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Atlanta Barbell

290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite B-103, Atlanta, GA, 30312

404-333-2700

Largest cross-fit gym offers Olympic-style weight lifting and small circuit-training classes.

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Atlanta Bocce League

Piedmont Avenue at 10th Street*, Atlanta, GA, 30309

This league’s 1,000 players (on 125 teams) drop only $45 each for a season of socializing. The league also rotates through several city bars.

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Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association

6849 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30328

770-399-5788

The local obsession with rackets and nets is nurtured at 1934-founded ALTA, now an amateur nonprofit with more than 80,000 highly competitive players.

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Bangkok Boxing

1019 Collier Road, Atlanta, GA, 30327

770-497-4454

Whether you want to learn to fight like a mixed martial artist or simply burn 1,000 calories in a kickboxing class, four-time Muay Thai World Champion Khunpon Dechkampu will show you how.

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Becky Nickerson, Agni Power Yoga

655 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30312

The asanas are traditional but the music is cool and fun—ever heard of hip-hop artist MC Yogi?—and her classes strike that difficult balance of welcoming beginners while providing a workout for the advanced.

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BeltLine Lantern Parade

86 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA, 30303

404-477-3003

Hosted by the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, the parade features hundreds of giant puppets, light sculptures, lanterns and glow sticks, and thousands of cheering spectators along its route.

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Big Creek Greenway

Marconi Drive to Mansell Road, Alpharetta, GA, 30022

After you depart one of the five convenient parking lots along the 8.3-mile Alpharetta trail, the rumble of traffic quickly gives way to the chirp of crickets and cicadas and the peaceful trickle of the adjacent creek.

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BLAST900 – Buckhead

56 East Andrews Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-841-5430

This Buckhead gym promises to burn 900 calories in an hour.

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BLAST900 – Dunwoody

5521 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA, 30338

404-841-5430

This Dunwoody gym promises to burn 900 calories in an hour.

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Brunswick’s Norcross

6345 Spalding Drive, Norcross, GA, 30092

770-840-8200

Lanes at Brunswick’s Norcross are pricey ($25 an hour, $35 on weekends), but concierge-level service makes it splurge-worthy.

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Chaos Conditioning

325 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-590-5852

The small but effective interval-training gym is well known for hosting bootcamp-style workout classes—think modified jump-roping, digs, squats, and push-ups—that leave you trembling and toned.

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Decatur Bikes

252 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-941-8717

A one-stop cycling and triathlon supply shop in Decatur.

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DragonCon

Downtown Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 30303

Every parade has bands and politicians, but this Labor Day extravaganza has bagpipers in steampunk gear and ruling-class representatives from Doctor Who and Game of Thrones.

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Exhale

1065 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30309

404-720-5000

Located on the seventh floor of the Loews Hotel, this total-wellness spa whips you into overall shape the way health spas (like Arizona’s Canyon Ranch) used to do before so many of them got into the pampering business.

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Flywheel Sports

102 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

678-702-5684

This is no peloton for middle-of-the-pack riders: There’s stadium-style seating on high-tech bikes, dimmed lighting, and plenty of attractive riders at this indoor cycling studio.

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Freedom Park Trail

Boulevard and Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA, 30312

This paved, mostly shaded route offers a glimpse of the city without the crowds of the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

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Houndstooth Road

316 Church Street, Decatur, GA, 30030

404-220-8957

If you’re a casual cruiser—especially the style-conscious sort who pedals the BeltLine, cappuccino in hand, organic produce in wicker basket—this is your place.

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Peachtree Road Race

3097 East Shadowlawn Avenue (Atlanta Track Club), Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-231-9064

One of the world’s oldest and largest 10K races, there’s no more thrilling Atlanta moment than racing down the city’s main thoroughfare on July 4.

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