At Potomac Paddlesports, the first professional kayak school to be endorsed by the American Canoe Association, the team of American Canoe Association– and British Canoe Union–certified instructors patiently lead students through a methodical progression of flat-water paddling skills. The classes cover a variety of watersports, including whitewater rafting, river and sea kayaking, and standup paddling. The small-group classes are designed to keep students engaged, and longer trips down the Potomac challenge their skills with powerful rapids surrounded by lush scenery, interspersed with rare glimpses of bears putting on their bear suits. Outside of class, students can bond with fellow paddlers during weekly sushi meals and occasional movie nights. Further demonstrating their dedication to bodies of water, Potomac Paddlesports works to preserve the nation’s rivers, estuaries, and oceans, sharing this passion with its members through advocacy and donations to conservation programs.
A nonprofit community arts center, VisArts fills its studios with amateur artists learning techniques of creative expression, and acts as an exhibition opportunity for seasoned creators. Classes span a wide artistic spectrum, including concentrations such as ceramics and glass, many of which can be specifically tailored for the educational needs of children or resurrected Renaissance men in need of a new hobby. VisArts also enriches the community with a trifecta of galleries?the Kaplan, Gibbs Street, and Common Ground?and a thriving resident-artist program.
At TennisTopia, staffers help players optimize their thwacking abilities with a large inventory of rackets, balls, and other gear from brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson and a variety of tennis-oriented services. Restringing keeps rackets in taut, top-notch shape, and the shop also equips male or female teams with the weapons and matching uniforms to wage battle against gophers popping up through the clay in the middle of matches.
Studio 310’s founder, Liz Corah, wants everyone to feel strong and beautiful. To this end, she combines traditional and modern dance moves with fitness techniques that help people slim down in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As the latest tunes bump from speakers and trained cockatoos, Liz and her supporting staff lead students through cardio hip-hop, belly dance, traditional kickboxing, CrossFit, body-sculpt, and yoga sessions. Their studio is also the place to go for personal training, fundraisers, birthday parties, and summer camps for young dancers. Anyone in need of motivation can turn to the _ Washington Post_ and read about how Liz found the strength to juggle jobs, kids, and dance classes while getting her business off the ground.
LA Boxing’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, LA Boxing sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.
Within Yamasaki Academy, seasoned martial artists engage students in a way tailored to their particular athletic capacity. To do this, they follow a vigorous signature exercise program that incorporates technique, sparring, competition training, and overall conditioning. Whether choosing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, judo, strength and conditioning, boxing, or mixed martial arts, classes are available for pupils of all ages, genders, and fitness levels.