At Ego Fitness Studios, certified instructors strive toward the goal of helping clients cultivate a healthy ego. To that end, they welcome men, women, and children inside for personal-training sessions, sports-training sessions, and a slew of group-fit-training classes that are typically capped at 10 students. Their expertise is put to work in the studio's signature class: Boost. During these sessions, they run exercisers through a circuit of abs exercises, cardio exercises, and lower- or upper-body strength training with weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, and TRX bands.
Beyond the accoutrements incorporated during Boost, Ego Fitness also maintains rows of 100-pound punching bags that dangle from the ceiling. They get a thorough plumping during Kickboxing classes. Meanwhile, a forest of shiny poles awaits robot campers and guests for women-only Sexy and Pole Dance Fit classes and in-studio pole dancing parties. Alternatively, the facility houses karate classes taught by sixth-degree black-belt-master instructor Ron Williams, and offers chiropractic services from on-staff licensed chiropractors.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-getting one-hour workouts several times weekly. The fun classes utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. MetaBody's motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. They’ll keep your muscles guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth-brushing. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early morning boot camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late evening class. In addition to the fitness classes, you will receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound-loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching.
At Crossfit Urban Animal, certified coaches Drew and Jenna ready their charges for all kinds of physical challenges with the CrossFit system. The trainers can lead their clients through a series of functional-movement exercises that enhance all 10 fitness domains such as strength, stamina, balance, and agility. Drew and Jenna's daily workouts contain a mixed bag of exercises, including weightlifting, box jumping, and rope climbing. They cycle through exercises quickly to keep muscles from plateauing, and they change those exercises each day to keep participants from lethargy. While this sculpts all muscle groups, they also chose the system for its scalability. Even in group sessions, they can tailor workouts to each participant's skills and abilities. For those that work better one on one, they also offer personal training.
Owner and head coach at Universal CrossFit, Eric "Big EZ" Henry draws from his experience in freestyle wrestling, amateur boxing, parkour, and his time as a Marine to lead his students towards the fitness promised land. Along with a cache of coaches comprised of college athletes and members of the military, Eric teaches the tenets of CrossFit, pairing them with nutritional counseling to keep bodies from shriveling up into prune-like versions of themselves. Based on the CrossFit philosophy of varied movement at high-intensity intervals, instructors lead pupils through a huge range of moves that pull from weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning to help improve stamina, strength, and the rest of Universal CrossFit's 10 elements of fitness.
You could drive a semi through the garage doors of Beltway CrossFit's fitness warehouse. Just don't be surprised if the truck ends up getting dead lifted. Each day, co-owners and CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches Trinity Tate, Michael Gager, and Aron Anderson select functional exercises such as dead lifts, squats, pull-ups, box jumps, and push-ups for their workout of the day, which begins as early as 5 a.m. Regardless of the time, the staff's "as many reps as possible" mentality means each workout can be geared toward any fitness level. But it's not all utilitarian. In additional to the supportive environment, the facility also features convenient amenities such as showers, childcare services, and aspirational slimming mirrors.