Adam and Jennifer Pismeny have always been passionate about fitness. They both became involved with sports at a young age: Jennifer enjoyed swimming, cheerleading, and dance, and Adam focused on activities including soccer and BMX racing, qualifying for state-level meets and competitions along the way. Perhaps as a facet of their team-sports experience, the duo also has a long history of helping others. Jennifer, who has struggled with weight concerns, obtained her undergraduate degree in elementary education, and both of them became certified personal trainers to guide other people toward achieving personal health goals.
Along with trainer Joe Boozer, the Pismenys share their knowledge and experience at Hampton Roads Adventure Bootcamp, which is part of one of the largest boot-camp organizations in the world. Their program was designed by fitness expert John Spencer Ellis to build strength and confidence via a combination of motivating, varied workouts and nutritional guidance. The team hosts sessions five days a week all year long, leading groups of about 30 women through exercises that can be modified for all skill levels or any number of extra biceps.
Romp n' Roll’s energetic instructors inspire parents and children alike to get on their feet and learn in structured play-based educational classes. In small groups, kiddies engage with their peers and their environment during interactive lessons, such as dancing sessions or art explorations, which nurture their physical and mental development. Instructors keep their lessons lively by infusing play into each assignment. Outside the classroom, the staff hosts indoor play time to give kids a place to safely unleash any remaining energy. Parents can attend classes with their kids to spend quality time with their offspring and finger-paint something other than office budget reports.
Inside CrossFit Little Creek is a constant flurry of activity. Members swings kettlebells over their heads,climbs ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and jump onto wooden plyometric boxes. It just another CrossFit workout for these folks, led by certified trainers to ensure the correct form and guttural cries are used. CrossFit, steeped in functional fitness movements, also employs Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics exercises. In addition to the warehouse-style space, the gym has a 6,000 square foot outdoor area for private workouts under the sun. Members can skip over to Pretty Lake or Chesapeake Bay for beach- and water-laden exercises.
Two hundred seventy locations. Thirty countries. The numbers behind My Gym’s global span are impressive, but they can’t compete with the gym’s mission—to help kids develop cognitively, emotionally, and physically. Intended for children 6 months through 13 years old, each My Gym location divides its schedule of classes and camps into nine age-appropriate groups. Little Bundles (6 weeks–6 months) for example, will explore their visual, audial, and spatial facilities, while the oldest kids of the bunch—Cardio Kids (7–13 years)—expend excess energy during fun circuit-training workouts dotted with nutritional tips.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars, rowers, GHD machines, wall balls
Students should bring: water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot