Through Action Fitness, John Casto helps women experience a life-changing transformation, drawing from his own struggles with weight. John says losing weight and becoming stronger made him more confident and helped him live a happier life, so as a personal trainer, he wants to help others achieve the same thing in their own way. At Action Fitness, John leads indoor and outdoor group fitness sessions that a slew of clients praise for their effectiveness. To build upon the fitness sessions, he also offers nutritional counseling and personal training.
My Gym's Parents' Night Out program gives mothers, fathers, guardians, and packs of wolves a break from the 24/8 task of raising children and allows them a well-deserved night out on the town. While the grown-ups hit the golf alleys and karaoke rodeos of the greater Washington DC area, My Gym's staff of trained fitness and childcare experts keep young'uns mentally active and physically occupied. Kids will flex social muscles, exercise emotional intelligence, and bench-press cognitive processes. The three hours of fun include pizza, a movie, games, arts and crafts, story time, and a brief overview of how loop quantum gravity theory doesn't require string theory's multiple dimensions of space-time.
CrossFit Burke's owner and head instructor, Jamie Gallagher, discovered CrossFit as a platoon commander in the Marines. He not only followed the program himself but also used it to keep the soldiers under his command in peak shape.
That may make CrossFit sound like a fitness regimen reserved for hardcore exercisers. Far from it. One of CrossFit's core premises is scalability, or the ability to adjust every exercise by load, number of repetitions, and intensity to accommodate students of any fitness level. It's why rookies, senior citizens, Marines, and elite athletes can stand side by side in the same class, performing the same Workout of the Day?encouraging one another to muscle through one last pushup or threatening to key each other's cars if they don't do 10 more burpees.
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.
The certified instructors at YourCore Pilates cultivate leaner torsos and stronger muscles with a range of Pilates and yoga classes. During the semiprivate Pilates Basics class, founder Susan Aarhus focuses on safety as she guides neophytes through fundamental movements, alignment, and breathing. Using this approach to teaching, Susan believes that students will be hooked if their first Pilates experience is fun, educational, and enjoyable. The method's controlled maneuvers tone core muscles to improve posture, coordination, and scores in games of Whac-A-Mole. Other classes, such as Pilates Fusion, blend Pilates with various workout techniques, incorporating yoga and stretching exercises. In Power Pilates, students use traditional weights for full-body resistance training.
Pure Om Fairfax, formerly known as Bikram Yoga Fairfax, sports an earthly orange palette, state of the art yoga studio, and bright, natural lighting that provide a cool counterpoint to the heated intensity of its Bikram yoga classes. Though rigorous with its balmy heat and strict 26-posture series, the 90-minute classes are open to students of all experience levels and are taught by a team of Bikram?certified instructors. The 4,700-square-foot facility boasts not just an expansive practice space outfitted with medical-grade linoleum flooring and a natural-gas-fired heating system but also shower and locker-room amenities that make changing back into street clothes comfortable and efficient.