As women get older, we tend to pack on pounds around the hips and thighs. Next thing you know you have a belly roll of fat. In our experience, the added weight isn’t the problem, but rather the massive energy drain the extra weight requires. Two years ago I was really depressed because I had gained a lot of weight after my second pregnancy. My energy levels were down. I retreated to the couch with snacks to cry my worries away until my friend gave me a kick in the butt and kept needling me until I gave in to a fitness lifestyle.
The map below is a map of my fitness journey in Atlanta. These places are all within the center of the city, and all have something special for a woman looking to get in shape.
Pure Barre Atlanta – Chastain
This is a great gym, full of friendly people. The owner, Vonda, is a delight. They offer ballet barre, yoga, Pilates, and weight training. When you go here, you’ll find not just a fantastic, low-impact but complete workout, you’ll also find a wonderful community. My home away from home.
Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
If swimming is more your cup of tea for a good workout, if doing laps is a part of your training, or if you just fancy a dip every now and then, this is the place to go. It’s women friendly and family friendly, so you and your kids can all get in shape doing laps in the pool. They have a 15-minute adults only rule, which is great for giving parents and the little ones a break every hour.
The facility has a lap pool with four lanes, lockers and shower rooms, and swimming lessons. If you need to refuel, you can hang out at the landscaped deck and order from the snack bar.
This is a nice park that offers free workouts for women. But everyone can enjoy getting fit here. There is a walking/running track, a tennis court, an indoor pool, and an exercise zone.
There are many free classes throughout the week offered in various locations along the trail of the BeltLine. Yoga, women weights, self-defense, boot camps, and aerobics are just a few. You can even rent bikes and pedal around or join a guided walking tour.
Murphey Candler Park
The annual 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race happens near here. It is a nice big, secure park with plenty of sporty things. There’s a swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields, and trails. Women can feel safe here, and it is a popular place for families too.
Athleta (Lenox Square location)
They sell women sports clothes, offer free weekly yoga and kickboxing, and they are a great source of information about fitness in the area. They also offer special fitness events every now and then.