My Gym's Parents' Night Out program gives mothers, fathers, guardians, and packs of wolves a break from the 24/8 task of raising children and allows them a well-deserved night out on the town. While the grown-ups hit the golf alleys and karaoke rodeos of the greater Washington DC area, My Gym's staff of trained fitness and childcare experts keep young'uns mentally active and physically occupied. Kids will flex social muscles, exercise emotional intelligence, and bench-press cognitive processes. The three hours of fun include pizza, a movie, games, arts and crafts, story time, and a brief overview of how loop quantum gravity theory doesn't require string theory's multiple dimensions of space-time.
Through Action Fitness, John Casto helps women experience a life-changing transformation, drawing from his own struggles with weight. John says losing weight and becoming stronger made him more confident and helped him live a happier life, so as a personal trainer, he wants to help others achieve the same thing in their own way. At Action Fitness, John leads indoor and outdoor group fitness sessions that a slew of clients praise for their effectiveness. To build upon the fitness sessions, he also offers nutritional counseling and personal training.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
Fresh off an NIT tournament appearance in 2009 and an NCAA Final Four in 2006, the George Mason Patriots men's basketball squadron looks to continue their dominance on the hardwood for the 2010–11 season. Led by 14-year head coach Jim Larranaga, this year's Patriots team will feature speedy senior guard Cam Long and junior forward Ryan Pearson, whose massive wingspan and high-flying rebounding ability has drawn comparisons to the mythological griffin's style of play in the ABA. Catch the Patriots as they take on three tough competitors: the Harvard Crimson and their poison ivy jerseys, the George Washington Colonials, and the Old Dominion Monarchs, a conference foe. Be part of the cheers, the tomahawks jams, and the festive college basketball atmosphere with today's Groupon to George Mason basketball.
The certified instructors at YourCore Pilates cultivate leaner torsos and stronger muscles with a range of Pilates and yoga classes. During the semiprivate Pilates Basics class, founder Susan Aarhus focuses on safety as she guides neophytes through fundamental movements, alignment, and breathing. Using this approach to teaching, Susan believes that students will be hooked if their first Pilates experience is fun, educational, and enjoyable. The method's controlled maneuvers tone core muscles to improve posture, coordination, and scores in games of Whac-A-Mole. Other classes, such as Pilates Fusion, blend Pilates with various workout techniques, incorporating yoga and stretching exercises. In Power Pilates, students use traditional weights for full-body resistance training.
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