At CrossFit Full Circle, dedicated coaches motivate students to get into the best shape of their lives. They’re guided by the no-nonsense workout ethic of CrossFit, a system that focuses on constantly varied functional exercises executed at high intensity. The gym's personal trainers draw from a wealth of experiences and certifications—owner Jason Struck is working on a master's degree in exercise physiology, and coach Matt Bahen boasts a background in serving with elite units in the navy⎯as they lead boot camps and exercises such as hurling kettlebell weights and performing pull-up reps. In order to build muscle, burn fat, and shake houseguests' hands firmly but not so firmly that they lose their arms, members use top-shelf equipment, weights, and bumper plates from brands such as Pendlay, Rogue, Kraiburg, and Dragon Door, all under the constant encouragement of a like-minded community of fellow athletes.
By now, it’s no secret that Richmond Baseball Academy West has a knack for developing top baseball talent. More than 30 players who have been drafted by Major League teams have also either trained at facilities or played on one of the Academy’s traveling teams, including 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And that’s in addition to a long list of players who emerged from the program to play at the collegiate level.
Co-owned by former Major League reliever Cla Meredith, the Academy shapes future masters of the diamond with instructors who have played the game at the highest level possible without taking batting practice atop Kilimanjaro. Pupils learn how to run down ground balls and put together solid at bats inside the Academy’s two climate-controlled facilities, one of which is located in Rockville and the other in Richmond. Each features batting cages, pitching machines, radar guns, video-tape equipment, and more of the latest teaching devices to help streamline training sessions.
Meanwhile, former softball standouts Synthia Reader and Sara Lassiter—a four-year player at Averett University—lead the softball program, which offers lessons for players of all ages and boasts its own competitive travel team. Richmond Baseball Academy also teaches youngsters ages 5–12 how to hit, field, and sniff out any sunflower seeds within the city limits in four-day baseball summer camps.
Next Level Fitness LLC's American Fitness Professionals & Associates–certified instructors send groups into fits of energetic, ever-changing exercises during outdoor workouts. They tailor the routines to suit patrons of all fitness levels, helping them build core strength, power, and endurance at their own pace while still being challenged. In any given session, attendees might swing and twirl heavy ropes for resistance, or run with medicine balls, hop, and do pushups. These varied exercises help to stave off the boredom of repetition, which can cause students to lose interest in working out.
Next Level Fitness's Tabata bootcamp, a program intertwined with the standard outdoor class, is designed for those with busy schedules, helping clients fit in one-hour workouts three times per week supplemented by shorter workouts on three off days. Complementing the fitness routines, trainers also provide nutrition tips and exercises to not only sculpt bodies, but keep them healthy too.
Michael Glatter has appraised fitness from many different perspectives—as an athlete on a wrestling team, as a competitor in power-lifting meets, as an Applied Health Science student in a college classroom, and as a personal trainer. He brings his extensive athletic experience to Glatter Fitness, pulling from his knowledge of kinesiology and expertise in various training methods to craft workouts designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. His constantly varied boot-camp workouts are packed with strength-training and cardiovascular exercises such as kettlebell swings, lunges, and mountain-climbers.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
The trainers at G.O.A.L. Performance Training want to eliminate athletic injury and poor performance. To do so, they arm their charges with knowledge about the specific physical requirements for their respective sport. They design programs that address these individual issues, helping them to develop speed, strength, power, agility, and endurance. Most of their training programs focus on pro, collegiate, and youth athletes, but they also offer regular classes for adults.
A dual-modality health-care clinic, Hawthorne Healing Arts integrates the naturopathic remedies of Craig T. Fasullo, ND, and the Chinese medicine of Maegan N. Hodge, LAc. Together, they develop programs of treatment aimed to restore patients to the peak of health⎯a state that goes beyond the lack of disease to an ebullient state of well being and immunity toward falling over. Through naturopathic medicine, Fasullo aims to reinforce the body's self-sufficiency with homeopathic treatments and nutritional counseling. Hodge, meanwhile, draws from broad training in herbalism and acupuncture to address a long list of ailments, from allergies to chronic pain.