Tips from a Trainer: Amber Owens

Though I normally seethe silently at the sight of a brand-new mommy with a slammin’ post-baby body, I can’t hate on Amber Owens. She got back into great shape when her daughter was still teeny-weeny, and she earned her physique.Here, the Atlanta-based trainer, fitness instructor and mother of an almost-two-year-old shares her tips on addressing two tough trouble spots: armpit squish and back fat.

Circus arts: Danger from above

“I don’t mean to sound grim, but people die doing this,” the bald man says, his goateed face looking grave and his legs folded into lotus position.

Exercising in traffic

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.

Watch the Fat Map

No doubt you've heard a lot about the U.S. obesity epidemic. If you're tired of reading about it and just want to see it, check out the CDC's obesity-over-time map, sped up for your viewing pleasure.

Test driving 6 Atlanta nutritionists and personal trainers

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.

Atlanta Derby Brats: Heck on Wheels

The little girl in roller skates and polka-dotted knee socks looks like a newborn giraffe, stumbling, wobbling, never really finding her footing as she tries to scoot around the track.

A la Carte Classes and Yoga Cards

If you’re looking for a way to jump-start a fitness regimen for the new year but don’t want to lock yourself into a membership at a specific gym, consider Cooleaf, a website that allows you to pick classes from more than seventy clubs and studios around the metro area.

Lose money or gain weight?

Would you rather lose $1,000 or gain 20 pounds? A new survey says more than half of Americans would rather lose the cash. Probably because it's a lot harder to eventually lose the weight.

Atlantans figure out ways to exercise in cold weather

Serious exercisers aren't put off by the doom and gloom snow, rain, and sleet hitting Atlanta. They find ways to hit the streets, ride bikes, or lug laundry in order to get their exercise fix.

Getting Stiletto Fit with Gotta Dance Atlanta

When I first told my husband that I planned to take a fitness class in stiletto heels – advertised as a sensual smorgasbord of hip swirls, hair flips and body rolls – his eyes widened. But not for the reason I’d hoped.“Don’t break your ankle,” he implored.So it was with something to prove that I went into Got to Dance Atlanta for their Tuesday night Stiletto Fit class, which focuses on fitness through dance in high heels.

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