Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques.
Never content to let a muscle group grow fallow, the trainers at Divine 24hr Fitness are always devising tactics to keep members active and engaged. They dispel the “I don’t have time” excuse by keeping the facility open 24 hours and preempt the "I left my treadmill at home" excuse by stocking the facility with free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment by Cybex. A staff of 20 personal trainers and fitness instructors inspires trainees to sweat in a studio brimming with Trx bands, heavy ropes, and weight sleds. To complement the calorie burning, the gym provides nutritional consultations, multifaceted wellness programs, and escape pods to avoid cookie-selling girl scouts.
With Boot Camp Fitness Force, LLC, the ground is your floor mat, the street is your treadmill, and the tree limb is your pull-up bar. Here, outdoor boot-camp classes replace leisurely gym visits and sling bodies of all fitness levels through workouts that creatively make use of their surroundings. Trainers keep workouts engaging and fun by frequently changing the class’s location, introducing new challenges into every 75-minute session.
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.
At Shockoe Bottom CrossFit, the focus is always on the functional cross-training exercises that make up each CrossFit workout. In the spartan 2,500-square-foot space, Shockoe Bottom CrossFit's trainers show newbies the ropes during Fundamentals classes, and everyone gets the chance to tackle the constantly changing Workout of the Day. Classes are capped at eight to ensure more personalized attention, with each exercise scalable to a person's physical abilities. Aside from CrossFit classes, the facility also offers yoga classes and massages.