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Allison Lee reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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My two year old son and I completed the first session of the miniskillz and he loved it! He looked forward to being a "ninja" every week and had the best time! Every week the class focused on different age appropriate skills (listening, sharing etc.). The teacher, Amanda, is so great! We are looking forward to the next session!

KJ Webb reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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I feel like I have my own personal trainer with the instructors! They are eager to answer questions and to show proper form to keep you from injury.
The Members or WARRIORS are helpful with motivation and a little banter in the class makes it enjoyable!
I wanted something that I could enjoy and get a great workout for someone my age. I needed modifications because of chronic conditions of the neck, back, knee and shoulder issues.
When I walk out of class drenched with sweat and I can barely walk up my stairs because my legs feel like jelly, I know that I have left everything on the mat and I am relaxed!

Alina Morar reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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This Martial Arts Center is the BEST!!! They do so great work, caring, helping, teaching kids. Super professional, super knowledgeable, big hearts and sunny faces :-)! Experts in kids psychology - the most hard and responsible work, I think. My daughter was very scarred and blocked after daycare and dance studio. My mother's heart was in trouble... We found this WONDERFUL school and came here with big hope and .. rainbow entered in our life :-). Atlanta Martial Arts Center helped my baby and learned her to trust, to feel free and safe. They teach to be stronger and smarter. And we parents are very happy knowing that our baby is happy and get so much important things in this school and a lot of fun too :-)). I thank you, Atlanta Skills 4 Kids Martial Art Center, with my mother's heart for your GREAT work and wish you all the best!

Tarya Ellis Johnson reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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My entire family loves Atlanta Taekwondo & Skillz!!! The entire staff is super friendly, knowledgeable, and skilled! My 6 year old son has grown so much in the art of Taekwondo and shown so much maturity after starting classes with them. I highly recommend all Parents interested in their child learning Taekwondo to check Atlanta Taekwondo & Skillz out!

Jill Mashburn reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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I'm so glad I did the 21 Day Primal Challenge. I accomplished the most all encompassing challenge of my life. I thought it would be life changing, and it was, but not just for me, for my whole family. I and up earlier then I used to get up, and feel like I have a purpose and a reason for getting up. The food was a challenge, even though I had cut out bread about 10 months ago, and was cutting out artificial sweeteners, I never tried to cut out all refined sugar and carbs. There is sugar in everything!!! Why?

I was doing a lot of challenges, arm challenge, plank challenge, but I had to slow down on them to focus on the Primal Challenge. It was hard to find food to eat at a few different times during the last 21 days. I fixed meals for my family and chose not to eat them, so what could I eat??!! Salad was my friend, you can put anything on a salad. I say I chose not to eat what was not on the challenge, because I am not allergic to it, but I wanted to stick by my commitment. I really enjoyed the results, after the sugar cloud cleared and I felt so much more focused. The mental changes have been such a plus. I have conscientiously noted things and people in my life for which to be grateful. I enjoy my nightly tea and downtime. I'm still working on "me" and I feel like I didn't get it all worked out. I have lost 8 pounds, and inches from top to bottom, thank goodness! I will continue to maintain so many of these changes for life. I know I will continue growing in journey. My success is on so many levels that's its hard to put them all down in words, but a few things:

Saying "I won't eat that" because I chose not to is empowering.

Learning what I can eat, outside of processed food, is rewarding.

Making an impact in my husband's and son's life by demonstrating a new commitment to improvement is powerful.

I do not want to lose this feeling of purpose and strength, I am so proud of my journey and so much more certain of myself. My choices are mine, and I have to be committed to myself. Now, off to do squats and pushups.

Gloria Palmer reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
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The 21-day challenge came along right when I was attempting to hit the reset button in a few areas of my life. I liked that it wasn’t just an eating plan, it was more comprehensive and included setting positive habits, especially at the very beginning and very end of the day. These are the times of day I am typically the least disciplined. Combine this with the group support and coaching, it has really helped me complete the program. I didn’t weigh or measure myself, but I can definitely see that my abdomen has gotten flatter, my jeans fit better, I can see more muscle in my arms, and I am steadily getting stronger. The daily 25 push-ups (“girl” push-ups for me) has steadily improved from barely being able to complete 5 sets of 5 all the way to being able to do a set of 20 then a set of 5. On the food front, at the beginning I think I went through some kind of withdrawal and I was really foggy for a few days, then I felt like I was constantly jumpy & hungry (eating a lot of fruit helped this), and then things stabilized and now I feel much more satisfied and solid. Now when I’m hungry, I’m able to experience hunger without it always being accompanied by a mood swing or a craving (think HANGRY!). Another participant mentioned a “re-wiring of the brain”, and I can relate, essentially the program has put a halt to some “event in life = I need to eat/drink this to cope” cycles and I feel more in control. Overall this has been a very positive, empowering experience for me.

Ana Marcos reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

My photos don't accurately reflect how awesome I feel inside, but these measurements sure do!!! My clothes definitely fit different.

Highlights of what this challenge helped me do:

* Eliminate processed food, especially sugar and carbs (big win for me!)

* Make time in my day to do the things that are important for me - reflect, affirm, meditate and move (workout).

Overall, I eat healthier, sleep more, and have more energy to be a homeschool mom, an afterschool educator and massage therapist!

Jill Kulcsar Mashburn reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

It's a great work out and it's fun. Meeting new people, but keeping friends in the mix. It's a challenge and, for me, I'm learning confidence, self-defense, and building strength.

Megan Mayer reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

Our family and our five yr old son LOVE Mr John and his staff. We wouldn't look anywhere else. Mr John is so good at communicating with the parents so they know the value of everything they're learning.

Dionna Flow Wrinkle reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

My kids have been a part of this program for 2 years. We partner with them to help reinforce discipline. We trust them to push the kids enough to test them while also building them up. The kids enjoy the classes and respect the instructors, as well as look forward to seeing their friends in class each week. I have recently joined the skillz fit class myself. It is challenging! All in all, I world reccomend both the kid's classes as well as the classes for adults. They will push you to be better.

Tina Mann Sligar reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

My son loves the after school program and he's learning so much. He enjoys showing off his new skills and is building confidence in himself. This program is great if you have a kid who needs to burn off extra energy. I used to have a lot of trouble getting my son to go to sleep at bedtime, but on the days he has class, he is ready at that time!

Kedra Bullen Belyeu reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

Our 6 year old daughter started here last summer and she loves it! At the time, I was looking for a program that would help her protect herself (if need be) as an incoming Kindergartner. My husband and I have been very pleased with her progress so far and I can truly say that the program has exceeded our expectations! Our daughter has taken ballet and plays soccer, but she would complain that her once-a-week classes/practices were too long. However, not once has she ever complained about her Taekwondo classes...and she goes three times per week! I attribute her ongoing enthusiasm to Mr. Salama and his team's special ability to keep the kids focused while teaching in a fun and engaging way. All of the instructors encourage each of their students to do their personal best and they take pride in promoting a positive atmosphere for kids (and adults) of all ages!

Marla Jackson reviewed Atlanta Taekwondo
5
via Facebook

I love this school and the instructors. Mr. Salami and Mr. Dayne are dedicated to teaching the kids not just martial arts but good behavior as well. I currently have 2 sons who are very active in class and look forward to coming. They are easy to talk to and show a genuine interest in every child being there very best!!!

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Holiday Fitness Slump Survival Guide

‘Tis the Season! The holidays are upon us and we soon, if not already, will be hustling and bustling to decorate, shop for gifts, attend holiday parties, cook and bake…the list goes on. The weather is cooler, the days are shorter, and our stress levels are higher. All of this can cause our routines to be crushed and our fitness goals to take a back seat. But since exercise releases endorphins, keeping your regular fitness routine in place can keep you feeling the cheer throughout the holiday season!

So how can you keep your routine and maintain your shape throughout the holiday season? Check out our Holiday Fitness Slump Survival Guide.

 

Schedule Workouts! Be proactive and add your workouts to your calendar. Make these events high priority items and don’t let anything get in the way of completing them. If you attend a gym for fitness classes, make sure you check their holiday schedule and enter the classes you attend on your calendar. And, if you don’t have one, get an accountability partner or gym buddy. Make plans to meet that person at class and keep each other accountable. Keeping these commitments to yourself will help you mitigate stress, feel energized, and maintain a cheery disposition.

 

Plan for Indulgences! Yes, it’s ok to indulge for a night or a meal but the problem is when these indulgences become daily staples from Thanksgiving until the New Year. We know, ahead of time, what parties we will be attending and what family members are visiting. If we know Grandma is making her famous chocolate cake, then plan on having a piece. If you are at multiple holiday parties, maybe the cookies aren’t really your favorite so skip those and opt for healthier choices. It’s best to pick your favorite and enjoy those then to mindlessly eat just because it’s the holiday season.

Remember, holiday stress plus poor eating habits lead to digestion issues. As a Fitness On The Run Expert states, “Your hormones, your immune system, your neurotransmitters that regulate your mood and sleep are all created in your gut. So, digestion is really the foundation for feeling good.”

 

Stay Hydrated! Holiday food is bursting with sodium and sugar so staying hydrated will help flush out some sodium and keep you from over-indulging. Start each day off with 16 oz. of water upon waking. This will jump start your body’s metabolic process. Remember, your brain sometimes confuses thirst for hunger so try drinking 8 oz. of water when you feel hungry. If you are no longer hungry, great. If you still are, then it’s time to eat. When it’s time for that high-calorie meal, drink 16 oz. or water prior to eating. You’ll be less likely to overeat, and you’ll maintain a better hydration level in your body. And don’t forget that alcohol dehydrates you so make sure to rehydrate after!

 

Get Rest! Our bodies love routine and one of the most important routines is our sleep cycle. During the holidays, we are over stretched and stay up late. Going to bed later than usual is very common…And, it will catch up with us and cause us to be more like a Grinch. That’s no way to spend the holidays! Help yourself keep a better routine by shutting off electronics and holiday lights one hour before you plan to go to bed, add some lavender oil to your pillow or diffuse in your room, and minimize late night eating and drinking. And don’t forget, quick power naps during the day, in between baking and shopping, can boost your energy level and keep you going.

 

The holidays are a magical time of year and maintaining some simple, yet effective, methods will help you enjoy every moment of the holiday season. Your mind and your waistline will thank you!

 

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Author: Jennifer Salama of Optavia.

Jennifer is the co-owner of a martial arts and fitness studio. She has embraced the Optavia program and incorporated it into her business as a tool to help her clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.