Onelife Fitness's six Hampton Roads locations boast a variety of amenities well equipped to blast exercisers and their listless, Game Boy–toting abdominals out of a fitness-free funk. Cardio machines, and free weights tone bodies, while affording each patron the opportunity to custom-build his or her ideal workout. For camaraderie-focused fitness, group exercise sessions teach standards such as kickboxing, yoga, and cycling alongside originals including body jam, which combines cardio and dance into a single workout that is safer than moonwalking down a bike path. Each facility also hosts a set of extras, including rock-climbing walls, racquetball courts, cardio cinemas, smoothie bars, and lap pools. Check each gym's location page to see a full list of amenities available.
Brandy Hollaway—armed with an arsenal of certifications from ISSA, ACE, and IFA, among others—educates, motivates, and shapes up her clients through her R.E.A.L. (relationships, exercise, attitude, and lifestyle) method. She and her staff of fitness specialists, athletic coaches, and nutritionists whip corporate teams and individual fitness-seekers into shape with their body-bending fitness, yoga, and boot-camp programs. Hollaway's coaches even travel to homes to lead private yoga and fitness classes. To demystify healthy eating and decode what the all-seeing eye at the top of the food pyramid means, the staff carries out nutrition lessons, holistic life coaching, and tele-coaching to reach out to clients with scheduling or travel limitations.
Racks of gleaming free weights stand near benches, weight machines, and heavy bags waiting to be punched. Located on the second floor, the gym's large windows let in plenty of natural light to illuminate exercisers during intense core classes or focused yoga sessions.
A licensed team of male and female massage therapists soothes achy musculatures using a variety of massage techniques. The one-hour therapeutic massage uses long, Swedish-style strokes and circular motions to hoist bodies onto a cloud of relaxation, relieving soreness caused by failed attempts to lick one's own back. The gentle kneading session further unwinds tense bodies by incorporating massage lotions or oils. Meyer Fitness' treatment rooms are tucked away in the back of the personal training studio, away from the rustle and bustle of clanking barbells and endlessly gossiping treadmills.
The fun vibe in Mambo Room’s dance classes and weekly socials isn’t a coincidence. The studio’s instructors hope that by sharing cultural dance in a pressure-free environment they will create a community that genuinely loves to bust a move without feeling self-conscious. With these passionate teachers at the helm, students hone fancy footwork in classes that range from salsa and bachata to Afro-Cuban to Zumba. At weekly socials, students can showcase their newly acquired moves to get comfortable leading and following with partners of all skill levels, giving their poor broom a well-deserved night off.
The Space Above's dedicated instructors lead yoga sessions in several class styles to accommodate students of all experience levels. The studio's robust schedule of classes takes place amid the soft natural light and gleaming hardwood floors of the practice space, where newcomers learn the ropes during Yoga 101, where beginners master the basic poses, transitions, and gentle hip openers to increase strength and range of motion. Mixed-level Anusara yoga classes help students align and balance their energies, and Jivamukti-style classes play a collection of Sting covers to help motivate seasoned stretchers through vigorous flows and Sanskrit chanting as dedicated teachers provide hands-on adjustments to ensure proper alignment during the practice's muscle-building postures. Prenatal classes cater to the relaxation and physical needs of expecting mothers, focusing on soothing stress and strengthening the muscles that support babies-to-be. The Space Above provides mats and props for all practitioners, though yogis are encouraged to bring their own sticky surfaces if they have them.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.