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2018 Can be Your Year!

Jan 08, 2018 08:42PM ● By Tracy McCoy

This is the time of year where we all take a look in the mirror and decide that this is our year to get fit. Research shows that when those Jan 1 decisions are made it takes a whopping nine days to undo that resolve. Don't let that be the case with you. Make a commitment to yourself to love your body enough to care for it. You deserve good health and fitness! We have listed here in alphabetical order some area businesses that can help you reach your goals.

Now Open – Clayton Health & Fitness

Clayton Health & Fitness opened their doors in late December 2017. This all new, unique fitness club offers the finest, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, turfed areas for small group training with functional movement circuit training for stretching and unique work-outs, a spacious group exercise studio, a free weights area including squat racks, benches and a variety of dumbbells, and cutting edge pin-loaded strength training equipment. The club boasts a blended smoothie bar with an impressive selection of nutritious options for everyone. Their locker rooms with saunas, floor to ceiling tiled showers and changing areas are well appointed. Clayton Health & Fitness knows the value of a supervised KidZone with child-friendly entertainment areas. The club's specialty LED lighting and Wi-fi access can be found throughout the 20,000 square foot facility. 55” Television screens are displayed throughout the entire club. The extensive schedule of classes include Yoga, Pilates and Zumba just to name a few. Aware that nutrition is key to successful weight loss the club offers the very effective 20/30 Fast Track Weight Loss & Wellness Studio. This program offers results that are improving lives. You are invited to stop by February 1 for their Grand Opening Party! Clayton Health & Fitness is located at 69 Seed Tick Road, in the newly renovated Badcock building next to Pritchett Tire. For more information visit, call 706.212.0001, or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Studio e – Boutique Fitness in Two Convenient Locations

Studio e is not your ordinary fitness center it is a personal training experience. With a focus on core conditioning through calisthenics, cardio, flexibility and strength training, owner and founder Elisa Hopkins says “Studio e offers a unique approach to fitness.

The decision to hire a personal trainer is an empowering one. Putting a dedicated fitness expert in your corner can net you invaluable expertise and support for devising a smart workout strategy, overcoming emotional and physical roadblocks, and getting the real results you’re after. Many people are figuring out that it’s well worth the investment.

A well skilled trainer will work with you to define your goals and plan your strategy. She/he will work with you one on one in a private setting. Your trainer will introduce you to new exercises each week to advance you towards your goals. They will become a mentor and friend who is dedicated to seeing you succeed. That is priceless and not found in every setting but it is what they do here at Studio e.

Studio e has two locations they are located at 117 History St., Tiger, GA or at 8452 Old Highway 441 in Lakemont, Georgia. Both locations offer classes and personal training. The trainers can also come to you if that is more convenient. Studio e team members are trained to work with those who need rehabilitation or who are recovering from surgery. Cognative therapy is beneficial to seniors facing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Balance is often a challenge for their elder clients and they find that helped greatly through personal training.

Elisa Hopkins developed a formula for a well balanced protein rich shake that she is proud to have the Studio e name on. The shakes are available at either location or locally at Ingles Market in Clayton. As a meal replacement these shakes offer excellent nutrition. Diet and food choices are also part of the offerings at Studio e.

For a complete list of classes offered and a calendar for the studio, as well as more about the instructors and information about joining Studio e visit their website at or find them on facebook. Give them a call at 706.982.5090. This is the time to make those changes you've been thinking about. It's a new year and time for a new you! Studio e says, “sweat with the best!”

Real People, Real Weight Loss – TOPS®

The TOPS® mission is to support our members are they take off and keep off pounds sensibly.

The TOPS® philosophy is that the desire comes from within the individual and the most effective way to sustain change is to provide a supportive environment. TOPS® provides a caring, friendly environment for members. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS® is the only nonprofit nonc-ommercial weight-loss organization of its kind.

TOPS® promotes successful weight management with a ‘Real People, Real Weight Loss® Philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise and wellness information.

TOPS® advocates two healthy eating plans - My Plate and the Food Exchange System – and provides members with wealth of information prepared by experts in the areas of nutrition, fitness and motivation.

It is easy and risk-free to find out more about TOPS®. Detailed information is available on line at or by calling 800.932.8677. If you are interested you are welcome to attend a free meeting before joining. The yearly membership cost for TOPS® is $32.00. For information about a chapter near you or starting a chapter in Georgia please contact Aleta Isaacs at 706.769.9571.

This year Georgia is celebrating 60 years with TOPS®.

Well Nourished is ALL about You!

Well Nourished is the brain child of Samantha Thacker. She know that her clients have goals and they have needs. They have busy lives with family, friends and work obligations, and Well Nourished gets it! That is why Samantha comes to you with personal training and nutrition coaching that is tailored to meet your individual needs and accommodate your hectic schedule. “After all,” she says, “the path to wellness begins at home.”

Whether you want to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, are dealing with an injury or recovering from surgery... Well Nourished is there for you.  Samantha will listen to you, inspire you to overcome plateaus, educate you with safe and effective exercise techniques, challenge you to push to your maximum potential, and hold you accountable for your nutrition and fitness goals.  All while providing you with an experience that is exciting and fun.

You will be introduced to exciting workouts designed to strengthen and condition with the use of free weights, calisthenics, and cardio.  The Well Nourished accountability program, will track your activity and nutrition efforts ensuring you are well informed and on target to achieve your goals.  The goal at Well Nourished is to see that you get there! Samantha can be reached by calling 706.982.4625. All services are by appointment only, Monday - Friday: 5:00 am - 7:00 pm.

YourTime Fitness – 24/7

Lester and Dolly Ramey, Rabun County natives, opened YourTime Fitness in 2016. The 16,000 square foot modern facility is a 24/7, no contract, premier fitness center and gym with a strong commitment towards personalized service and individual attention for those seeking to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Located at 675 North Main Street in Clayton, Georgia. YourTime Fitness offers an impressive collection of cardio and strength training machines, a free-weight and body sculpting area, classrooms for group fitness classes and personal training sessions. The gym offers Yoga, Zumba, Cardio Dance, Kickboxing, Step Aerobics with Body Sculpting, SilverSneakers, Silver and Fit, and Spin classes. All classes are included with membership. The gym offers saunas in their spacious locker rooms. They also have tanning beds for an additional charge. YourTime Fitness has several personal trainers available to help you with your fitness goals. For more information stop by the office and tour the facility.

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