As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The fully glass exterior of Aroma Spa exposes the glowing dispositions of staff members bustling between a reception desk and coffee-hued armchairs in the waiting area. Dark cherry cabinetry contrasts polished wood floors and shelves loaded with products from Matrix, OPI, and Bioelements. Dreamy sighs drift from private rooms for body wraps and massages, serving as an aural backdrop to black salon chairs standing in front of mirrors as though they were filled with vain ghosts. Throughout pampering services, patrons sip piping-hot coffee, and full-day spa-goers nibble on a complimentary lunch or dinner amid mint-green walls.
There are certain milestones that stick out in our lives. A first step. A first kiss. A fist time hurtling towards the Earth at incredible speeds. Virginia Skydiving Center's tandem instructors help people accomplish the latter by strapping themselves to novices and jumping out of airplanes into the open skies. From 14,000 feet in the air, the two free fall and take in a hailstone's-eye view of the terrain around Washington, DC and Virginia Beach before a two-person parachute smooths the rest of the path back toward earth.
It only takes 20?30 minutes of training to prep for that tandem experience, but Virginia Skydiving Center's videographers can preserve the fall for years to come. The initial dive can also serve as the first step an accelerated freefall program, which helps students become licensed to take on the skies all by themselves.
Studio owner Martha Boda transformed her body and mind as a Pilates student, a change so profound she decided to become a teacher. She completed her Stott Pilates certifications in mat work, Reformer training, and rehabilitative training for injuries. Now, Martha and her team of Stott Pilates-certified instructors teach small groups of students the secrets to stronger cores and healthier spines at her studio, using Reformers, spring walls, circuit training, and classic mat work.
The trainers at Breakthrough Fitness focus on functional fitness—exercises that make it easier to perform daily activities. Building muscle through these types of workouts can help alleviate the strain of everything from hauling grocery bags to sitting in your favorite invisible chair. To meet that end, trainers work both the upper and the lower body at the same time to increase core strength, which also helps and avoid injury.