Lexington's only Latin-dance studio, The Dance Place makes its spicy steps and traditional ballroom styles fun and accessible for all skill levels. Latin 101 introduces beginners to the energetic, sensual footwork of merengue, salsa, bachata, and cha cha. The Ballroom 101 course, meanwhile, focuses on the basics of the waltz, foxtrot, and the tango. Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a contemporary hip-shimmy, stately waltz, or a well-coordinated move to a nicer part of town, away from that mouthy opossum that keeps opening your mail—is an exhilarating way to get exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new and graceful friends. Classes start the week of January 16.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
At Surfset Fitness, you can develop the lean, toned body of a surfer without ever leaving dry land. Surfing fitness classes feature full-body exercises performed atop a board and using the same moves you’d employ while catching waves. Students build muscle by paddling with resistance bands and doing pushups on the board, which dips and bends to simulate the motion of the ocean. This helps to activate stabilizing core muscles and assists in the perfection of Frankie Avalon impressions.
Rebecca Noland believes women should support each other, which is one of the reasons she founded Lexington Live Fit. Rebecca understands the daily struggles of women because she has experienced them herself, from body-image issues and dietary pressure to the stress that comes along with everyday life. At Lexington Live Fit, she designs short workouts that harness the philosophy of Tabata circuit training—performing high-intensity exercises with short periods of rest in between. The workouts typically last 20 minutes and can help burn calories while also boosting metabolism.
At Bliss Body's open, airy studio, you'll find practitioners bending and stretching in a variety of yoga classes held throughout the week. During vigorous ashtanga sessions and gentler basic yoga—designed to supply beginners with a strong foundation—instructors teach the importance of wellness-prompting activities such as mindfulness, steady breathing, and not starting every morning with a warm cup of gravy. The studio also offers Pilates, a challenging, core-toning regimen that both strengthens and lengthens bodies, available in multiple levels.
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.