This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Gyrotonic Ann Arbor & The Movement Center's flexible instructors guide students on the path to their ideal workout method and difficulty level from an array of Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis classes. During a 55-minute introductory session, fitness coaches enmesh private consultation with a complete exercise regimen as they determine each client's fitness level and helpful modifications for posture or physical limitations, such as injuries or inability to feel gravity. Explore basic Pilates to highlight individual muscle groups, or exercise on a Gyrotonic machine, which facilitates circular movements and full-body bending.
As if inspired by the visitors stretching at the fitness center below, a glass spiral staircase extends to the high ceiling, where skylights illuminate the floor below. Heather DuPuis designed Vie Fitness & Spa as an oasis for healthy living, blending health-club amenities and fitness services with a light, airy atmosphere and soaring architecture.
Certified trainers keep clients engaged in an active lifestyle through programs tailored to each individual's goals and lifestyle. In barre classes, an amalgamation of Pilates, ballet, and strength exercises set to up-tempo music work to tighten abs and thighs, and spinning classes test students' endurance while reminding them of their first bicycle's eventual theft.
An onsite juice bar refuels bodies, which stay refreshed with the boutique shop's designer water bottles and hand-poured Illume candles. To unwind after a taxing workout, patrons can stop by the facility spa for a massage or facial or head to the locker rooms equipped with fluffy towels and Pure Fiji bath products with which to wash the towels.
When asked the purpose of Kenville Studios, the owner quotes a friend who once said, “I’ve never seen an angry dancer.” The studio’s staff helps students find happiness through self-expression, art, and freedom in classes such as ballet, ballroom, flamenco dance, tap, swing, and jazz. They also lead fitness-minded classes, such as Zumba and yoga, as well as kids’ classes and summer day camps.
There’s something a bit different about Sun Moon Yoga. While most students walk in expecting the standard hardwood floors and mirrored walls, they’re instead greeted by décor that takes its cues from Eastern temples. Faux archways and cork floors lead them to the main practice room, where an instructor sits upon a pillow-strewn platform . Perhaps unsurprisingly, the staff’s approach to yoga also strays from the modern-day standard, with classes that focus on the mental effects of yoga just as much as the bodily benefits. The classes embrace all types of practice, from the swiftly flowing poses and breaths of Spirited Yoga to the slow, intense postures inherent to Kripalu and elderly acrobats.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts & Fitness’s hand-selected, certified instructors incorporate techniques from four disciplines to help students defend themselves in simulations of assaults.
When they aren’t teaching self-defense, instructors help students strengthen their bodies with Pilates and a kickboxing program that combines floor exercises and punching-bag work. In an aerobic interval program, teachers alternate stints of kickboxing, Pilates, and strength and toning techniques in small intervals to maintain cardio levels and help burn calories. Pupils can also burn calories with Zumba, which uses moves from Latin and hip-hop dance in a "fitness party" atmosphere that encourages a full-body workout.