The world is a playground, according to the stunt artists and gymnasts who helm Urban Evolution. At this CNN- and Channel 11 WBAL -featured gym, there are no treadmills or stationary bikes. Instead, dance-like movements and acrobatic leaps propel visitors toward apexes of fun and fitness. To ready physiques for such feats, ropes, trapezes, and gymnastics equipment facilitate body-weight exercises that build balance, flexibility, and coordination. Seasoned instructors oversee the training space, teaching students how to jump, climb, crawl, and tumble as safely as possible during movement-focused classes such as Parkour, Free Running, and Aerial Acrobatics. Kettlebells and other functional strength-training tools power UrbanFit conditioning workouts, which give participants the brawn to perform everyday tasks such as pushing lawnmowers, lifting grocery bags, and drawing sleighs filled with lazy reindeer.
The Yoga Connection’s students work through focused breathing, meditation, and body-bending asanas in Hatha yoga classes at the gentle command of patient instructors. A seasonal schedule accommodates pupils with weekend and nighttime hours. A variety of times is offered for the studio's 75- and 90-minute sessions, including the Gentle Beginners class, where aspiring yogis can harness serenity and hone flexibility with fundamental postures. Level One classes cultivate calm breathing techniques as effectively as an Olympic-caliber Lamaze instructor, and sustained poses help to intensively lengthen limbs in Yin or Deep-Stretch yoga, which helps to increase joint mobility for students with restricted movement due to age, injury, or staring contests with Medusa. The more invigorating Sunrise yoga sessions motivate muscles and engender relaxation with meditation and fluid movements facilitated by exhilarating Sun Salutations.
Though people come to Brickhouse Cardio Club - Manassas for the heart-pumping workouts, they stay for the irresistible international rhythms. Zumba tends to have that effect, ensnaring exercisers with its Latin choreography and dance-party vibe. The floors at the Manassas club pulse with 14 Zumba sessions every week, with classes for those just learning the steps and for those hoping to focus their steps to increase muscle tone or accommodate mobility needs. Owner Kenni Powell supplements these Zumba sessions with exercise classes that combine her love of dance with proven methods of muscle toning. Her staff teaches everything from the acrobatic moves of capoeira, a Brazilian martial-arts dance, to the Japanese-inspired circuit training of Tabata Abz, helping clients find fun alternative ways of getting fit without picking fights with a cheetah. Brickhouse Cardio Club also offers classes such as Tabata Abz and Les Mills programs such as Bodypump and Bodycombat.
Since its inception, Brickhouse has blossomed into a franchise, expanding into 25 locations, including some in the United Kingdom, where it hopes to supplant aerobic chimney sweeping. No matter the location, each club hosts its signature workouts in pared-down studios that feature the franchise’s familiar electric-blue and neon-green walls surrounding a stage.
In 2011, Von Brianna achieved one of the highest honors possible for a pole-fitness competitor: the title of Miss Georgia Pole Champion at the Southern Regional Pole Fitness Competition. But she didn't let the honor go to her head. To the contrary, her win inspired Von to take pole-dancing fitness to the masses––including people who had probably never stepped up to the pole unless they volunteered with the fire department. So a year later, she founded Doll House Pole Fitness with the goal of making pole-dancing a normal part of every woman's fitness regime.
She and her instructors ease new students into pole-dancing through introductory classes. These 50-minute sessions teach foundational pole, chair, and floor work. Once pupils have conquered that class, they're free to move on to other beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes and start spinning around lamp posts on the street. Or they can try an aerial fitness class, during which yoga or strength moves are performed with the support of a hanging fabric sling.
UFC Gym's staff features a team of professional fighters who come from backgrounds as boxers, mix martial artists, professional Muy Thai fighters, and Bruce Banners at its many area locations.The proprietary style of the UFC Gym workout is a mixture of genuine fight training and engaging fitness routines, designed to help clients use fitness techniques to reach their health goals. Clients can burn 800 to 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration and jukes, jabs, and kicks that the instructors demonstrate as students practice techniques on 150-pound punching bags. The facility includes a regulation-sized boxing ring, quarter octagon, full weight room, cardio equipment, and showers for both men and women. Session sizes are kept small, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle-royale numbers.
Like UFC Gym, the boxing arena is no slouch when it comes to fitness: fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes, and additionally, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Vertical Rock’s expansive, air-conditioned facility welcomes climbers ranging from novices to experts with routes suited to every level of ability. The climbing wall towers to more than 50 feet, crisscrossed by numerous lead-only and top-rope routes with difficulty grades falling between 5.5 and 5.13. A mighty arch of more than 125 feet spans the space, littered with treacherous horizontal hangs to entice advanced climbers as well as those who have been banned from the St. Louis Arch. First-timers can start out with open climbs, which include an expert’s assistance with putting on the harness, tying the safety knot, and belaying for three separate climbs. From there, committed climbers advance through the outfit’s lineup of expert-led classes, starting with basic safety skills and techniques in the Learning the Ropes intro course and running all the way up to advanced classes on crack climbing, functional movements, and escaping from prison.