A fitness center that’s stocked top to bottom with equipment and amenities offers an array of options for clients looking to get in shape, but it can also be a little intimidating. That’s why the staffers at Club La Maison work tirelessly with clients to build personal fitness routines that help conquer any initial trepidation. Group classes are just one of the many ways they acquaint newcomers or longtime goners to a habit of health, leading sessions in spin, yoga, and BarreAmped-ballet-inspired workouts. Within a separate Pilates studio, they make use of multiple tools such as Reformers, combo chairs, and ladder barrels. Meanwhile, instructors in an on-site pool lead cardio-centric aquatics classes and intense training sessions for the Marco Polo portion of the Goodwill Games. For a one-on-one fitness experience, Club La Maison’s army of personal trainers are always on hand to help clients develop and maintain a custom workout regimen as well as wring out overworked sweatbands. Their facility is also home to several racquetball and tennis courts and youth programs such as dance and martial arts.
Club La Maison also offers birthday parties, camps, and swimming lessons throughout the year.
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.
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.
Licensed acupuncturist Lance David Isakov practices kundalini yoga, reiki, qi gong, zero balancing, plant-spirit medicine, and other healing techniques like a basketball player practices a jump shot or a pianist practices the piano—with equal parts dedication and joy. He and his staff of fellow licensed acupuncturists and wellness practitioners bundle those same services at Wayne Family Wellness. There, he guides students and patients through overcoming an array of disorders and conditions, including stress, allergies, and fatigue using both classic five element and traditional Chinese medicine styles of acupuncture. Isakov’s wife and certified massage therapist Amy Isakov also lends a therapeutic hand during Swedish, Thai, reflexology, and deep-tissue massages.
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.