On Fridays at Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club, the aerobics studio turns into a dizzying dance space for determined hula-hoopers. Staff members cheer on guests of all ages and teach helpful techniques as they swivel their hips to keep rings in orbit. But the atmosphere is far from competitive-Hula Hoop Fridays, like all other days at the gym, prioritize support and courtesy over the kind of cutthroat competition seen in pro sports and suburban landscaping.
This attitude is a constant across the diverse curriculum of group fitness classes, which includes kickboxing, Pilates, and spinning sessions. Hula-hooping isn't the only rhythm-based class on the schedule, either: during Drums Alive, students beat elevated stability balls with drumsticks, participating in a safer percussive cardio workout than catching a medicine ball with the double-sided tape on your face. For one-on-one routines, certified personal trainers draft plans to suit clients' fitness and nutrition goals. They balance encouragement with expertise and use the club's exercise equipment to lead patrons from stationary cycles to free weights and strength machinery.
Visitors can supplement their reps with facials, reflexology treatments, or waxing at the onsite spa. The kids' club allows exercising parents to leave their children playing games and watching Dora the Explorer instead of playing hot potato with the massage therapist's hot stones.