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.
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.
Briana Ward didn't find relief for her back pain until she took a yoga class while in Hawaii. The combination of healing poses and tropical heat made her discomfort melt away, but it didn't stop there; it also inspired her to deepen her knowledge of hot yoga. After educational trips to Bali and training with expert instructors all over America, Briana decided to pursue her dream of owning a yoga studio and sharing yoga with as many people as possible.
Today, inside their large, wood-floored studio, Briana and her team of certified instructors lead students of all levels through a variety of balmy classes. Her signature instruction takes place with the heat turned up: temperatures hit about 100 degrees in the morning and 105 in the evening, helping loosen stiff muscles and allowing students to sink deeper into the postures. Guests not yet ready for life beneath the broiler can warm up during cooler classes, where temperatures top out around 80-85 degrees.
Comprised of dieticians, physiologists, and personal trainers, the fit staff members at LifeStyle Wellness all share the same belief: prevention is the best medicine. That's why they anchor their philosophy on the benefits of regular exercise, pairing their expert nutritional counseling with yoga, Pilates, and group fitness classes. The well-roundedness of this approach is evidenced in fitness expert Laura Acosta's Living Lean program, an eight-week class exclusive to LifeStyle that combines customized meal plans with personal training and group support. By eschewing a one-size-fits-all approach to any of their programs, LifeStyle's staff members are able to provide personalized attention and custom-made programs for every client. Additionally, each group fitness class is capped at about five students to ensure instructors bestow each pupil with individualized tips and a pair of monogrammed workout socks.
Marie Rants, owner of Rants Ballroom Company, distills a lifetime of dance experience into each of her classic and modern classes. She draws from her classical training as a ballet dancer in her ballet classes and pours every credit hour of her bachelor of arts in dance from Old Dominion University into tango, cha-cha, and salsa classes. Her fleet-footed prowess further extends to swing classes, where students learn to dance the charleston to impress friends or the lindy-hop to bypass laser security systems during jewel heists.
Certified by the Yoga Alliance, the instructors at Hot Yoga Studio lead daily detoxifying lessons in which they slide into peaceful poses on their studio’s bamboo floors. A wall-length window floods the studio with natural light and offers a glimpse of the world outside, and tall mirrors reflect the yogis as they lead their classes inside a heated environment. This steamy setting purges toxins from the body and allows practitioners to sink more deeply into each stretch.
During the studio’s more intense classes, students cycle through up to 30 postures that release oxygenated blood to organs, which can lead to more efficient living. After class, full-service locker rooms await with showers, shampoo, and blow-dryers. The studio’s shelves are also stocked with towels, mats, organic mat cleaners, and artisanal soaps made with goat's milk and moisture from the clouds that the instructors levitate on.
The sheer size of iNLeT Fitness's dual locations is enough to stun most exercisers. Housed within the expanses are free weights and cardio machines with TVs, a women's-only gym, spinning stadiums, and sports-specific training spaces. In addition to the facility's fitness equipment and areas, customers enjoy high-end amenities, such as a café that pours gourmet coffee and smoothies at the Great Neck gym, spa treatments, massage therapy, and locker rooms with private steam units.