At DSTinction Fitness, the experienced fitness trainers aim shorten calories’ lifespans through a combination of tried and true exercise, detox plans, and body wraps. The team emphasizes effort, expounding the simple truth that slim, fit bodies can generally only be achieved through hard work. This philosophy is evidenced during their boot camp and group run classes, during which students of every fitness level undertake a jaunt through the park and then return for push-ups, squats, and stair climbing. But the team’s adherence to hard work hasn’t made them forget that fitness can be fun. Stiletto classes let ladies don high heels and for sexy low-light sweat sessions and Zumba classes shimmy mid-section to the spicy beats of Latin-infused rhythms.
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.