Fit Time for Women leads an all-female ensemble through energizing, calorie-kicking classes, including Flirty Girl sessions, which harness the power of dance to tone and trim torsos. Tara, an experienced instructor, models sensual movements drawn from music videos, pole routines, chair dancing, and the peacock's courtship ritual to transform workouts from repetitive drudgery into spirited hullabaloos. Up to 30 shimmiers per class undulate abs, gyrate shoulders, and pop hips to the heart-pumping tunes of club music. After learning Flirty Girl's fun, steamy dance routines, students strut away with enough confidence to cartwheel into their bosses' offices and demand all office chairs be replaced with gilded thrones.
Jackie Tamminga, co-owner of Tammcor Fitness with Keith Tamminga, draws on more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry each day. She slips through the club, overseeing trainers during complimentary sessions introducing guests to safe and effective techniques. Cardio machines purr, punctuated by the percussive, metallic sounds of resistance machines, free weights, and Olympic gold medals just being tossed on the medal pile. Music drifts from group fitness classes covering workout methods including salsa, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and spinning. Patrons of all fitness levels mingle in the gym, and special programs cater to groups including the elderly.
At Solid Roots Yoga, a team of eminently experienced instructors share their passion with practitioners across a variety of skill levels. Novices learn the ins and outs of flexibility-boosting exercises with Ashtanga or Slow Flow, and advanced students tackle achieving greater mind-body awareness.
In a friendly, casual environment for sinews of all ages and fitness levels, Shelby Fit For Life starts every member off with one 60-minute personal-training session. An experienced trainer works with guests to assess fitness, note any special needs, and develop an exercise plan for quick and efficient results. Inside the fully equipped facility, treadmills and ellipticals toast calories, and a weight stack circuit and TRX suspension trainer expand muscles like puffer fish. Those favoring a more exotic approach can take advantage of Gyrotonics equipment to trigger memories of jungle-gym exploits or spice up workout routines with one of the included group classes. Students dance the night away in Zumba, find inner gurus with tai chi, or pack in strength, cardio, and core circuits in interval challenge. With keyless entry, Shelby Fit For Life stays open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
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Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.