Are you one of the thousands of people who made a New Year’s resolution? The first month of the year is coming to a close. So have you stuck with that goal to get fit, lower your cholesterol and tone your abs?
If you haven’t, the teachers and trainers at Paul R. Smith Fitness Center want to help you reach your goal — and they can even make it fun along the way.
Spanning more than 100,000 square feet, the gym includes three basketball courts, two pools, two racquetball courts, a spa, a rock climbing wall and a massage therapy room. And of course, there’s plenty of workout equipment: treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals, stair steppers, exercise balls, free weights, mats and a variety of strength training machines.
And if working out with others motivates you, you’re in luck. There are more than 20 fitness classes available at Smith, so you don’t have to limit your fitness routine to squats and lunges. Some of these routines center on cardio training while others stress strength.
A few are appropriate for children, too. Here’s a rundown:
Aqua Aerobics and Aqua Zumba: Gentle on joints but tough on muscles with under-water weights. The Zumba version of this class adds the element of dance to achieve the same effect.
Butts & Guts and Guts & Glutes: Zeroes in on problem areas. These classes are good for beginners since light weights are used. Guts & Glutes also targets back muscles. Belly Dance, Zumba and Family Zumba: Use belly dancing and salsa respectively to achieve a thorough cardiovascular workout. Family Zumba is great for all ages.
Pilates, Yoga, Family Yoga, Power Yoga and Centered Being Yoga: De-stress from a day at work, school or home. All four classes stress flexibility and strength, but the latter adds the element of Vinyasa, a holistic approach to yoga that focuses on breathing and positive visualization.
Lunch Time Step and Saturday Step: A step class to fit in your 45-minute lunch break or a full hour on the weekend.
B.L.A.S.T.: Stands for butts, legs, arms and strength training. Concentrate on cardio and strength with interval training to tone your entire body.
3 Cubed: Work on your core, cardio and muscle toning in three-minute intervals.
Power Flex: Quick-paced workout that stresses endurance and helps participants develop muscle.
Spin: Grab an exercise bike and go. Enjoy excellent cardio benefits and low impact on your knees while staying energized from the dynamic group atmosphere.
Step & Sculpt: A step class with a twist: strength training interspersed with cardio.
Total Body Training: It’s not just cardio and strength but everything else that makes a person fit, from speed and balance to adroitness and flexibility.
Class instructors often use elements such as music to motivate the group. They’re good at not only explaining how to do the exercise but encouraging you along the way.
If you’d like a more personalized fitness regimen, try a personal trainer, someone who can map an exercise plan to meet your specific goals. During the orientation, your trainer will measure body fat, discuss your nutrition and goals and test skill levels.
Of course, you can get fit playing basketball or volleyball in the gym, doing a lap around the pool or climbing the rock wall. Check out equipment, such as CrossFit, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs and climbing gear for free from the front desk.
While you’re getting fit, you can learn, too. The Red Cross teaches swimming classes periodically in the pool area, and Smith offers climbing certification courses free of charge.
Call 706-545-4388 with questions or stop by the gym at Building 2874 on the corner of Eckel Street and Dixie Road. It’s open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.