The 5K run snakes its way through the beautiful, lush landscape of Norfolk Botanical Garden. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and on-site trainers from Onelife Fitness will happily assist with stretching prior to the 8 a.m. start. Though not included with today's Groupon, ForKids and Onelife will also host a 1-mile "Bud Run" for youngsters and 1/4-mile "Seedling Shuffle" for lil' tots after the 5K. Both are $10 per child.
Set against an open, airy backdrop of clean studio space and zen-like décor, The Space Above’s dedicated brood of body pullers melt tense muscles and empty stress-filled skulls with their serene yoga practice. Dedicated to positivity and openness, the studio embraces eco-friendly practices, such as recycling, composting, and using recycled karma whenever available.
Briana Ward didn't find relief for her back pain until she took a yoga class while in Hawaii. The combination of healing poses and tropical heat made her discomfort melt away, but it didn't stop there; it also inspired her to deepen her knowledge of hot yoga. After educational trips to Bali and training with expert instructors all over America, Briana decided to pursue her dream of owning a yoga studio and sharing yoga with as many people as possible.
Today, inside their large, wood-floored studio, Briana and her team of certified instructors lead students of all levels through a variety of balmy classes. Her signature instruction takes place with the heat turned up: temperatures hit about 100 degrees in the morning and 105 in the evening, helping loosen stiff muscles and allowing students to sink deeper into the postures. Guests not yet ready for life beneath the broiler can warm up during cooler classes, where temperatures top out around 80-85 degrees.
Comprised of dieticians, physiologists, and personal trainers, the fit staff members at LifeStyle Wellness all share the same belief: prevention is the best medicine. That's why they anchor their philosophy on the benefits of regular exercise, pairing their expert nutritional counseling with yoga, Pilates, and group fitness classes. The well-roundedness of this approach is evidenced in fitness expert Laura Acosta's Living Lean program, an eight-week class exclusive to LifeStyle that combines customized meal plans with personal training and group support. By eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach to any of their programs, LifeStyle's staff members are able to provide personalized attention and custom-made programs for every client. Additionally, each group fitness class is capped at about five students to ensure instructors bestow each pupil with individualized tips and a pair of monogrammed workout socks.
Marie Rants, owner of Rants Ballroom Company, distills a lifetime of dance experience into each of her classic and modern classes. She draws from her classical training as a ballet dancer in her ballet classes and pours every credit hour of her bachelor of arts in dance from Old Dominion University into tango, cha-cha, and salsa classes. Her fleet-footed prowess further extends to swing classes, where students learn to dance the charleston to impress friends or the lindy-hop to bypass laser security systems during jewel heists.
A team of seven full-time physical therapists, three massage therapists, a personal trainer, and several class instructors help clients build strength and tone cores in sessions held around a 6,400-square-foot facility. Physical therapists treat conditions ranging from scoliosis to orofacial pain, and massage therapists work to knead away persistent aches. Staff specialize in areas as diverse as boosting sports performance, rehabilitation via Pilates, and creating custom-molded orthotic supports.
The sheer size of iNLeT Fitness's dual locations is enough to stun most exercisers. Housed within the expanses are free weights and cardio machines with TVs, a women's-only gym, spinning stadiums, and sports-specific training spaces. In addition to the facility's fitness equipment and areas, customers enjoy high-end amenities, such as a café that pours gourmet coffee and smoothies at the Great Neck gym, spa treatments, massage therapy, and locker rooms with private steam units.