My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
CrossFit Burke's owner and head instructor, Jamie Gallagher, discovered CrossFit as a platoon commander in the Marines. He not only followed the program himself but also used it to keep the soldiers under his command in peak shape.
That may make CrossFit sound like a fitness regimen reserved for hardcore exercisers. Far from it. One of CrossFit's core premises is scalability, or the ability to adjust every exercise by load, number of repetitions, and intensity to accommodate students of any fitness level. It's why rookies, senior citizens, Marines, and elite athletes can stand side by side in the same class, performing the same Workout of the Day?encouraging one another to muscle through one last pushup or threatening to key each other's cars if they don't do 10 more burpees.
Get a hometown hello without running into your old prom date (unless you went to Clifton High) with today's deal for salivary savories in a small-town atmosphere. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of pub grub and drinks at The Main Street Pub. Housed in a quaint green clapboard building with bright white trim, this family business in Clifton is pulled up next to the only remaining railroad crossing in Fairfax County. Camp out at a cozy table amid the hunter green walls and watch the game on TV, chat with regulars about the weather, or perch on a barstool with a drink and chat with the friendly staff about your favorite living castmembers of Veronica's Closet.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Adventure Races, MTB Races, and Trail Runs
Pro Tip: Looking for adventure? REV3 Adventure can help you out.
Good for Kids: Yes
A portion of mountain biking, a dose of trail running, a pinch of trekking, and several gallons of watersports. This is Rev3 Adventure's race director's recipe for creating their adventure runs?and the training regimens to prepare for them?throughout the year. The races can be intense, as participants might switch between mountain biking and canoeing on any given day, but athletes can choose an adventure that fits their stamina levels, participating in events that last a few hours or a few days. For example, the annual Shenandoah Epic Adventure Race incorporates paddling, biking, trekking, and navigating, and competitors can opt to reach all the mandatory checkpoints in 13 hours or hit the additional optional checkpoints in 26 hours, the average number of hours a cat sleeps every day.
Still, the race director says that the organizers and volunteers try to keep their events family-friendly. "We wanted to help families become active in the outdoors," says the race director, "and at the same time, create fun and exciting challenges that will push competitors to their personal limits in a fun and safe environment."
Local artist Frances Rauch has been using various faux-painting techniques to decorate homes and businesses since 1990. She and the rest of the FR Designs crew spice up all things plain?bare walls become bucolic landscapes, for example, and regular white columns slip into beautifully marbled skins. Fran and company also teach budding artists some tools of the trade. In the center?s BYOB Sip & Paint classes, groups gather to share bottles of wine while recreating dynamic images on canvas. More advanced classes allow students with some experience to further hone their brush-holding techniques. The studio also offers kids' art camps, designed to develop and maximize young creative imagination.