Sleek Body Method studio owner and trainer Tracy Holtzmann, center, teaches a boot camp class, Monday, at her Soulard studio, Dec. 23, 2013, in St. Louis.(Stephanie S. Cordle/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

4 best fitness classes for plus-size women to try in metro Atlanta

Whether you're happy with your size and curves and seeking a fun or judgment-free workout, or want to focus on losing a few pounds in the process, here are four options in metro Atlanta:

Classes at Bikram Yoga Marietta
80 Powers Ferry Road SE, Marietta. 770-578-6555.

A wonderful introduction to the benefits of yoga or a great place to get back with it for those with some experience, Bikram Yoga actively seeks women of all sizes. The website reminds women not to fall prey to the idea of getting in shape before coming to class.
Other benefits of yoga for plus-size women include everything from the gains in flexibility to the fat burned and metabolism jump-started. Most importantly, Bikram instructors say that those who practice yoga are expected only to approach each posture to the best of their ability for 100 percent benefit.

And no pressure! Each person in a yoga class will be too busy maintaining their own moves to look at you!

GetFit Belly Dance at Atlanta Belly Dance
Atlanta and Marietta locations.
Yes, this is a serious option! According to ABD's website, "Belly dancing is for all women: all sizes, shapes and ages. Any woman who has the desire to learn and explore one of the most ancient, feminine, and beautiful forms of dance in the world is welcome to join our classes." And while some of the classes are traditional, many are designed for "GetFit" participants.
T.E.A.M. Weight Loss at Woodstock Lifetime Fitness
14200 Hwy 92, Woodstock. 770-926-7544.
This is a great option for plus-size ladies who would like group support for taking off a bit of weight. The T.E.A.M. Weight Loss program runs for 12 weeks, three times a week. It provides nutritional guidance, attention from a personal trainer and most encouraging, group fitness with 9-18 peers who are also trying to take off some pounds.

Pole dance classes at Pole Dance 411
475 Moreland Ave SE, 404-622-4110.

In addition to being good exercise, pole dancing boosts self-confidence. Pole Dance 411 confirms that its studio classes are filled with women of every shape, size and personality. It offers numerous pole fit, lap fit and twerk fit classes, along with Zumba.

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