Nationally board-certified oriental-medicine specialist Nancy R. Radice believes that effective and natural healing can be achieved without scalpels, pills, or robotic nursing assistants. Drawing from ancient practices that date from more than 2,500 years ago, Nancy performs acupuncture and Chinese-medicine treatments to re-establish harmony in the body, stimulating key nerves under the skin with strategically placed needles during acupuncture and precise finger pressure in acupressure massages.
Through Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique, or NAET, she also helps identify clients’ allergies, whether they spring from certain medicines, vegetables, grasses, or plants. After hunting down each allergy, she’ll draw from a range of disciplines—including acupuncture, energy balancing, chiropractic medicine, and nutritional studies—to treat allergies in the hopes of reducing or negating their sneeze-inducing effects.
On his website, certified trainer Bill Abbott admits he may be “the laziest health and fitness expert in the world.” A lack of enthusiasm for drawn-out workouts and strict diets led him to develop the Unstoppable Fitness Formula—an efficient exercise routine that incorporates cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility to burn up to 850 calories per hour. During indoor classes at Fit Body Boot Camp, he and his team lead campers in whittling physiques with suspension trainers and battling ropes, using positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than the intimidation and ridicule employed by sentient refrigerators. In addition to correcting form and technique, the staff helps guests keep metabolisms roasting by doling out expert nutrition advice.
Dan, the head instructor of Shaolin Academy of Self Defense, boasts 25 years of martial-arts experience and black belts in shaolin kung fu and shidokan karate. At his martial-arts studio, where he doesn't get ridiculed for wearing two belts, he and his team of trained instructors teach self-defense techniques during adult, youth, and women's-only lessons.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
Between the gym walls, people are flipping tractor tires end to end, throwing medicine balls around, and jumping on and off tall wooden boxes. It may sound chaotic, but there’s a method to the madness and CrossFit Fort Washington's instructors make sure that method means a full-body workout. The staff fosters a tight-knit community as they shepherd classes through challenging workouts of the day (or WODs) such as pushups, inchworms, reverse scorpions, box jumps, and extreme high-fives. Using functional movements and an assortment of equipment, regular bouts of high-intensity exercise tone complete physiques through a mix of weight training, simple gymnastics, and cardio exercises.