Get fit while floating: Water aerobics offerings in metro Atlanta

Hilary Cohen finishes up her 3-mile swim in Lake Lanier near Mary Alice Beach Park in Cumming July 5, 2020. STEVE SCHAEFER FOR THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

Looking for a high-energy way to get a low-impact workout? Search no further than water aerobics. Metro Atlanta offers lots of options in all sorts of settings, from posh clubs to easy-access community centers.

Here are a few to consider:

Athletic Club Northeast

For the fitness buff, ACN offers a 60-minute water fitness class that uses the water and equipment to tone muscles and increase flexibility and endurance. You also can reserve a swim lane for a 30-minute session in the pool.

Location: Buckhead/Northeast Atlanta - 1515 Sheridan Road NE; Website:; Contact: 404-325-2700

Concourse Athletic Club

Get a full aerobic workout during Aqua Fit, a 60-minute class focusing on strength and cardio exercises in the pool. For an additional challenge, try Deep Water, a 60-minute class using buoyancy belts to burn calories and tone muscles.

Location: Sandy Springs - 8 Concourse Parkway; Website:; Contact: 770-698-2000

Emory Decatur Hospital Wellness Center

An 18.5-meter indoor heated pool plays host to aqua fitness classes at beginner’s through advanced levels at Emory Decatur Hospital Wellness Center. If you prefer, you can perform your own exercise program during the Freestyle period, or sign up for a time to swim laps. You also can take one-on-one lessons with a water exercise specialist.

Location : Decatur - 2665 North Decatur Road; Website:; Contact: 404-501-1184

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

The Dunwoody MJCAA Aquatic Center welcomes people of all faiths, ages and backgrounds to join the center and take classes at the indoor pool. You can sign up for water aerobics, reserve a lane for lap swimming, or book time for a family free swim. You must make reservations for all pool activities using Mindbody.

Location: Dunwoody - 5342 Tilly Mill Road; Website:; Contact: 678-812-4000

Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center

Choose from a traditional water aerobics class for a low-impact cardio workout, or go for the Aqua Cardio Mix for a high-energy workout. Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center also has classes available to address arthritis and back and/or neck pain.

Location: Buckhead/Northeast Atlanta - 2001 Peachtree Road NE; Website:; Contact: 404-605-1966

West Gwinnett Park Aquatic Center

All Gwinnett County year-round recreation facilities offer water exercise classes. The West Gwinnett Park center has a healthy sampling, including no-impact, deep water classes with flotation belts and shallow-deep combination classes that are low-impact. In the summer, the center occasionally offers an outdoor class. All the classes feature music. It’s a good place to experiment, with drop-in rates for people ages 15 and up (though members pay less per class).

Location: Norcross - 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Norcross, GA 30071; Website:; Contact: 678-407-8801

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