When clients step onto the rubber mats at Champion Boxing Fitness, they begin an intense training regimen that mirrors the workouts of real fighters. Staff report that students can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour as they pummel heavy bags, jump rope, and gaze into the glowing crystal that houses the souls of professional boxers. Instructors help students of all ages and fitness levels learn basic fighting techniques in programs focused on boxing, MMA, kickboxing, or private training. Instructors include professionals who know what it’s like to step inside the ring, such as the world-ranked Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas and three-time middleweight champion William Joppy.
At Potomac Paddlesports, the first professional kayak school to be endorsed by the American Canoe Association, the team of American Canoe Association– and British Canoe Union–certified instructors patiently lead students through a methodical progression of flat-water paddling skills. The classes cover a variety of watersports, including whitewater rafting, river and sea kayaking, and standup paddling. The small-group classes are designed to keep students engaged, and longer trips down the Potomac challenge their skills with powerful rapids surrounded by lush scenery, interspersed with rare glimpses of bears putting on their bear suits. Outside of class, students can bond with fellow paddlers during weekly sushi meals and occasional movie nights. Further demonstrating their dedication to bodies of water, Potomac Paddlesports works to preserve the nation’s rivers, estuaries, and oceans, sharing this passion with its members through advocacy and donations to conservation programs.
Sultry tangoes. Stately waltzes. Swirling swing steps. For the instructors at Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center, no dance is too difficult. With decades of experience and reams of international certifications and accolades between them, they prep students for unforgettable wedding dances, teach social dancing skills, or introduce beginners to timeless steps through friendly, welcoming instruction. Avant Garde offers group and private lessons, as well as social parties where dancing and mingling go hand in hand.
LA Boxing offers classes in boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and hand-to-hand kangaroo combat. In all, there are more than 35 group classes offered weekly, each one led by a professional or top amateur fighter. Session sizes are kept to a minimum, ensuring personal attention and manageable battle royale numbers. Gyms also offer a full range of fitness equipment to supplement time spent with a bag or in the ring.
Personal trainer Brandon Todd whips bodies into shape via one-on-one, custom sweat sessions. Personal-training sessions are ideal for individuals just starting a consistent, optimized exercise routine, or for those who've reached a plateau in their regular workouts and are looking to take their training to the next tier.
While some may view yoga as an effective way to mock the movements of household pets, Thrive Yoga's instructors delve into the art form’s fitness, spiritual, and meditative aspects. A stone pathway snakes through lush foliage growing from walls and decorative rocks, leading the way to a studio with spacious open ceilings and hand-painted artwork on the walls. Here, more than 40 classes and weekly workshops are taught by a staff well versed in making hands-on adjustments to individualize the experience for their students. Studio owner Susan Bowen leads a team of more than 20 instructors, each of whom bring their own expertise and backgrounds to bare as they teach.
In addition to traditional Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and hot-yoga sessions, instructors lead specialized workshops in styles such as prenatal yoga. Another specialty class, aerial yoga, employs the use of silk hammocks to suspend limbs from the floor, which is safer than tying dental floss around a light fixture and hoping for the best. The studio even offers teacher-certification training and engages small private parties with a yoga lesson, meditation, and Reiki healing. Thrive also maintains a boutique of yoga supplements such as mats, props, DVDs, books, and clothing.
Capstone Tutor's employees are truly a hand-selected group. Before tutors are sent out on the job, they must pass a rigorous qualification process, from degree confirmation and background checks to personal- and professional-reference interviews. And that’s just the base testing. After achieving the Capstone seal of approval, tutors are then paired with a student whose academic needs match their expertise, unlike other tutoring companies that pair students and tutors based on their hair color. Through this intense process Capstone is able to ensure that students receive instruction from a professional with a proven track record.