Award-winning fitness coach Walter Lewis has trained contestants competing for Miss USA, Miss International, and Miss DC International. He’s the author of The 4 Secrets to Healthy Living for Busy Professionals and has trained over 1,000 businesspeople, helping clients build lean muscle and burn fat in his acclaimed boot camp classes and personal training sessions. Whether the goal is weight loss, muscle gain, or simply to build strength and increase energy, Walter has a plan to shape up clients’ bodies and reshape how they think about fitness.
Instructors Marsha Banks-Harold and Erika Gary both have degrees in electrical engineering, a discipline strongly rooted in science and logic. It's their shared love of the spiritual discipline of yoga, though, that brings them together at PIES Fitness Yoga Studio. The studio stays versatile, with yoga styles that range from high-intensity hot yoga to Egyptian-inspired kemetic yoga.
Yoga's the main attraction here, but clients can also take part in belly-dancing lessons, pulse-pounding Zumba classes, and kickboxing sessions led by kangaroos. If you'd rather be at the front of the classroom, you can take a teacher training program to learn the ins and outs of yoga philosophy, ethics, and poses to become a certified yoga instructor.
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.
Taekwondo isn't just about using feet and fists for self defense. It's a journey of the mind, the body, and especially the spirit at Kingdom Warriors Christian Taekwondo. The school is a ministry of Washington Community Church, and as part of the esteemed United States Chung Do Kwan Association, Kingdom Warriors also has the certified blessing of World Taekwondo Federation. As both a licensed minister and a high ranking black belt, Senior Grandmaster Ed Sell has ministered to thousands of soldiers, carrying on Kingdom Warriors motto: "To give strength to the weak, confidence to the timid, and spiritual guidance to those who seek after God." In addition to their lessons in self-defense, self-discipline, physical fitness, coordination, and spirituality, Kingdom Warriors Christian Taekwondo also counts itself a part of the SPARK after school program series in which youngsters can learn taekwondo, or enjoy tutoring, socializing, and study activities.
Balmy, salty gusts blow across the meandering cruise ship's sundeck, dancing through strands of hair and cooling faces lifted to meet the sun. A group of yogis lifts fingertips to the sky amid the sounds of lapping waves and the distant cries of seabirds as one of the highly experienced instructors from Pure Prana Yoga Studio leads them in a 60-minute Vinyasa or Hatha class. In addition to opening their muscles and lungs to the cleansing sea air, guests can socialize with the other travelers during the full lunch buffet. The dining room resounds with happy chatter as guests mingle and munch on a smorgasbord of upscale cuisine including made-to-order omelets and make stops at the salad bar and the ham-and-turkey-carving station.