Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women?s-only gym?s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym?s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym?s complimentary daycare.
With 24-hour access, aerobic and mixed-martial-arts group classes, and well-appointed facilities, Club One Fitness aims to be the ideal backdrop for any workout routine. The schedule of group exercise classes includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Boxers spar with other members or against the gym's stash of weighted bags during boxing classes for adults and tykes, who learn the pugilistic art in an Olympic-sized ring that, according to the Washington Post, "bears no resemblance to the worn, dingy boxing gyms of Hollywood movies, even though some Gold and Silver Gloves fighters, and a few pros, have trained there."
The staff of personal trainers and athletes show new members the ropes with three complimentary orientation sessions sessions; during the first, staffers talk to new members about their workout history and goals, and show them how to use Life Fitness treadmills, LifeCycle exercise bikes, elliptical cross-trainers, and stair climbers. On the second visit, they explain how to use Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength-training and toning equipment. On the third and final visit, staffers give members their own personalized workout program, calibrated to help them reach their goals. From there, members can forge their own fitness paths or buddy up with a personal trainer.
Staffed by trained personnel, the bright and roomy childcare center keeps young ones engaged with toys, a big-screen TV, and a PlayStation. After adults catch their own entertainment in the cardio theater, which projects movies as guests decimate calories, they can relax in the sauna, hop into the tanning beds, or shower off sweat and punching-bag tears.
At Feel Better Fitness, key fobs grant clients 24-hour access to the gym’s facilities. Feel Better purchased all of its gear from the now-defunct Snap Fitness, creating a glorious bodybuilding phoenix out of the old gym’s ashes. Free weights, modern strength-training machines, and cardio equipment from brands such as Cybex and Eagle populate the gym floor, while flat-screen TVs hang from the walls. The staff offers boot camps as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. as well as personal training and nutrition instruction to help guide clients toward their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club prioritizes 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 Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates, and spinning sessions. 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.
CrossFit South River's coaches liken their system to a kid's time on the playground. They motivate their students to shimmy up ropes, sway from gymnastics rings, and play games of toss-back with medicine balls. These are just a few of the engaging exercises that fill out the CrossFit method. All the exercises condition participants with functional movements, prepping them to excel at sports, physical work tasks, and everyday activities. Routines are switched up every day, too, to keep everyone interested while bolstering their cross-training prowess. To ensure everyone can succeed, they can scale the workouts to suit any age and fitness level, and offer an optional fundamentals class in which first-timers can learn safety measures and proper technique.
The 60,000 square feet of space at South River Fitness is divvied up between cardio and weight-training equipment and classrooms for Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes. But the amenities don't stop there--an on-site day care keeps watch over members? kids and sensitive houseplants during workouts, while an organic smoothie bar refuels guests post-workout.