Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of club equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.
For Michelle Fondin, yoga is just one component, albeit an important one, to achieving inner and outer peace. She incorporates the ancient practice into the Ayurvedic system of holistic and meditative practices designed to cultivate overall wellness and address mind and body problems. When she meets with a new client for an Ayurvedic consultation, she seeks to determine the true cause of their ailments, discussing health concerns alongside the stuff of life, which may include anything from relationships to career paths. In addition to helming these in-depth consultations, Ms. Fondin and her team lead hatha yoga classes and meditation sessions within a spacious, sunny studio where glimpses of critters from the forest below are not uncommon sights. “There's this instant unplugging from the crazy hectic world into a serene setting,” explains Ms. Fondin.
Ms. Fondin hopes that The Ayurvedic Path not only equips her clients with new tools for achieving balance between mind and body, but also helps foster a sense of community. To that end, she keeps her classes limited to 13 students and makes an effort to get to know every practitioner.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been serving families and family-free individuals for more than 150 years. Today's deal gives you one month of individual (an $83 value) or family membership (good for two adults and any children under the age of 21 residing in the same household, normally $104) to this venerated institution and its numerous locations, which have numerous amenities, including fitness equipment and indoor and outdoor pools (pool availability varies by location). You also get the choice of one personal-training session with a certified trainer to help jump start a stymied fitness routine or improve a preexisting one ($75 value). Personal training can even incorporate popular elements, such as Zumba, cycling, belly dance, kickboxing, playing catch with computer monitors, and more. If you prefer squeaky-shoe sports, you may instead choose one private tennis lesson, available at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase location, Silver Spring location or the YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center ($75 value).
Seven days a week, yogis of all ages and experience levels flock to Down Dog Yoga to stretch together, sweat together, and practice land synchronized swimming together. An array of Vinyasa hot flow-yoga classes taught by skilled, knowledgeable instructors leaves students both invigorated and relaxed, much like autogyro piloting through clouds of giggle gas. Treat your limbs to graceful windmill simulation in a movement-based basic Vinyasa class, held in a heated room to help eliminate toxins, soothe joints and muscles, prevent injury, and relieve chronic pain. Visit the website to view a full list of class times before heading to the spacious and light-filled studio to melt away calories, worries, and popsicle pairs on the lam.
To teach the Bikram yoga method, each aspiring instructor must endure nine weeks of intensive training program, along with 500 hours of practice. For Bikram Yoga Reston's instructors, the training was just another milestone on their quests for wellness. Designed to be as practical as it is aesthetically pleasing, the airy practice space is outfitted with cushioned flooring that is covered in an antimicrobial woodgrain sheet, and mirrors span the walls to help students identify which of their fellow cobras are actually basilisks. A cleaning crew wipes down the studio and shower facilities daily.
Dermal Science International (DSI) MedSpa's professional technicians pamper clients with services customized to meet their needs. More than five facials help combat dry skin and signs of aging, and chemical peels—including a TCA orange peel—reduce the appearance of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and the words someone wrote in permanent marker on your forehead at a party eight years ago. DSI MedSpa’s staff is also equipped to perform microderm and ultrasonic facials.