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.
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.
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.
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 Mise En Place Cooking School, a staff of culinary artists and sommeliers teach visitors how to navigate the kitchen during an array of cooking classes. Aspiring foodsmiths follow their instructor?s lead as they get their hands messy slicing, dicing, and mixing fresh ingredients to build tasty meals in a variety of disciplines. The culinary wizards demonstrate easy, straight-forward approaches to fixing dishes and robust sauces, teaching students that knives are best used for chopping, instead of throwing at people strapped to spinning wheels. The crew also hosts parties for both adults and kids, during which participants craft meals to share in the school's bright, airy studio, or at an off-site location, such as the celebrant?s home.
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