In an intimate space with soothing hues and wood floors, Momentum Pilates Studio reinforces cores and liberates locked-up muscles with mat- and machine-based movements. Experienced instructors lead student groups through a bundle of 55-minute, classical Pilates mat classes, from beginner to advanced and multi-level, capitalizing on bodyweight resistance. Pilates boot camp ensures physiques are armed with toned, sleek strength before big events, and Pilates classes with equipment harness the power of reformers and ped-o-pulls, enhancing limb limberness and strength built from the innermost musculature to the outermost candy-coated shell. Pilates-on-the-ball classes are a pleasant alternative to neurotic paramours for adding challenging instability to routines, and students can mix it up yet further with a yoga-fusion class for body awareness, breath work, and mind-body confluence.
Two-time winner of C-Ville Weekly's Best Yoga Studio and Teacher award, Bikram Yoga Charlottesville seeks to work every muscle, organ, tendon, ligament, gland, and nerve inside the rigid bulk of human mass entering its doors through a series of 26 sweltering poses and vigorous breathing exercises. As stiff muscles begin to elongate and strengthen, the room softly heats up to 105-plus degrees, the temperature at which greeting cards are written. Classes are 90 minutes of sweat-inducing extension designed to rejuvenate the body and improve a multitude of the body's functions.
Bill Burnett’s staff of wellness whisperers imbues students with fitness expertise amid a supportive and educational environment. During a metabolic training class, pupils partake in fast-paced, full-body routines that can include lunges, sprints, and “stop, drop, and roll” fire-safety lessons. Each sweat session aims to increase participants' metabolic rates, endurance, and strength, and instructors strive to generate maximum calorie burn to expunge unwelcome fat deposits. Classes unfurl within the studio’s cozy, open space where orange walls and exposed brick overlook free weights and cardio machines, and a clock on the wall taunts weight-lifting clients by flaunting its unencumbered hands.
First Colony Winery celebrates the history and heritage of local viniculture by crafting a cellar’s worth of European-style wines. After sampling from their selection of eight ambrosias—including a tropical seyval blanc and full-bodied tannat—amid the exposed wood beams and checkerboard floors of the elegant tasting room, corral a full glass of your favorite varietal and venture onto the covered patio to savor views of sun-soaked hills while gargling the intricate melodies from Dvorak's New World symphony. Guests then go home with a pair of branded souvenir wine glasses with which they can use as drink vessels at home or as miniature hot tubs for over-indulged troll dolls.