CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.
In-home cooking lessons are lead by Happy Earth Yoga owner Stacey Milchman, a longtime foodie fanatic with worldly experience as a raw-vegan chef. Amidst helping her stressed-out exercisers achieve tranquility, Stacey aids aspiring herbivores in nourishing and flourishing in the comforts of their own home kitchen. Each veggie cooking lesson leads students through the preparation and devouring of three to four dishes, each derived from pre-set menus featuring vegetarian, vegan, and raw-vegan options. Through a hands-on learning approach, pupils hone their techniques and crank up the flavor dial with each scrumptious, plant-packed dish. Post clean-up, complete recipes are exchanged along with a few low-fives designed to signify achievement. To set up a cozy in-house lesson, just double check that you have a kitchen and email Happy Earth Yoga.
Studio X helps students evacuate unwanted weight through fun one-hour Zumba classes, which feature a fusion of dance and fitness movements set to buoyant Latin rhythms. Melt away up to 900 calories and three pocket ice creams by heeding verbal cues from experienced instructors in classes that repeat routines over six- to eight-week intervals, allowing participants to familiarize themselves with step progressions, music, and instructor birthmarks encoded with the key to happiness. In addition to traditional Zumba classes, Studio X offers sessions in Zumba toning and beginner Zumba. See the full class schedule for more information.
CrossFit is a high-intensity, results-oriented fitness program for everyday life. The dedicated coaches at CrossFit Montgomery County provide new and challenging workouts with sessions adapted to fit every fitness level. Burn off a sedentary lifestyle in the fully equipped gym with a supportive group of fellow sweat-soldiers. Call ahead for scheduling information and to make reservations.