Practicing martial arts for the past 20 years, Sean "The Silverback" Stoopman has earned master bodyguard instructor certification, a Brazilian jujitsu brown belt, and a first-degree black belt through Israeli Krav International. He now lends his notorious nickname and ample expertise to teaching classes at Silverback Academy with the aid of five other trainers, each with a litany of their own achievements.
The school's disciplines are split among the practical striking, locking, and stress tests of krav maga training, and the competitive submission grappling art of Brazilian jujitsu.
When you did fitness alone, you couldn’t figure out the machines, did a wimpy walk on the treadmill, went home, and ate Funyuns. Today’s Groupon brings back the buddy system with $75 for three 45-minute personal training sessions at Fitness Together, a $225 value. With 13 participating locations in the DC metro area, you're bound to pass one on your way to the grocery store and four on your way to the grocery store that carries your favorite brand of Yoo-Hoo.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
nZone describes itself as a "sportsplex"?and its array of fitness options lives up to the title. Below, a condensed directory for the sprawling facility, home to everything from basketball courts to meeting rooms.
The fields: nZone boasts three indoor turf fields, ideal for soccer scrimmages, lacrosse games, or games of zero-hole golf. It also houses two full-size high school basketball courts, and a volleyball court for sets and spikes.
The classes: The fitness instructors lead classes for adults and for kids. Adult sessions hew, for the most part, to gym classics, such as Pilates exercises or Zumba dance-fitness. Kids sessions take a quirkier tack, though?one cardio workout hinges on hula-hooping.
The equipment: Gear for independent workouts run the gamut from treadmills and recumbent bikes to Bosu balance balls, designed to strengthen stability muscles.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Throughout the majority of her life, Catherine Cochran has actively sought out ways to challenge her physical limits. She spent her childhood as a competitive gymnast until a serious injury prevented her from continuing. From there, she moved on to youth soccer and high-school track before eventually dropping out of athletics altogether and sticking with traditional gym routines instead. These routines failed to provide her with the same drive that she had experienced when training, though. When Catherine discovered the CrossFit program, she recognized it as a training regimen that would channel her competitive spirit in a productive manner and inspire her to constantly, yet safely, challenge her physical limits.
This discovery eventually led Catherine to open CrossFit Chantilly, where she and her team of coaches introduce visitors of all ages and fitness levels to CrossFit workouts. At their core, the workouts use high-intensity sequences of functional movements?such as deadlifting weights, climbing ropes, sprinting, doing pushups, and crushing coal into diamonds?to improve students' strength, stamina, and cardiovascular endurance. The program allows individuals to scale the load and intensity of each exercise to match their fitness levels. Since safety is always a priority, the coaches begin each workout by leading group warm-ups, and they constantly monitor students to make sure everyone is using safe, proper form and technique.
In 1985, drawing from his own struggles with learning to read, Dr. Ken Gibson set out to change the way we learn. After convening with other experts to discuss challenges children were facing in the classroom, he cocreated a cognitive-skills program that eventually became the foundation of the LearningRx centers.
The clinically proven brain-training method, which is used on adults and children alike, consists of specific targeting, one-on-one coaching, and immediate feedback. Using professional cognitive tests, the centers first identify where strengths and weaknesses lie in their clients? cognitive framework. From there, they are able to tailor mental workouts that help strengthen those areas of the brain and even create new neural pathways. The brain-training method can be beneficial for struggling students, adults wanting to remain competitive in the workplace, and the elderly.