At Shockoe Bottom CrossFit, the focus is always on the functional cross-training exercises that make up each CrossFit workout. In the spartan 5,000-square-foot space, Shockoe Bottom CrossFit's trainers show newbies the ropes during Fundamentals classes, and everyone gets the chance to tackle the constantly changing Workout of the Day. Classes are capped at eight or twelve to ensure more personalized attention, with each exercise scalable to a person's physical abilities. Aside from CrossFit classes, the facility also offers yoga classes, strength programming, and mobility seminars.
At Richmond Balance, trainers forge bodies to match the beauty of life-changing events. Their new mommy boot-camp classes help ladies achieve post-pregnancy goals, such as a slimmer stomach or arms that can change stroller tires without a jack. Support remains the common element of these specialized programs?the staff gathers students with similar objectives and capitalizes on a sense of camaraderie. The same method guides the Balanced Buddies system, in which partners share the same personal trainer.
Even outside the communal atmosphere of classes, Richmond Balance prioritizes an intimate, custom approach to health. Its certified trainers will travel to homes for private sessions or supervise clients as they sweat aboard the gym's Precor, Tuff Stuff, and Schwinn equipment. During workouts, guests can occupy their eyes by watching the individual flat-screen televisions on select machines or by counting the exposed bricks on the walls around them.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come ready to have fun.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 18 and older
Practicing yoga leads to a wealth of mental, emotional, and physical benefits, including a relaxed mind, boosted self-confidence, and a toned, more flexible body. Shockoe Slip Yoga invites students of all ages and athletic abilities to realize these benefits themselves with a variety of yoga classes. In addition to yoga, the studio also offers SurfSet fitness classes, a fun cardio workout that mimics surfing movements without ever having to conquer your deep fear of the mighty ocean.
Located in the historic Shockoe Bottom district, longtime venue Hat Factory plays host to an extensive variety of live entertainment. For 13 days in October, the club morphs into Fear Factory, a ghoulishly gleeful haunted house spotlighting themed events every night. Scare-seekers may glimpse the spirit of clown Thurman "Laughing Man" Ray, whose undeadness adds a chilling layer to a seemingly innocent profession. The eerie extravaganza commences on Tuesday, October 19 with a special Halloween edition of the club's popular RVAlution with Dave Nada, a study in social interaction co-chaired by live performers and professional DJs. The Massacre-ade Ball on Saturday, October 30 provides the perfect excuse to wear that plainclothes police officer costume you've been storing all these years. The visually inclined can experience the spine-tingling Fear Factory teaser video here.
At FIT Richmond, workers-out of all proclivities and fitness levels can raise their heart rates and build core strength in 45-minute FIT Group Training classes, which derive their potency from full body exercises and personalized attention. FIT Richmond’s certified personal trainers forsake a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness and instead tailor each workout to fit their students’ specific needs as snugly as a bug in a spandex rug. Workouts operate in a circuit format to ensure that no joints or muscles feel unduly neglected as their owners spread around their sweat-soaked love in even measures.