Above all else, Live Out Loud Yoga helps students discover an outlet of self-expression and a sense of personal connection through yoga practice. The studio allows visitors of all skill levels to pursue the style of yoga that best complements their goals and motivations. Ashtanga sessions can challenge students with more physically demanding back bends and inversions, Vinyasa classes use dynamic, fluid sequences of synchronized movement and breath to reinvigorate minds as well as bodies, and Yin yoga adopts a slower pace altogether as sustained poses gently stretch any tension-laden muscles and connective tissues. Although these various classes are capable of improving strength, stamina, and balance over time, the mindful breathing techniques learned at Live Out Loud Yoga also help by centering thoughts, increasing mind-body awareness, and building enough lung capacity to extinguish birthday cake candles from across the room.
Open year round, Capital Clubhouse is an all-ages, 90,000-square-foot facility wholly dedicated to sports and recreation. The multisport arena can easily transform into a soccer, volleyball, dodge-ball, or inline-hockey court, allowing it to host all manner of team-based events from intramural games to kids' parties. Dasher boards that spent their youth exchanging quick embraces with Washington Capitals players at the former US Airways Arena now comfortably surround Capital Clubhouse's NHL-sized ice arena, which is kept cold year round thanks to 11 miles of underground cooling pipe and a steady diet of popsicles. When not supervising skaters from the comfort of the heated balcony, guests can race lithe mountain goats to the top of the center's 30-foot rock-climbing wall, where five different routes offer challenges for wall walkers of all ages and experience levels.
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.
ABC Wellness & Fitness Center offers personal training services, group fitness classes, and nutritional counseling, but it's the host of special extras that make ABC especially unique. Group fitness programs, for instance, include a variety of classes with something tailored for everyone in the family. Seniors can also take advantage of memberships designed just for them, as can college students and groups. There's a lounge where visitors can unwind with a coffee or tea, and a shop where they can stock up on fitness gear.
If kids are too tired to work out in a baby-and-me class after assembling their own cribs, they can spend time in the complimentary on-site child care center. There's also a lounge in which moms can nurse, and a party room to host birthday parties.
Dance 2 Fitness guises exercise beneath a cloak of kinetic creativity and fitness artistry. Here, dance-fitness classes torch calories while teaching students new and familiar styles of movement. In addition to well-known Zumba sessions, the studio offers exotic classes, including Bokwa, a pop-music romp that prompts participants to draw letters and numbers with their feet beneath the pulse of each beat. The Caribbean-inspired moves of Carrithyms! transports students to white, sandy beaches, where they cooking fun, upbeat routines and cravings for piña coladas.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.