At CrossFit Full Circle, dedicated coaches motivate students to get into the best shape of their lives. They’re guided by the no-nonsense workout ethic of CrossFit, a system that focuses on constantly varied functional exercises executed at high intensity. The gym's personal trainers draw from a wealth of experiences and certifications—owner Jason Struck is working on a master's degree in exercise physiology, and coach Matt Bahen boasts a background in serving with elite units in the navy⎯as they lead boot camps and exercises such as hurling kettlebell weights and performing pull-up reps. In order to build muscle, burn fat, and shake houseguests' hands firmly but not so firmly that they lose their arms, members use top-shelf equipment, weights, and bumper plates from brands such as Pendlay, Rogue, Kraiburg, and Dragon Door, all under the constant encouragement of a like-minded community of fellow athletes.
Michael Glatter has appraised fitness from many different perspectives—as an athlete on a wrestling team, as a competitor in power-lifting meets, as an Applied Health Science student in a college classroom, and as a personal trainer. He brings his extensive athletic experience to Glatter Fitness, pulling from his knowledge of kinesiology and expertise in various training methods to craft workouts designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. His constantly varied boot-camp workouts are packed with strength-training and cardiovascular exercises such as kettlebell swings, lunges, and mountain-climbers.
Steve Wendt brings nearly 40 years of experience soaring the skies to his lessons at Blue Sky Virginia Hang Gliding's flight park, where he instructs gliders of all experience levels in launch methods ranging from training-hill foot launches to towing. Through personalized instruction in classes certified by the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, he hones flyers’ skills in solo and tandem hang-gliding and in piloting trikes and paragliders against elite racing pigeons. Using aero-towing, park staff members can tow pilots to heights of more than 2,000 feet, or get them airborne with platform and scooter towing.
Staff also outfit certified pilots and enthusiasts with a fleet of gliders from brands such as Aeros, Icaro 2000, Moyes, and North Wing, each made from aircraft-grade aluminum and Dacron sailcloth. In the event of regular wear and tear or run-ins with jealous paper airplanes, they can also sew sails, repair harnesses, and bend frames back into shape in a repair facility.
Serving all subspecies of fitness nut, from moderate enthusiast to Shake Weight prophet, Body Mechanix is home to a certified, passionate staff and more than two dozen weekly sweat-and-grunt-powered fitness classes. Today’s deal lets you choose any 8 sessions from 11 separate classes that tone bodies of all shapes, ages, and Bill Nye the Science Guy–tattoo preferences. Classes include Core Pilates, a 60-minute session that promotes strength and flexibility, and Silver Sneakers, a 45-minute cardio-heavy course for exercisers 64 and older. Most classes last 45–60 minutes, except for the abs workout, which takes only 15 minutes to start fashioning prominent abdominal muscles just in time for pleather swimsuit season. Check the website for an up-to-date course schedule.
Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout is fun and fast, yet it exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Also, many women forge lasting new friendships!
Never content to let a muscle group grow fallow, the trainers at Divine 24hr Fitness are always devising tactics to keep members active and engaged. They dispel the “I don’t have time” excuse by keeping the facility open 24 hours and preempt the "I left my treadmill at home" excuse by stocking the facility with free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment by Cybex. A staff of 20 personal trainers and fitness instructors inspires trainees to sweat in a studio brimming with Trx bands, heavy ropes, and weight sleds. To complement the calorie burning, the gym provides nutritional consultations, multifaceted wellness programs, and escape pods to avoid cookie-selling girl scouts.