The City of Atlanta provided thirty live strong stationary bikes endorsed by Lance Armstrong to No Limit Cycling, a health fitness center located in the popular historic district of Atlanta across from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, the resting place of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, and next door to the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The city goal is to get the community in shape. In 2009, according to a report by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Georgia had the 14th highest rate of adult obesity in the nation.
No Limit Cycling opened its doors nearly four months ago. The two owners, Kimberly Vay and Ginger White are thrilled the cities share their vision in promoting health and fitness to the Atlanta Community. Classes entail cycling and stationary bike riding that caters to individuals’ goals. For instance, members who may have low esteem of their body image may find it more comfortable attending cycling classes where the lights are dim and where they can ride at their own pace. In fifty-five minutes, an individual can burn anywhere from 600-1000 calories that makes it the fastest way to get fit, lose the inches and pounds while riding to great music from rock to hip /hop, jazz, and soca with a group who have one main goal, that is, becoming fit. The motto is: “If you can think it, you can achieve it.”
Kimberly is an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) Certified Trainer and group fitness instructor. She has assisted countless individuals in achieving their fitness goals regardless of their age, current fitness level, or whether they are familiar or unfamiliar with exercise. She has a passion for helping individuals to reach their optimal level of fitness whether its low impact exercises or just providing individual counseling. She attended Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where she was a member of the Division II Women’s basketball team. Also, she competed in the NPC Georgia Body Building Championship where she is currently training for the 2010-2011 season. She understands the importance of maintaining a health fitness regimen.
Ginger White, the 44 year old co- owner, is energized each day as she spearheads each session. One member commented: “Ginger never gets tired.” In a recent interview, she explained seven years ago she was diagnosed as having a mitral valve prolapse. Her diseased valve had an eighty percent leakage. Subsequently, she underwent opened heart surgery for a valve replacement. The surgery was successful because shortly afterwards, she resumed her cardio workouts as she had done all of her life. She believes healthy eating and regular exercise is the key to longevity and a healthy life. She says “it’s a two way street.” She admitted having tried various exercises such as, kickboxing, aerobics, to cycling. For nearly two years, she has been cycling and finds it to be “just the right fit.”
No Limit Cycling comes on the eve of The New Atlanta Beltline which is an urban renewal project that will combine green space, trails, transit and new development along the historic rail that encircle the city. Perhaps Atlanta will soon become the Mecca as the premier city in the nation in health and fitness.