After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with a boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.
Helmed by owner Ursula Cox, the staff at Inner Power Yoga guides yoga disciples through the poses of Vinyasa yoga, drawing on training that earned them Northern Virginia Magazine’s award for Best Yoga Studio 2012. Perched on bamboo floors in a studio with natural light and high ceilings, students stretch, bend, and twist as the 85- to 90-degree temperature assists in purging their bodies of toxins and chronic goosebumps. Ursula and the gang teach students of all skill levels, focusing on helping them link movement and breath. The instructors also hold private sessions for students who need more practice, and training sessions for students who aspire to master the ways of the yogi during teacher training.
Many yoga studios offer various forms of the ancient practice, but Raj Yoga chooses to focus on one: Kundalini yoga. The age-old Indian practice blends classic poses with meditation, chants, and breath work in order to stimulate the nervous and glandular systems. When used in sequences, the elements can stimulate weight loss and help practitioners adjust their spines without ever picking up a screwdriver. In addition to classes, members can also attend events including concerts and yoga workshops.
Sometimes, a name says it all. That’s the case at Intensity Brings Results, a fitness outfit whose name doubles as a rallying cry. Its programs do not require exercisers to show up in shape or with particular skills—it only requires that clients have a desire to look and feel better. Intensity Brings Results’ instructors supply the rest, including expert coaching and programs designed to improve overall fitness and athleticism.