Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.
Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Group soccer lessons
Recommended Age Group: Kids
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
One of my first jobs was a youth soccer coach for 4 to 6-year-olds at an indoor soccer facility. I fell in love with coaching and helping kids get better at the game. That continued when I took on older kids, eventually coaching at the high school and college level, where I am now. Soccer is a unique sport in that there are so many different qualities needed to be a successful player, and I am passionate about helping families unlock the codes to achieve that.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Kids should come ready to play with soccer gear on, their ball, shin guards, a spare T-shirt, and water or a sports drink. We'll be doing a lot of work, most of it with the ball, so they should be ready to run and work hard.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting new families and helping them get the most out of their soccer experience. The kids are always amazing and I like challenging them to become better players and better people.
Owner and fitness contributor to WebMD the Magazine, Michael Lin promotes full-body conditioning through functional movements at CrossFit Rosslyn, an addendum to Verve Health & Fitness. Lin developed his passion for fitness while growing up as the descendent of a long line of doctors in Yilan, Taiwan. Now, as part of a staff of more than a dozen trainers, he designs exercise routines that take place in the facility's open weight room.
During CrossFit classes, visitors leap into high-intensity routines that challenge participants with intuitive maneuvers such as pushing, running, jumping, and throwing. Arms swing kettlebells to kindle muscular burns, while medicine balls bounce and dangling ropes tempt climbers to scale their way to the top. The constantly shifting workouts blend elements of gymnastics with calisthenics and Olympic weightlifting, crafting each maneuver so that patrons can adapt it to suit their strength level. Classes also invent friendly competitions, tracking time, points, and the number of grip errors in barbell-twirling performances.
Though some of Virginia Wine Tours’ staffers swear by Argentinean Malbecs and others favor New Zealand Rieslings, one thing’s certain: they’re all passionate about Northern Virginian wines. These aficionados conduct tours through a sweeping array of vineyards across the region, including the intimate Bluemont Vineyard in Loudon County, the sprawling Gray Ghost Vineyard in Rappahannock County, and the mountainside Naked Mountain Winery in Fauquier County. During these full- and half-day trips, they enlighten groups with local area viniculture facts and anecdotes, as well as encourage them to mix and mingle amongst their fellow wine enthusiasts. Virginia Wine Tours provides tour groups with transportation to and from wineries, sparing customers the inconvenience of having to worry about parking their cars or mastering the art of vehicle levitation.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.