By Halen Adair

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Name of fitness facility

Westside Yoga at Park Tavern

Name and length of class

’80s Themed Yoga & Meditation

Name of instructor

Amber Barry

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

You will want to arrive about 10 minutes before class starts to find parking. Park Tavern offers all-day parking for $3. For this specific class, you should wear your best ’80s gear attire if you want to be considered for the free Lululemon outfit prize. They do a different theme every week though so be sure to check out what theme it is for that week prior to going. Be sure to always bring your yoga mat and you can either wear socks or go barefoot for the workout, so no need to wear tennis shoes.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This was a great yoga experience for me. I am pretty new at yoga and Amber’s instruction really got me moving and finding my balance. She took the class through many different yoga poses, pausing for breathing and stretching throughout making the workout comfortable but still challenging. She offered many modifications for some of the newer members so I never felt intimidated or like I couldn’t complete the workout. You can really choose the difficulty of your own workout with this class, so any level yogi is welcomed!

Beginners and yogis alike stand in a proud mountain pose.

Beginners and yogis alike stand in a proud mountain pose.

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

The muscle groups targeted were like many other yoga workouts. You are working your core muscles to build strength, flexibility, and coordination for an hour. It also helps to focus on your breathing the whole way through so you maintain energy and balance.

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Amber took the class in a time warp back to the 1980s with her awesome updo and neon pink shirt. Many members of the class followed suit bringing their A game on all things the ’80s. Just think leotards, high ponies, neon colors and of course leg warmers! Such a great atmosphere, and with over 40 people joining in, the class was full of energy. Amber’s music selection was perfect for the ‘80s theme. She played Journey, Earth, Wind, and Fire and more! It was a blast from the past.

How did you feel before, during, and after the workout?

The class cools down with light floor stretching and meditation.

The class cools down with light floor stretching and meditation.

Before I started the workout, I was pretty tired but right when I walked in the doors of Park Tavern, I couldn’t help but get excited. The ’80s theme made everything so much more fun and I really loved how everyone in class would sing along. The yoga workout itself was challenging but nothing a beginner couldn’t modify and master. Towards the end of the class, we did lots of stretching and ended with a 5 minute silent meditation that really helped me relax probably for the first time that day.

Afterward, everyone from the class was invited to enjoy a free beer or glass of champagne downstairs at the Park Tavern restaurant and many took advantage. There was also an ice skating rink and a delicious food menu, so I helped myself to some tater tots. Yum!

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

My favorite part about the workout was the atmosphere. The upstairs facility at Park Tavern is beautiful with tons of windows and tall ceilings. The music was funky and uplifting and everyone’s’ choice of attire was so great to see. I loved how everyone decked out for the occasion and really brought the theme of the ’80s together.

Enjoying a free glass of champagne by the fire after class.

Enjoying a free glass of champagne by the fire after class.

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

’80s Themed Yoga & Meditation at Park Tavern with Westside Yoga was so much fun. You will not want to miss their next event on February 11th at Park Tavern for Hip Hop Night. Be sure to rock your best hip hop gear for a chance to win prizes from Lululemon. You won’t want to miss out on this!

Details: 500 10th St. NE., Atlanta; WestsideYoga.com‎

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Instructor Jenna Hagen, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Instructor Jenna Hagen, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

By Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility

Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy

Name and length of class

Group Reformer Level 1 – 55 Minutes

Name of instructor

Jenna Hagen

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

If this is your first time at Stability, arrive at least five minutes before class starts to fill out paperwork. Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothes and socks. Sticky socks are highly recommended because tennis shoes are not worn during class.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

Even though this workout is a Level 1, you are still being challenged the whole time by using a machine called a reformer. The best thing about using this machine is that you get to stretch and work on your flexibility while simultaneously toning your muscles. This was my first time on a reformer and I really enjoyed learning all the different workouts that are possible with just one machine. Jenna helped me adjust my reformer after each exercise to ensure I was able to keep up with the rest of the group!

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

The major benefits of this class are building your strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance for the full 55 minutes. You have to use core muscle groups to accomplish the workout and focus on your breathing.

The Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy Studio

The Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy Studio

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Jenna took the time to go over all the positions and moves with me throughout the class. She taught me how to position myself as well as how to adjust and utilize the reformer to get the best out of each movement. The ambiance of the studio is a very relaxing, family vibe, which made me feel right at home. Many of the people in my class were raving about how Stability has helped them greatly improve their quality of life by relieving chronic pain, healing old injuries and more.

How did you feel before, during, and after the workout?

During the class, I was educated, challenged, and motivated. Jenna made sure the exercises accomplished a full-body workout—we are talking core (lots of crunches), legs (lots of using your legs to push you up and down on the reformer), arms (think bicep and tricep curls using your body weight) and much more. When I left, I felt very stretched, toned and loose. I am so thankful that I was able to do an introduction class at Stability because now I think I’m hooked on Pilates!

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

My favorite part about the Level 1 class was the use of the reformer. It’s actually really fun using your legs to push you up and down and learning about all of the different mechanisms the reformer has to offer.

Instructor Jenna Hagen, associate publisher Patti Stephens

Instructor Jenna Hagen, associate publisher Patti Stephens

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

Going to Stability Pilates & Physical Training will greatly improve your life by giving you better posture, more fluid movement, and even relieving back pain. I would highly recommend giving Stability a shot if you are looking to get in better shape and get more in touch with your body. The studio provides state-of-the-art equipment and wonderful instructors who care deeply about their clients. They also offer one-on-one sessions and physical therapy to ensure your body is taken care of to the best of their ability.

Details: 5975 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30328; StabilityAtlanta.com

 

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By Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility

Total Row Fitness

Best Self staffer Wyndi Kappes, Instructor Courtney Stone,  Best Self  staffer Halen Adair

(L TO R) Best Self staffer Wyndi Kappes, Instructor Courtney Stone, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Name and length of class

TR45 Watermark Challenge- 45 Minutes

Name of instructor

Courtney Stone

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

Make sure to arrive 5 minutes prior to class to find your row station. It will also be helpful to arrive early so you can listen to the overview of the schedule for the next 45 minutes.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This workout is so much fun. Even though it was challenging, I found myself loving it all the way through. The watermark row machines are great because you get to push your body using 60% of your legs’ power, 20% of your core, and 20% of your upper body.  But trust me when I tell you, you’ll be feeling burn, 100% of the workout. Tuesday was their “Upper Body” workout day, so after we completed our time on our row, we utilized a TRX Suspension system, used kettlebells for overhead presses and bicep curls, and also did different plank variations. This was my first time using a watermark row machine and our instructor Courtney was super helpful and motivating.

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

This workout targets your entire body working 90% of your muscles on every stroke. Since Tuesday was their “Upper Body” focus, we definitely worked extra hard on toning up that area.

Instructor Courtney Stone

Instructor Courtney Stone

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Courtney showed me how to position my legs correctly on the machine and went over how to work the machine’s screens we used throughout the workout. She had a great music selection, mostly rap hits that kept me smiling and singing along all the way to the end. Near the end of the class, we did some great stretching on the machines and finished the class with Courtney passing Lavender infused cold towelettes. Everyone at the studio was so friendly and cheered each other on to keep going, especially when we were doing our plank challenge.

How did you feel before, during, and after the workout?

Before I started the workout, I was feeling pretty sluggish from the long work day. Thankfully, Courtney’s energy completely changed my outlook and after 5 minutes from walking in, I was ready to row! During the workout, the rowing felt kind of strange because it was something I had never done before. Courtney corrected my form and after a few minutes, I was rowing like a champ! I loved that the workout had you move on and off the machine so you could focus on different parts of your body. The workout never got boring or repetitive and it was really fun to be able to monitor challenging myself using the screens on the machine.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

My favorite part about the TR45 Watermark Challenge class is the actual challenge. This workout by no means is easy, but because of the layout it remains fresh and exciting the whole way through. Courtney’s energy and music playlist was also one of my favorite parts of the evening. I swear I haven’t smiled this much EVER while dripping in sweat.

Instructor Courtney Stone, studio owner Elliott Smith

(L to R) Instructor Courtney Stone, studio owner Elliott Smith

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

Total Row Fitness welcomes everyone into their intimate studio space. From their great, ever-changing workout classes to their state-of-the-art rowing machines, I would absolutely recommend anyone who lives in the Buckhead area to check this place out. You won’t ever want to leave!

Details: 3655 Roswell Rd #204, Atlanta, GA 30342; TotalRowFitness.com 

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By Halen Adair

Atlanta Best Media founder Sherri Adair, instructor Shalondra Dahunsi, and Motherhood Unstressed blogger Lizzie Carlile

Atlanta Best Media founder Sherri Adair, instructor Shalondra Dahunsi, and Motherhood Unstressed blogger Lizzie Carlile

Name of fitness facility

Concourse Athletic Club

Name and length of class

Sivananda Yoga- 1 hour 15 minutes

Name of instructor

Shalondra Dahunsi

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

Arrive about 10 minutes before class to grab your mat and towel and find a place on the floor. No shoes are necessary for this class so make sure to bring socks (if you wish)!

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This workout is the perfect way to reset and refresh. Throughout the workout, you are stretching and doing different yoga poses that focus on your strength and your flexibility. Planks are used throughout this workout, but Shalondra makes sure it’s just the right amount to where you are getting a good amount of workout without all the stress added to the body. I am not a big yogi so anything yoga is pretty new to me. Shalondra’s Sivananda class is designed for every level yogi from advanced to beginners. There is also a wide range of ages and lots of males who also use this class as a retreat away from home and the other more high-intensity workouts the concourse classes have to offer.

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

Sivananda yoga targets your full body. You have to use a lot of your core muscle groups to stay balanced, especially doing the three-legged dog! You also use alot of breathing techniques to help you remain focus and level.

Motherhood Unstressed blogger Lizzie Carlile stretching towards the sky.

Motherhood Unstressed blogger Lizzie Carlile stretching towards the sky.

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Shalondra is one of my favorite instructors. Her positive, calm energy radiates throughout the class. She always brings the best music, very calm and peaceful. She also brought along her aromatherapy so accents of lavender filled the room. There’s also a part of Sivananda at the end where she allows everyone to put a towel over them for warmth and leads a meditation for about 10 minutes. It’s an amazing way to really take the stress out of every part of your body and find your sense of calm which truly is the essence of this class.

How did you feel before, during, and after the workout?

Before this class, I had just done another class the Concourse provides called, “Cardio Conditioning”. So, I was exhausted and my muscles were already stiffening. This class couldn’t have been a better way for my body to loosen and heal. During Sivananda, my body was tested but not too an extreme. This class is more about focusing on your different muscle groups and creating an awareness of your body whereas other workouts are more go go go. It’s such a nice change of scene, and my body is certainly thanking me for going. After the workout, a calming feeling took over me. I felt so refreshed and ready to take on the week ahead!

For a full recap of the class watch our Facebook live with Atlanta Best Media founder, Sherri Adair,  instructor Shalondra Dahunsi, and Motherhood Unstressed blogger Lizzie Carlile here.

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What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

My favorite part about the workout was the stretching components Shalondra shared. After my crazy week of trying all these new workouts, my body was in dire need of a relax and reset. The music selection along with the lavender essential oil was the perfect pair to a beautiful and calming experience.

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

Instructor Shalondra Dahunsi enjoys a moment of reflection.

Instructor Shalondra Dahunsi enjoys a moment of reflection.

If you are new to yoga or just looking for a nice escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, this is a workout you do not want to miss. Shalondra is an amazing instructor who cares deeply about her practice and students. Sivananda is a great class for people who need time for reflection, meditation and discovery of self awareness. I would highly recommend giving Sivananda a try, even if you’re a new yogi such as myself. You will always be welcomed in Shalondra’s class with open arms and open hearts. Namaste.

Details: 8 Concourse Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; Wellbridge.com/Concourse-Athletic-Club

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By Wyndi Kappes

(L to R) Best Self staffer Wyndi Kappes, owner Amber Monson, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

(L to R) Best Self staffer Wyndi Kappes, owner Amber Monson, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility

Sky Gym

Name and length of class

Intro to Aerial Dance / 1 Hour

Name of instructor

Amber Monson

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

The area around the gym has ample parking so just arrive 10 minutes or so before your first class begins to fill out a waiver. I would also suggest wearing a close-fitting shirt and leggings so you don’t have to worry about adjusting your garments during inversions.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

The best part about this workout is that it doesn’t feel like a workout at all! With all the fun you can have swinging on the different apparatuses, it feels more like you are a kid playing at the circus rather than an adult doing a hardcore workout. I have been to an intro aerial class before and only learned a few intro moves on the long aerial silks. I loved that Amber took the time to walk us through not just the silks but three other apparatuses (aerial sling, trapeze, and lyra) as well. To get a taste of what this was like watch the video below where she briefly describes each.

https://www.facebook.com/BestSelfAtlanta/videos/273927853300453/

The class overall consisted of five stages where we stretched, learned technique, practiced honing our grip and hold, swinging and executing moves, and finally using the aerial silks to flip upside down!

What was the hardest part of the workout?

Having to consistently balance while executing moves on the different apparatuses engages every part of your body. The isometric workout is very challenging and technique focused. I found it difficult gaining the grip, core, and arm strength necessary to stay lifted on the apparatus. This is definitely something you would build up to as you went along.

Atlanta Best Media founder Sherri Adair doing an inversion.

Atlanta Best Media founder Sherri Adair doing an inversion.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

My favorite part of the workout was the last part when we went through inversions. This part let my arms take a break for a second and I had a blast flipping upside down and just hanging there!

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

I would say to go into this workout with an attitude looking to have a lot of fun. Because of my lack of core and arm strength, I couldn’t execute all the moves perfectly but Amber did a great job of encouraging me and providing fun moves that were within my limits. It was exciting to think of all I could accomplish with a little practice toning my core and arm muscles. Watch below for a preview from Amber as to what higher level moves you can advance towards!

Amber Monson previews a routine

Details: 6780 Roswell Rd. NE., Ste. D100, Sandy Springs, GA 30328; AerialSilksAtlanta.com

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By Halen Adair

(L to R) Instructor Merrick LaLiberte, Best Self staffer Halen Adair, co-owner Rebecca Shoemaker

(L to R) Instructor Merrick LaLiberte, Best Self staffer Halen Adair, co-owner Rebecca Shoemaker

Name of fitness facility

Pure Barre Atlanta – Buckhead

Name and length of class

Pure Reform / 50 minutes

Name of instructor

Merrick LaLiberte

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Be sure to bring socks, pants that cover your knees (for protection) and a water bottle—they will supply you with everything else! If you are a first-timer, arriving early is especially important so that the instructors are able to tell you about the different modifications you may need to use throughout the class. Also, they will be there to help you set up your station and explain the equipment to you.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This full-body workout is very challenging and technique focused. You use two types of resistance bands, one is called an “upper tube” and the other is a “lower tube,” along with two slider disks. This workout doesn’t compare to many other workouts I have done, but that is what I loved about it. This class makes you listen to your body and hone in on those problem spots, or as Merrick would call them, “pockets,” that you hardly focus on during other workouts.

Merrick illustrates exercises as the rest of the class follows along.

Merrick illustrates exercises as the rest of the class follows along.

What was the hardest part of the workout?

Concentrating on those weaker muscles. I am no amateur at working out, but after leaving Pure Reform, I found about three new muscles I never even knew I had.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

There was absolutely no pressure to keep up with everyone in the class, which allows you to decide your own level. There was also a great selection of funky dance music and toward the end of the workout, they dim the lights so you can relax.

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

Pure Barre was such an amazing experience and I am proud of myself for finishing such a difficult class. The studio is super chic and has an adorable selection of merchandise to choose from and plenty of parking outside.

A sunny welcome from the Pure Barre Buckhead staff.

A sunny welcome from the Pure Barre Buckhead staff.

I would highly recommend giving Pure Barre a try, especially if you have ballet, dance, or gymnastics experience. This will be right up your alley! And even if you don’t have a background in any of those things (like myself), you will be welcomed with open arms and you will get one of the best workouts of your life in less than an hour. You can’t beat that!

Details: 3145 Peachtree Rd. NE., #169, Atlanta, GA 30305; PureBarre.com/Ga-Atlanta

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By Halen Adair

(L to R) Owner and trainer Chris Romano, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

(L to R) Owner and trainer Chris Romano, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Name of fitness facility

Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Name and length of class

CrossFit / 1 hour

Name of instructor

Chris Romano, CSCS

What do attendees need to know before class starts?

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before class starts to stretch and warm-up with a resistance band and PVC pipe. Chris (or any other instructor) will show you how to stretch out your shoulders and warm up your legs if you need assistance.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?

This was my first time doing a CrossFit class so I was a little worried about what to expect. The workout consisted of three sections. Section one focused on doing reps of five front squats using a barbell. You do five sets, each time adding weight to the end of the bar. I never did this type of squat before so Chris paid special attention to ensure that my weight wasn’t too heavy but that it was still challenging for me. He also gave me great pointers on my form and told me how to make the most of each of round of reps.

Assault AirBikes and various CrossFit equipment.

Assault AirBikes and various CrossFit equipment.

The second section was a full-body burn—more like scorch! During this part, we utilized an Assault AirBike (you had to burn six calories before moving on to the next exercise), did 20 bicycle crunches, and 10 box jumps. Oh, and not to mention, you have to do this all 10 times! After the 10 sets were completed, my shirt was drenched—but the fun didn’t stop there. For the final section, we went back to the barbells for bicep curls. Twelve reps and eight sets later, I completed my very first CrossFit experience.

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?

This was a full-body, interval training workout. Although we got in a good amount of arm strengthening at the end of the workout, I definitely felt the burn in my lower body (read: legs) after the class was over.

(L to R) Owner and trainer Chris Romano, his son Alex,  Best Self staffer Halen Adair

(L to R) Owner and trainer Chris Romano, his son Alex, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?

Chris kept everyone moving through the sets and he made sure I was accountable for each rep. He continuously pushed us to keep going and even had his son, Alex, as his little helper. After every set, Alex walked around and handed everyone a poker chip. Once you collect 10 poker chips, you’re done.

How did you feel before, during, and after the workout?

As my second workout of 2019, I really enjoyed the focus on my legs and biceps. While I still got a full-body workout, it was nice to take time to tone those areas.  Chris and everyone at the gym made sure I felt like part of the family as soon as I stepped through the door. My new friend, George, helped me keep my squats in check. Did I mention that George is 74? That’s right, people of all ages are welcome to visit Atlanta Strength & Conditioning. The family atmosphere Chris and his clients create makes you want to come back for years to come.

What was the hardest part of the workout?

The most difficult part of my workout was learning how to do the front squats. It takes time to master the technique that goes into making sure you get the best results while keeping your body safe.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?

The entire workout was awesome and effective because I was able to burn calories and tone key muscle groups. But, my favorite part overall was just having fun with the Atlanta Strength & Conditioning team. Laughing makes everything better (yes, even box jumps!) and cheering for your fellow workout comrades keeps the energy up and motivation strong. Although I was challenged every step of the way with this workout, I also had amazing support. I really appreciated Chris and his clients.

Weight equipment at Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Weight equipment at Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?

If you haven’t already, check out Atlanta Strength & Conditioning if you think you could be interested in trying CrossFit—even if you are a beginner. Chris also offers personal training, which is a huge part of the business model for Atlanta Strength & Conditioning. This gym is designed to help you succeed and reach every single goal you have when it comes to your body. It won’t be easy, but with the support that this gym’s atmosphere provides, and a CSCS certified instructor like Chris, it will be worth it.

Details: 1642 Powers Ferry Rd., Ste. 100, Marietta, GA 30067, AtlantaSC.com

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Dr. Neal Patel

Dr. Neal Patel

By Jennifer Colosimo
Photography by Krys Alex Photography LLC

Turn to Dr. Marc Greenstein and Dr. Neal Patel for comprehensive care. At their new Advanced Urology office, they use the latest technology to resolve bladder and prostate issues, and erectile dysfunction. Their patients experience faster recovery and higher success rates. 

The conditions associated with urology aren’t common topics of conversation. The truth is, those who suffer from them can be left feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. An even harder truth is that many people believe the symptoms of conditions such as an overactive bladder, incontinence, enlarged prostate or erectile dysfunction (ED) are just a natural part of aging, but they create habits that can quickly take over your life, robbing men and women—and their families—of their quality of life.

Dr. Marc Greenstein and Dr. Neal Patel joined forces to open the newest location of Advanced Urology in Sandy Springs to punch holes in these truths: to educate patients that these conditions are not normal, that you don’t have to be embarrassed, and that they can fix it. Not only does this new location broaden the brand’s reputation for one-stop, patient-centered, cutting-edge urology care to the residents of Atlanta’s northside, but it gives patients and referring physicians more advanced options to diagnose and successfully treat their conditions, without a lifetime of medicine or major surgery.

DR. MARC GREENSTEIN WITH COLLEAGUES

Dr. Marc Greenstein with Colleagues

“Being close to Northside Hospital, which has a very well-established robotics program, we will be able to offer some of the latest and greatest technology, as far as robotics for both benign urologic disease as well as cancer,” says Dr. Greenstein, on the heels of 15 years in private practice in New Jersey. “We offer new advanced techniques to treat things like an enlarged prostate and an overactive bladder; and we believe in helping people improve their lifestyle, providing preventative therapies that don’t require them to be on medicine for the rest of their lives.”

“We can get you to sleep through the night, we can get your symptoms under control and give you definitive treatment that will last,” says Dr. Patel, who moved to the area from

Los Angeles, where he was completing a fellowship in advanced robotics at the University of Southern California. “We want to optimize the inside of the body so we can prepare men and women for the next part of their lives, so that they’re not worrying about this when they’re much older.”

BACK ROW, (L TO R): Jaimie Buccellato, Schlon Metts, Cynthia Regaldo, Naty Nunez, Joyce Alvarez, Nicole Fraser,(FRONT ROW, L TO R): Ashley Rodriguez, Dr. Marc Greenstein, Dr. Neal Patel, Sarah Nayebosadri

BACK ROW, (L TO R): Jaimie Buccellato, Schlon Metts, Cynthia Regaldo, Naty Nunez, Joyce Alvarez, Nicole Fraser,(FRONT ROW, L TO R): Ashley Rodriguez, Dr. Marc Greenstein, Dr. Neal Patel, Sarah Nayebosadri

The result? High success rates earned through a joint effort to execute advanced comprehensive testing and streamlined treatment plans. They’re able to relieve the embarrassing and burdening symptoms of having an overactive bladder and incontinence, treat enlarged prostates unlike ever before and solve any case of ED that walks in the door, potentially linking it to heart conditions, stroke, diabetes, or a previous surgery, and start to improve quality of life from there.

“We do appropriate comprehensive diagnostic testing, we do a thorough exam of their medical history, and we take the time to educate the patient on why they might have ED,” says Dr. Patel. “A lot of other people aren’t doing that, and we pride ourselves in making sure that our patients understand everything that’s going on with their bodies.”

Screen Shot 2019-01-03 at 12.47.18 PM“That’s what is great about this field,” he adds. “In urology, we can enact significant, positive change in people’s lives very quickly. Even when it comes to cancer, with our screening measures and our protocols, we can give patients a good chance of a lifelong cure.”

When the doctors aren’t aiding patients, they enjoy taking advantage of the city’s amenities. Dr. Greenstein lives in the area and can often be found working out at CrossFit Perimeter, dining at Rumi’s Kitchen, or sampling a new sushi spot.

AdvancedUrology.com, 1450 S. Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Sandy Springs. 404-800-4280.

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By Halen Adair

(L to R) Owner and instructor Ashley Francis,  Best Self staffer Halen Adair

(L to R) Owner and instructor Ashley Francis, Best Self staffer Halen Adair

Name of Fitness Facility
Turn Studio

Name and length of class
Performance45 – 45 Minutes

Name of instructor
Ashley Francis

What do attendees need to know before class starts?
Plan to arrive 20 minutes before class starts. Upon arrival, you will receive a tour of the facility. If you don’t have spin shoes, don’t worry. Just be sure to bring a pair of socks with you and then you’ll be given a complimentary pair of shoes for class. You will also need to adjust your bike to ensure a safe and comfortable ride. If you need help, just flag the instructor who will give you a hand.

How would you describe this workout? How does it compare to similar classes you’ve taken?
The workout was great! It checked all the boxes for me. It was challenging, stimulating, high energy, and filled with people who really know how to WORK IT! I have done many spin classes in the past but Ashley, who is also the owner, truly pushes you to do your best.

The class has different spin phases. You will spend time standing up and pedaling, then cranking up the resistance, taking a break, and then trying to pedal as fast as you can. Each phase is designed to test your limits. I can easily say that I haven’t had this much sweat come out of my pores in a spin class EVER, so be sure to bring a water bottle and to use their towels! I loved that after the workout everyone was treated to a cold washcloth infused with scented oils. It’s perfect for cooling down!

What muscle groups did this class work the most? Was it a great workout for your abs, butt, arms, etc.?
This was a full-body, cardio workout. It felt like my legs, arms, and abs were being tested the entire time. I will definitely feel it in the morning!

Did the instructor do anything to make the class extra special?
Ashley told motivating stories and gave the class time for self-reflection throughout the workout. The music was seriously on point and the lights in the studio were amazing. I felt like I was at a dance party at times. It was so awesome.

TURN - Chelsea PatriciaHow did you feel before, during, and after the workout?
This was my first workout of 2019 and it did not disappoint. I came in a little nervous but Ashley made sure I was well prepared. During the workout, I felt a sense of empowerment. Ashley made sure this was a time for self-care and didn’t let us quit on ourselves. After the workout, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I completed something very challenging, which was extremely rewarding for my mind and body.

What was the hardest part of the workout?
The hardest part for me was keeping my wattage (the amount of energy you exert on the bike) up and continuing to push through.

What was the most enjoyable part of the workout?
I really enjoyed the whole workout, but I would say my favorite part was Ashley’s awesome music selection. The tunes ranged from high-energy electronic dance music to old-school rap songs. The beats kept everyone motivated and made class super fun. I also loved the overall energy of the class—everyone there was very friendly and ready to push themselves!

Any other feedback you’d like to give about this workout?
I would absolutely recommend giving TURN a try. The facility is simply amazing and has everything you need (think free protein bars at the GOLD Bar beverage station) and so much more to ensure that you have the best experience possible. The entire studio has a beautiful gold-and-white color scheme and the women’s locker room has showers and a great selection of all-natural body care products. Give TURN a chance to turn your 2019 goals into reality. You will not be disappointed!

Details: 6405 Blue Stone Rd, Ste. 220/230, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, TurnStudio.com

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Welcome to 30 Days of Fitness 2019!

The new year is almost here! Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions by following along with our 30 Days of Fitness blog and social media series.

Beginning Jan. 2, the Atlanta Best Media team will participate in a variety of fitness classes and activities – one per day – around Atlanta. Staff members will take turns visiting the newest gyms along with experiencing tried-and-true workouts, getting a diverse view of the fitness options in our city. As we complete each day of fitness, we’ll blog and post about it to let you know where to go and what to expect from each gym or workout class.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to catch each update, or bookmark this post, where we’ll update the blog post links each day as we go through the month.

If you’ve tried these workouts as well or have favorites of your own, tell us about them in the comments or on social media with #30DaysofFitness!

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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