Whether it's a long commute or an early shift, 6 a.m. classes aren't early enough for everyone.
Here are four Atlanta studios in varying neighborhoods with early classes worth rising-n-shining for—even if your call time at the office is earlier than most.
91 Church St, Marietta. 678-403-8716.
Beat the traffic from the 'burbs and hit the gym for one of ARH's daily 5 a.m. classes, which range from "Endure," an advanced combo of strength training, HIIT and more, to "Total Body Row," a class that loses most of the props and focuses on the killer exercise that rowing machines offer. Attendees rave about the personalized instruction and emphasis on proper form, making this a great option for those who want to learn from the pros.
Buckhead and Midtown locations.
BLAST has become somewhat of an Atlanta fitness institution, gaining fans for it's intense sprints on the treadmill, killer strength training on the floor, and a fast pace between stations that keeps things interesting. Hit the gym at 5:15 or 5:30 on select weekdays to get this insane calorie-burning routine in the books before your neighbors even hit the snooze button.
3575 Durden Dr NE #202, Brookhaven. 770-837-0051.
Get your competitive juices flowing at the crack of dawn at this Brookhaven fitness studio, which offers classes in kickboxing, yoga and cycling. The spin classes are a particular treat for early risers: the instructors are always upbeat and welcoming, and loud music couples with constant encouragement to make for an environment that pushes students to their limits. If that's not enough, opt into the leader board up front, which allows students to race their fellow classmates throughout the class. Classes begin at 5 a.m.
Atlanta and Dunwoody locations.
This national chain has developed a cult following for its ballet-based workout of tiny, isometric movements and visible results, so it's no wonder they've begun to offer classes for their early bird fans. Many locations offer 55-minue classes as early as 5:30 a.m., allowing an extra 30 minutes to those who don't quite have time to squeeze in a 6 a.m.