pain: all healthy, character-building consequences of early onset ax use. Read more...

How do you like your head harness?

A Christmas gift made me the weirdest looking guy at the gym

It looked a bit like a Rube Goldberg machine at first: straps and chains and Velcro wound together complicatedly. But soon I grasped the basics of it: you wrapped a few straps around your head then attached a dumbbell weight to a chain dangling unattractively from your forehead strap. At that point, you look like you're on your way to (or from) a medieval torture chamber. But, rest assured, you're ready to give genetics some push-back. Read more...

Exercise gift ideas

Tis the season to be fit

Looking for ideas for the health nut on your holiday list? We have them. Nutritious drinks, relaxation, exercise classes, and something for your pup. Read more...

Exercising in traffic

Working out in the least likely places.

I tossed a five-foot resistance band into the Civic, knowing I'd hit some traffic later that afternoon, while heading across town. Sure enough, I was at a standstill on Georgia 400 around 4pm. But unlike most people standing still in late September, I was sweating. Read more...