The dance floor at Roda Movements sizzles with the dance and martial-arts forms of Brazil and Latin America. In capoeira classes, students gather in a circle playing drums, the single-stringed berimbau, and the tambourine, taking turns moving to the center to perform acrobatic movements that blend sparring techniques with graceful sweeping motions of the native dance style. Brazilian jiujitsu teaches grappling techniques for fighting on the ground, and Zumba sets a calorie-blasting aerobic-dance routine to Latin rhythms. The ballroom styles of salsa teach quick-paced steps to guests dancing solo, in pairs, or with a musically inclined mop. In addition to Latin dance and martial-arts classes, patrons can build muscles while whittling their waistlines in yoga and African-dance classes. Also catering to the wee ones, kids-only versions of specific classes helped Roda Movements earn a Best of the Best award from the Takoma Voice.
The trainers at Push Fitness are single-minded in their goal to help students trim inches, tone muscle, and feel confident in whatever they wear. During each session, students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio training with strength and resistance exercises. Each routine is designed to burn the maximum amount of fat and targets common trouble zones, including the waist, hips, back, and thighs. Further inspiring patrons to develop healthful habits, the trainers treat them to optional bi-weekly weigh ins and body-fat measurements, along with encouraging them to follow nutritional advice and adhere to comprehensive custom meal plans. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.
Movement is medicine for Sunyatta Amen, proprietor and head instructor at MamaSita Movement & Wellness Studio. She expresses this philosophy through an eclectic menu of group classes such as Urban Fusion Belly Dance, Zumba, and Brazilian Samba Workout. During classes, students gain confidence as they shimmy hips and undulate bellies through each 60- to 90-minute workout.
Although each one of the ten different instructors at Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park has a unique background, they're all united in their belief that Bikram yoga offers the most versatile, wellness-driven exercise out there. During the 90-minute class, temperatures soar to 105 degrees and 50 percent humidity. This keeps muscles limber, releases toxins, and encourages empathy for rainforest animals. As heart rates increase, students move through 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises. In addition to classes, the studio works to ensure that students arrive with stress-free minds; their childcare program keeps kids entertained while parents find their center, and their juice bar refreshes thirsty yogis with healthy post-class drinks.
New York native Kenneatha Grimes has had—and overcome—her own struggles with weight, so she knows what it takes to get in shape and live a healthier life. Through BSB Fitness, this AFAA-certified group fitness instructor and wellness coach offers classes such as the Latin-flavored Zumba and high-energy Hip-Hop Hustle that are designed to get participants up and moving. Turbo kick, PiYoStrength, and boot camp further fuel the caloric burn. She also offers nutritional tips combined with plenty of encouragement.