Designed to meet the five pillars of optimum fitness—cardio, resistance training, food intake, vitamins, and professional assistance—Total Fitness helps elite athletes and couch potatoes alike achieve their health and weight-loss goals. Personalized-training sessions are the mainstay of the program, with certified trainers designing fitness plans that cater to each individual’s goals and abilities. Athletes wanting to improve their performance in a specific sport—or even a specific position—can enroll in Sports Strength Camp or boot camps.
TNT Bootcamp of Hampton Roads has built a supportive exercise setting for students of every age and body type, earning a Silver ranking for Best Gym/Fitness Facility in the Virginian-Pilot's Best of Hampton Roads 2011 list. Each 45-minute meet-up features modifiable techniques and a communal feel, as owner Debra Cotton strives to shed weight alongside the camp's other attendees. Music infuses kickboxing strikes and weight-lifts with energized pizzazz as step aerobics, resistance bands, and stability balls condition physiques.
Unlike in a similarly titled section of a high-school yearbook, patrons strive to have their names posted in the website’s Biggest Losers section, many shedding 5, 6, or 8 pounds per week. With nutrition guidance, weekly weigh-ins, and supplementary wellness resources, the boot-camp regimen embraces a holistic approach to physical health and proffers Zumba sessions for those interested in a rhythmic change of pace.
Dim lights gently glint off rich crimson walls, fostering a suitably seductive ambiance for Respectapole Dance Fitness's women-only sensual dance classes. Founder Jessica "Elaine" Edwards helms the studio's team of certified instructors, who aim to enhance both physiques and self-confidence through a blend of aerobic exercise and dance techniques. They strive to cultivate an upbeat, motivating environment for novices and veterans alike as they teach pole-, chair-, and lap-dance moves such as spins, floor choreography, and upside-down poses. To further sculpt toned musculature, the staff pilots hip-hop aerobics classes, and Zumba sessions.
At Tribal Yoga, students of all levels of yoga experience (or even no experience) can meet in a positive community space designed for fun, healthy interactions. The Yoga Alliance-trained teachers lead a diverse selection of classes—from preschool yoga to prenatal—all of which balance breath work, meditation, and asana. They can accommodate whatever intention students have for their yoga practice, whether they just hope to relax, lose weight, and, for kids, just have fun.
Between the unpainted walls of Profound CrossFit’s bare-bones personal training gym, certified trainer Heather Walburn inspires a family-like vibe with her classes, a team spirit that keeps everyone involved as they cheer and motivate each other toward achieving their goals. Although she fosters a positive environment, she still pushes everyone to their limits with the CrossFit system—a method that features constantly changing exercises and functional, everyday motions such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. The daily workout includes a grab bag of exercises, including everything from jumping jacks and air squats one day to short sprints and jump rope the next.
At Janna’s International Dance Studio, owner Janna Beaufait draws upon more than 30 years of Middle Eastern dance experience to teach shimmies from across the globe. Students of all ages and skill levels can chisel their earthly edifices in yoga or Zumba classes, practice the seductive art of belly undulation, or learn how to navigate dance floors in a range of styles. Like tandem unicycles, ballroom, salsa, and hula classes are designed to help couples move together with precision and grace. Ballroom classes explore a specific dance style such as swing or cha-cha over the course of four weeks; in addition to practicing footwork patterns, students learn how to lead or follow their partner. Salsa classes teach New York–club-style swivels and shimmies, and six-week hula classes bolster romantic bonds as partners swivel hips in unison and gaze into one another’s monocles. Fueled by traditional Polynesian music and modern tunes, each session imparts flirty hand and torso movements through a simple choreographed routine.