Day 3 of Fitness – Yoga at Atlanta Fitness

by Best Self account executive: Carmen

Atlanta FitnessSometimes a specialty workout studio isn’t the best fit for your workout needs, and you need a place to go that offers you a variety of classes and equipment options. Atlanta Fitness is one of those places, and that’s where our account executive Carmen takes regular yoga classes. She and other members can choose from Zumba, Les Mills classes like BodyPump and BodyFlow, aerobics classes geared at seniors, personal training sessions, or solo workouts on the provided cardio and weight equipment.

For the third workout of our 30 Days of Fitness, Carmen took a 60-minute intermediate yoga class with instructor Jackie Kaminer at Atlanta Fitness’ Crabapple Road location. Here’s what she had to say about the workout:

Jackie Kaminer, yoga instructor

Jackie Kaminer, yoga instructor

Before the workout, I felt tired from a long day of work and the after effects of the holidays. Once the class got going, though, I felt invigorated. The toughest part for me were the balancing poses, but Jackie, the instructor, usually provides two or three variations per pose to make it easier or more difficult, depending on your skill level. She also changes up the routine from class to class to focus on different parts of the body. By the end of this class, I was relaxed and more focused thanks to the relaxation time at the end. Jackie also ends each class with an inspirational quote, which helps me stay motivated to keep coming back.

If you’d like to take a class with Jackie or explore your other fitness options at this gym, visit their website at The club has five locations, and the monthly membership fee is very affordable, averaging about $28 a month depending on the location.


Details: 12315 Crabapple Road, Alpharetta, GA, (770) 360-9997,,


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Day 2 of Fitness – Vinyasa Flow at Atlanta Hot Yoga

by Best Self publisher: Sherri

Best Self Atlanta publisher Sherri Adair at Atlanta Hot Yoga

Best Self Atlanta publisher Sherri Adair at Atlanta Hot Yoga

For the second day of 30 Days of Fitness, I went to a hot yoga class at Atlanta Hot Yoga in Vinings. Before the workout, I felt kind of tired and sleepy because it was 6 a.m., but I was determined to kick my fitness into a higher gear in the New Year, so I was happy just to get there. Since it was a rainy, nasty, cold morning, hot yoga seemed like the perfect workout to do. What really makes this class different from traditional yoga–and perfect for a cold day–is the heated room. The temperature is in the 90s, so a class like this warms you right up. Just make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after class, since you’ll sweat more than when you’re doing regular yoga. And try not to be intimidated by the notion of “hot” yoga. Remember, you go at your own pace, and if it ever feels like too much, you can simply leave and try again.

As we started class and my blood started to flow, I quickly shifted from sleepy and sloth-like to the awakening of my body through breath and the challenge of engaging my muscles. The hardest part of the workout was moving through the more challenging balance poses. The most enjoyable part of the hour-long class was the peaceful ending and knowing that I had done my best. I definitely felt challenged and a little rusty, but it was a great way to kick off the New Year. I also felt really cleansed after this class, thanks to sweating it out in the heated room.

Carly Grace Hinchman - yoga instructor

Carly Grace Hinchman - yoga instructor

The instructor, Carly Grace Hinchman, was fantastic. She is one of the best instructors I’ve had for hot yoga. I have found that with most classes, it is not so much about the exercises or movements–instead, the success of the class and the quality of the workout begin and end with the instructor. Carly gave very clear instruction and demonstrations but also let the students know this was our class, our practice and our bodies, and to move at our own pace without fear of judgment.

Drop in to a class for yourself for just $18, and if you’re new to hot yoga, learn more about what to expect from your first class by clicking here. If you find you love this workout, join in Atlanta Hot Yoga’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge starting on February 24!

Details: 2355 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 355-2652,,

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Jay Faber, MD from Amen Clinics Atlanta answers a reader’s question about Brain SPECT Imaging.

dr. jay faber, amen clinicsQ: What is Brain SPECT Imaging?

A: Amen Clinics Atlanta provides Brain SPECT Imaging for patients concerned with brain health issues, including ADD, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety. With SPECT imaging, their board-certified psychiatrists can identify blood flow patterns and make targeted treatment recommendations to optimize a patient’s specific brain.



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All too often, getting food delivered to your house means you’re diving into some greasy takeout, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Plenty of home delivery options can provide healthy food that’s just as convenient as that pizza you were eyeing. Whether you cook from scratch or just want to warm something up, there’s a healthy home delivery option for you.

  • Warm it: Companies like Good Measure Meals and Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine deliver prepared meals that are much healthier than the typical TV dinner. Both of these companies offer wholesome, customizable meals that are delivered fresh, not frozen, so they only take a few minutes to prepare.
  • Make it: If you need a recipe to feel confident with your healthy cooking, then Garnish & Gather or PeachDish may be the home delivery option for you. Garnish & Gather provides you with seasonal recipes from their chefs and all the ingredients you need to make that recipe. All that’s left to do is put it together and enjoy. PeachDish works the same way, but they keep their menus a surprise each week, so your cooking is always an adventure.
  • Create it: For those of you who need nothing more than raw ingredients, try a delivery option like Fresh Harvest. Online, you can customize a bin filled with organic vegetables, fruits and greens sourced from local farmers. Then, let your imagination take over as you create healthy meals from scratch.

Fresh Harvest healthy home delivery option

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Day 1 of Fitness – Indoor Cycling at Flywheel

by Best Self staffer: Flannery

Lindsey Cloninger, Sherri Fregia, employees at Flywheel

Lindsey Cloninger and Sherri Fregia, employees at Flywheel

To kick off the new year, we started our 30 Days of Fitness at Flywheel in Buckhead. I went to the 7:30 a.m. class on New Year’s Day, taught by Jeremy Levison (who was voted Best Indoor Cycling Instructor in our Best of 2013 contest!). I don’t normally work out early in the morning–I’m an after-work kind of girl–but his class promised to be worth it. I arrived at the studio on West Paces Ferry, where there was plenty of accessible parking. Lindsey greeted me and gave me a pair of cycling shoes that clip into the bike’s pedals. This was unexpected! I’ve only ever worn my tennis shoes to cycle, so I was excited to wear a true cycling shoe. I put my regular shoes and my bag in the convenient lockers they provided. Another Flywheel staffer helped me set my bike to the right height, and then the ride began.

The cycling studio was set up almost like a theater–each row of bikes had its own level, higher than the first, so we all had a clear view of the instructor’s bike right in the center. The room was dark, as with most cycling classes, and the music was at a comfortable volume and was a good mix of current Top 40 and classics like Journey. Jeremy’s instruction was enthusiastic and detailed. He regularly let the riders know what resistance and speed we should aim for to get the best workout, and in between direction, he would sometimes sing along to the music. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole class, and the workout was challenging. It ended with light weight training, doing a few easy movements using a small weighted bar while still spinning and cooling down.

Melissa Jacoby, a class participant, and Jeremy Levison, instructor at Flywheel

Melissa Jacoby, a class participant, and Jeremy Levison, instructor at Flywheel

One of the neatest parts of cycling at Flywheel, I thought, was the performance tracking that the instructor will occasionally show on screens in the cycling room. The screens show real-time information about which bikes are performing the highest, which provides a little extra motivation for you to pedal faster and add more resistance. If you cycle there regularly, you could easily keep track of your own performance and set goals for yourself by using that tool.

At the end of the 45-minute ride, I felt pretty worn out–cycling is tough. But regardless of your fitness level, YOU are in charge of the speed you pedal and the amount of resistance you put on your bike. So if you’re thinking about trying cycling, don’t shy away because you think it’s too hard. You can make your ride as manageable as you need, and as your legs and heart get stronger, you can gradually increase the difficulty until you’re conquering a tough ride with your classmates. Visit Flywheel’s website and sign up for your first class for free!

Flywheel AtlantaDetails: 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Suite A, Atlanta, GA, (678) 702-5684,,


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Image consultant Drew Sisselman gives his best advice about keeping your New Year’s resolutions and finding your perfect style in the new year.

Drew Sisselman, Image ConsultingQ: What resolution did you make this year?

A: I will publish at least one book this year. I plan to do that by writing every day, and if I’m stuck, I’ll do a creativity exercise to stimulate material.

Q: What is a common resolution you hear from people?

A: That they want to update or transform their style or image and reorganize their closet. Others are “I want to meet my soul mate” or “I will change careers.”

Q: Why do you think people fail to keep their resolutions?

A: They’re too focused on the word “resolution” (its inherent pressure or fear of failure) and lose sight of why they are making their resolution, like, “I want to look more fashionable,” or “I’m frustrated trying to figure out what style works for me.”

Q: What is one action a person can take to stick to their resolution?

A: Commit to a fulfillment structure like a coach or specialist in that area to help you realize your goal. Keep something present as a visual inspiration or verbal affirmation.

Q: What advice would you give someone who is struggling?

A: Ask yourself, “What would I feel like if I accomplished that goal?” or more importantly, “How much suffering and frustration have I already endured by not achieving it?”

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Last year’s 30 days of fitness was quite a success. To become part of the list for 2015, email Chela Counts at

Best Self Atlanta 30 Days of Fitness blog seriesAll of us at Best Self Atlanta Magazine wish you a very happy New Year. But this year, we’re going beyond wishing: we’re here to jump start the New Year with you through our 30 Days of Fitness blog series.

Beginning January 1, we will travel around town to participate in a variety of fitness classes and activities – one per day. Our Best Self staff will take turns visiting the newest gyms and the tried-and-true workouts, getting a diverse view of the fitness options in the city. As we complete each day of fitness, we’ll blog about it to let you know where to go and what to expect from each gym or workout class.

Our daily blogs will help you stay inspired to achieve your resolutions, and they’ll give you new ideas of ways to change up your workout routine. Be sure to like us on Facebook to catch each update, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the links as we go through the month.

Below are the links to our posts about each day of fitness. If you’ve tried these workouts as well or have favorites of your own, tell us about them in the comments!

Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

Day 8                     Day 18                    Day 28

Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30


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Jessica Shops Pick of the Month

I was recently invited to try Orangetheory Fitness when they launched in Atlanta, and even better for me, in Sandy Springs. My friends in New York and Los Angeles love this place, and even though the classes sounded tough and competitive I was up for the challenge to reach the “Orange Zone.” The class structure is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, burning up to 500 to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute session. What makes this workout different and highly motivating is each person wears a heart monitor so he/she can follow their heart rates on TV screens throughout the session, with the target goal of reaching the “Orange Zone”, resulting in the Orange Effect — a.k.a. maximum fat burning for up to 36 hours post-workout! Grab your free first class pass on their website

Orangetheory Fitness

For more information about Jessica Dauler, visit

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Hydro-Clinic, BuckheadAfter overindulging during the holidays, sitting through a long flight, or recovering from a nasty cold, you may need a pick-me-up. The new Hydro-Clinic in Buckhead, led by internal medicine physician Dr. Robert Kaufmann, can assess your needs and then administer a minimally invasive hydration treatment through an IV. The treatments last about 30 minutes, and you can enjoy a spa-like environment as you revitalize. Treatments start at $29.

Details: 3872 Roswell Road, Suite A-3, Atlanta, GA,

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Authentic Beauty‘s Alyson Hoag is here with her tips for party-ready holiday makeup to help you look your best this New Year’s Eve.

Alyson Hoag from Authentic BeautyWhat is one way to glam up your makeup for the holiday season?

Try adding a bold lip color. It will always transition you into being party-read! Also think about lash extensions so your lashes always loo gorgeous.

What is the one staple every makeup bag should have?

Lip gloss. I love the Beauty For Real Gloss in my bag because it has an LED light on the wand and a mirror on the packaging. It’s great for touch-ups.

If someone wants to make a big change, what would you recommend?

Try taking an Image Journey and discover what you want to look like. We offer a self-discovery makeup lesson to assist you in having your image be a reflection of your authentic self. Having the clarity of what you want to achieve before shopping for makeup will save you tons of time, money and frustration.

What is a popular makeup trend to try this season?

Metallic shadows with a liquid liner and the highly glamorous look of a strong eye and red lip.


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