CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
Potomac Horse Center may enjoy a tranquil spot among 60 acres, but that doesn't mean there's an abundance of quiet moments on the farm. Throughout the year, the center's calendar is chock-full of equestrian activities, including lessons for students ranging from "Mini Mites" (5?8 years old) to adults, plus around 12 show competitions scheduled every year. Novices hoping to make the leap onto the show circuit can enroll in lessons for classical Dressage, Combined Training, and Hunter/Jumper. Birthday parties, summer camps, trail riding classes through wooded parklands, and therapeutic horseback-riding sessions round out the busy calendar, but thankfully, true solitude is never further than a trail ride deep into the adjacent Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park.
On 4 Steps 2 Fitness’s website, there is a picture of owner Tomeka Wray triumphantly flexing both of her arms. For her, the triumph stems from the moment when she broke the futile yearly cycle of joining a gym—only to quit—and making a list of New Year’s resolutions she would never complete. This moment occurred when she stepped into her first Zumba class. Since that day, her passion for the Latin-inspired dance-fitness workout has fueled her to become a licensed Zumba Basic and Aqua Zumba instructor who now teaches classes of her own, inspiring others to reach their fitness goals and have fun doing it.
The Royal Care Dentistry team—a dentist, an orthodontist, and a dental assistant—help keep chompers healthy for the long run. Dr. Haghighi helps prevent dental decay and fix and painful issues that may arise, while Dr. Heller keeps patients' teeth looking perfect with Invisalign and other teeth-straightening options. Together they treat visitors of all ages, drawing upon years of experience and giving each patient lots of personal attention.
With 30 years of experience and a trusty calculator tucked into his belt, certified public accountant Stuart Fishkin deftly balances books to earn robust returns and keep the IRS safely at bay. As soon as clients deliver their packages of befuddling documents to Mr. Fishkin's offices, he sets to work sussing, sorting, and sculpting tiny paper houses to impress even the most discriminating collectors. An initial 30-minute meeting provides a venue for clients to ask questions and seek tax clarification while Mr. Fishkin clearly points out the papers necessary for filing. The final kaleidoscope of financial figures makes its way to the IRS via paper or electronic filing (an additional $15 fee) no later than April 16, the country's official Tax Day and unofficial Hug an Accountant Day.
Since 1956, Valley Mill Kayak School has trained countless kayakers, including the first kayaking recipients of Olympic medals, on the deep waters of the Potomac River. A former Olympian and four-time freestyle-kayaking world champion, Eric Jackson personally designs the school's lesson plans around modern whitewater-paddling techniques. Eric trains each of the school's American Canoe Association–certified instructors, who, in turn, dispense their knowledge to beginners and proficient paddlers alike.
Through a wealth of small classes, private lessons, and occasional clinics taught by Eric himself, pupils discover such skills as paddling and basic strokes, or attempting to work your kayak into rhythmic-gymnastics routines.