Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
It's not for the meek. And it's certainly not for neat-freaks. But for racing fanatics, adrenaline junkies, and those who crave the grueling training experiences of the Navy Seals, the Running Dirty race is the perfect challenge. In four-mile courses set in scenic locations such as Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey and the Ticonderoga Farms and historic Greenbriar Farms of Virginia, opponents face a series of over 23 inspired obstacles. Encumbrances include the "get some air," where opponents rush through lines of literal fire, "snake pits" of zig-zagging trenches, "the firing squad" of mud-filled balloons, and a "dead man's crawl" under low barbed wire. The final leg of the race concludes with the Navy Seal-inspired "Hell Mile," where competitors endure frigid water, rope swings, and mounds of obstructing logs before the cathartic crossing of the finish line. Every race ends with an after-party, where the fatigued catch their second or twentieth wind with rousing games of beer pong, a keg-throwing contest, and live music.
Weekends are reserved for relaxing—for reading a book, tending a garden, or checking the backs of wardrobes for portals into Narnia. But at Ballahack Airsoft, hundreds of urban soldiers spend their Saturdays and Sundays unwinding by unloading airsoft BBs into the chests of an enemy swarm. Here, troops patrol a field with miles of trails, woods, swamps, and clearings, decked out in camo and pointing realistic guns that fire plastic pellets. They dive behind barricades, communicate with hand signals, and strategically plan attacks, all while exchanging fire with rival teams. And if they get hit, the day isn't done. Medics can revive fallen comrades by maintaining contact for 60 seconds, or soldiers can respawn by trekking back to a predetermined point. Though it seems like organized chaos, the facility ensures the intense, fast-paced action remains as safe as can be, since all players must wear protective gear and full-seal eye protection, and be 12 years or older to participate.
Brandy Hollaway—armed with an arsenal of certifications from ISSA, ACE, and IFA, among others—educates, motivates, and shapes up her clients through her R.E.A.L. (relationships, exercise, attitude, and lifestyle) method. She and her staff of fitness specialists, athletic coaches, and nutritionists whip corporate teams and individual fitness-seekers into shape with their body-bending fitness, yoga, and boot-camp programs. Hollaway's coaches even travel to homes to lead private yoga and fitness classes. To demystify healthy eating and decode what the all-seeing eye at the top of the food pyramid means, the staff carries out nutrition lessons, holistic life coaching, and tele-coaching to reach out to clients with scheduling or travel limitations.
Following the CrossFit ethos, CrossFit Chesapeake's instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness levels, participants may begin the gym's muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts.
Helmed by a husband-and-wife team of certified personal trainers, Wellness One Fitness propels clients toward fitness goals with more than a dozen types of sinew-sculpting classes. CrossFit functional-training workouts and beginner-level Fundamentals sessions, filled with Olympic lifts and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises, make muscles as sturdy as a redwood dressed in chainmail. Along with imparting squats, dead lifts, and kettlebell swings, the classes may include cardio intervals to build stamina and endurance. Instructors can tailor routines to nearly any skill level, allowing new exercisers to work out beside world-class athletes and aspiring human cannonballs. Alternately, punch cards usher students to classes focused on different muscle systems, including core-toning Pilates sessions and Zumba classes that raise heart rates as they lower stress. Boot camps reshape the entire physique with weight-training moves and low-impact calisthenics.