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.
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.
The experienced instructors at The Pilates Center draw on more than 600 hours of training to lead workouts in a studio stocked with Pilates apparatuses. The 50-minute mat classes combine resistance work with stretching exercises, using magic circles, hand weights, and stretch bands to increase core strength and reduce stress and stress-related giggles. Beginner mat sessions establish a foundation for future classes by improving flexibility and imparting the wisdom behind each stretch, allowing intermediate classes to include more extension and inversion techniques in their regimens. Mat Flow & Stretch sessions introduce fluid transitions into the workout, creating a more kinetic Pilates class that tasks an armada of bands and rollers with elongating the body's eager musculature. Classes meet about eight times throughout the week, and the center provides mats and necessary equipment, leaving customers with nothing to tote along other than their opinions on faster-than-light travel.
Flow Yoga has both a Leesburg studio and a recently opened Ashburn location. The Leesburg studio features hardwood floors, high ceilings, and lots of windows to let in natural light. It offers a warm, inviting atmosphere for yoga as well as a boutique for the purchase of mats, accessories, and other essentials. As for the Asburn location, a team of talented instructors helped design the new space to exact specifications. It boasts two different practice rooms: one for heated classes, the other for non-heated. It also pumps atmosphere through its oxygen air system, filling lungs with the most essential element for exercise or breathing fire. Both practice spaces receive tons of natural light that rewards bodies with vitamin D and the studio with a lower electricity bill.
ATA Elite Martial Arts operates as a branch of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), an organization with more than four decades of teaching experience. At the Elite Martial Arts facility, instructors sharpen students young and old into physically fit, self-confident prot?g?s. Tae kwon do for adults classes blend traditional disciplines into intense cardio workouts, and krav maga classes teach usable, real-life self-defense methods to fend off attacks. For younger practitioners, the facility offers several programs, including Karate for Kids sessions that instill healthy habits and self-confidence at a young age.
The staff at Svetness brings their personal-training expertise directly to your doorstep. They provide all of the necessary accoutrements—kettlebells, medicine balls, bands, and free weights—to help clients lose weight, tone muscles, or become flexible enough to be their own coat hangers. After solo or group training sessions, clients can even enlist the expertise of Svetness's on-staff massage therapist for muscle-soothing sessions.