At iSweat Studios, the sights and sounds of a night on the town power dance steps, boxing moves, and bicycle wheels. Three industrial workout spaces teem with graffiti murals, which summon sweat with sultry verbs such as “train” and “cycle.” Here, upbeat instructors lead varied workouts that battle boredom and fortify each major muscle group. In the cycling room, up to 25 students pedal Keiser M3 stationary bikes that monitor speed, heart rate, and distance traveled. Wheels and records spin in tandem during Cycle DJ classes, where live DJs craft soundtracks for rides packed with hills and sprints. Calming yoga poses and energizing salsa moves fill the iSweat room, where exercisers of all levels melt calories and stress. Brimming with kettlebells, battling ropes, and TRX suspension straps, a third studio hosts functional training workouts, which help exercisers build enough strength to arm wrestle the Statue of Liberty.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, ?What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do?if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.?
When Kelle Ilitch turned her dream Pilates studio into a reality, she spared no consideration. The airy blue space is instantly calming, although its abundance of high-tech Reformer machines makes it clear that she and her fellow instructors mean business. The space accommodates many class styles, from classic mat Pilates lessons—including specialized sessions for seniors and kids—to ballet-barre-based workouts. Like Pilates and cummerbunds made of cement, the barre workouts strengthen cores while lengthening and toning thighs. The staffers also teach Kinesis, a form of strength training that allows for an entirely free range of motion, making it easier to tone muscle groups across bodies simultaneously.
"Torture chambers"?that's how many students of Bikram Yoga would describe the studios where they practice their craft. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures. However, these hatha-inspired positions heal rather than hurt; as students flow through the therapeutic positions, the simmering heat soothes away chronic aches, boosts flexibility, and encourages everything from weight loss to increased circulation to healthier lymphatic flow.
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Following the principles of the Pilates’s eponymous founder, Joseph Pilates, Teaser Pilates’s instructors help students sculpt lean, flexible physiques. The studio’s schedule includes mat- and apparatus-based classes, such as apparatus classes where students in gaggles of five climb aboard Reformer, tower, and small barrel equipment, performing a series of exercises that apparatuses resist with a system of springs, ropes, and the will to prove the superiority of machines over man. Students can also choose to learn the fine point of technique and form during private sessions, which partner clients up one-on-one with an encouraging instructor who tailors workouts to suit each individual's needs and desired amount of abdominal muscles.