Amy Rakestraw mixes traditional yoga practices with intense physical exercise
It’s a safe bet that the ancient master of meditation Patanjali never urged his disciples to “feel the burn.” Certainly his Yoga Sutras make no reference to the arrival of “Daisy Dukes season.”Read more
Trash your salt and grab some weights—it’s time to get healthy in Miami
I’m tired. I’m sore. I’m gassy. That, I’m told, is expected. For three days, I have been stretched, scanned, pushed, and pampered. I’ve been stripped of salt, sugar, and most red meat. And I’ve eaten enough fruits and vegetables to make me a methane machine, which, according to staffers at the Pritikin Longevity Center in […]Read more
We tracked the steps of Cobb County resident Maria Smith and Real Housewife Demetria McKinney
We followed two Fitbit wearers—an Atlanta housewife and a Real Housewife of Atlanta—to see what kind of stats they’d put up.Read more
We bet you still remember a few gym class moves
Do you still have nightmares about doing pull-ups in gym class? You may have forgotten the name of the Presidential Youth Fitness Program or the certificates you earned, but we bet you haven’t forgotten the moves. Did you know there’s an adult version?Read more
The new version focuses on individual goals
Last year, Georgia was the first state in the nation to fully adopt the updated Presidential Youth Fitness Program. The program, started by President Eisenhower in 1956, uses body composition, aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility to evaluate overall fitness.Read more
Our tester takes flight at Sky Gym. Plus, five other places to hone your acrobatic skills.
Check Instagram and you’ll see photos of celebs stretching out on silks—from Khloé and Kourtney to January Jones. Fitness classes have sprung up to capitalize on the art’s growing popularity, with Reebok creating Jukari Fit to Fly, a session that combines suspension training and cardio. Even Hugh Jackman has reportedly said he does trapeze as an alternative to weight training.
But there are no celebrities in this class at Sky Gym, and nobody’s getting coddled like a Kardashian.Read more
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
Atlanta Ballet adult classes encourage participants to put their best foot forward
“And one and two and three and four,” the instructor drilled, her straight leg flying in rapid fire. “Close front, close front, close back, close back.” Or something like that. We’d just started a beginner ballet class, and already I was lost.Read more
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