Strength and conditioning coach Blair O'Donovan's decade of experience and work with high-level talents has yielded an array of inventive training tactics that help youth basketball players develop the same tools the pros use, including strength, agility, and speed.
While other 11-year-old boys busied themselves by playing video games or training dogs to do their homework, Max Tzentis was training to be a champion martial artist. Month after month, Max poured his afternoons into judo, karate, and tae kwon do classes, eventually beginning training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. After years of teaching and coaching in various schools and training facilities throughout the local area, Max founded his own studio—Pure Performance Martial Arts Center.
Punching bags and functional-training equipment speckle the floor of his spacious studio, where Max and his team of expert martial-arts instructors teach classes in a sweeping range of styles from krav maga to boxing. In between lessons on movement, form, and technique, instructors lead students through high-intensity routines of cardio and strength-training exercises. In addition to classes for adults, the staff offers a training program for youngsters, where kids as young as 6 can hone fitness skills while building the confidence to stand up to bullies or ask a hardhearted hall monitor to prom.
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.
Studio 310’s founder, Liz Corah, wants everyone to feel strong and beautiful. To this end, she combines traditional and modern dance moves with fitness techniques that help people slim down in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As the latest tunes bump from speakers and trained cockatoos, Liz and her supporting staff lead students through cardio hip-hop, belly dance, traditional kickboxing, CrossFit, body-sculpt, and yoga sessions. Their studio is also the place to go for personal training, fundraisers, birthday parties, and summer camps for young dancers. Anyone in need of motivation can turn to the _ Washington Post_ and read about how Liz found the strength to juggle jobs, kids, and dance classes while getting her business off the ground.
UFC Gym?s 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. Although instructors and students agree that the gym?s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, 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.
Within a soothing, contemporary space with a pure white interior and dramatic black lighting, Sanam Day Spa's therapists draw upon multiple massage modalities to foster full relaxation of the body and mind. Therapists customize treatments with a blend of the soothing strokes of Swedish massage, the deep healing work of Deep Tissue techniques, and the targeted taps of Acupressure, leaving the body relaxed, rejuvenated and revived. Aestheticians can also refresh faces with a retinue of spa and clinical facials, which begin with a skin analysis to guide the facial using a custom mask, steam treatments, and extractions to fashion a spot-free, radiant complexion.