Sherma Francis founded Diva Fitness because she wanted women to have a holistic alternative to the gym. That explains why the boot-camp classes are held outdoors, but the workouts aren’t just an opportunity to admire the fresh air and blue skies. Francis is a certified fitness and spinning instructor, and her intense cardio and strength-training exercises are designed to whip bodies into shape fast. In addition to boot camps at public parks, she offers at-home personal-training sessions for exercisers who prefer to work out in private or are afraid of being distracted by cute baby deer.
Tamara Clark, owner of TC Artworks, completely renovates spaces without ever picking up a hammer. Her tool is a paintbrush, and her skill in wielding paint was evident to a national audience when ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition commissioned her to decorate a new home in 2006. She can add texture and depth to ceilings with a modern cluster of curlicues, melt away walls with a mural of the outdoors, or reinvent furniture by distressing it or adding stenciled shapes. The decorative artist reveals some of her tricks at Vino and Vintage art classes, where students enjoy their own drinks and snacks as she instructs them on chalk paint, metallics, and other techniques for revamping furniture or home decor.
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.
Voted the top local yoga studio by Richmond Magazine, Yoga Source offers around 50 classes a week ranging from prenatal programs to weekend workshops. Certified instructors promote the proper postures and inhalation execution necessary to improve pliancy and increase circulation among waning subscribers. Buy a vowel with tongue-twisting techniques like Iyengar and Vinyasa, designed to help each shape-shifter experience the transformative power of yoga, while drop-in classes allow for increased flexibility.
As the proprietor of Main Street Spa & Wellness Center, Janice Bonner maintains a passion for helping her clients not only look stunning and youthful, but feel fulfilled, self-confident, and healthy. Customized facials prevent acne breakouts and reduce fine lines, while body wraps and polishes slough away rough skin and prevent the growth of exoskeletons. Hot-stone and aromatherapy massages relieve stress, while colonic, reflexology, and castor oil treatment packages help all the body's interconnected systems work in harmony. After hours, Bonner devotes her time to ending domestic violence and human trafficking through her work with Anastasis International and the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
Studio owner Khalima?s knack for putting others at ease helps her students to drop their inhibitions in favor of fun, sensual choreography. Khalima and her highly trained staff host seminars in several styles, ranging from classic and tribal to improvisational fusion. They showcase their steps on a sprung wood floor, twirling in front of a mirrored wall to better examine their form and check to see if their navels are still fastened. Whether they are hosting a weekly series, a special workshop, or a private party, the teachers preserve a welcoming atmosphere for guests of all ages and abilities.