Having a baby presents a new set of challenges to any family, as Stacey Bergin-Melito, very well knows. As the founder of Natal to Nest and a mother of two, Stacey works to ease the stresses of childbirth via fertility workshops, pre- and postnatal yoga classes, and support groups. Her staff features health specialists including a board-certified lactation consultant, a nutritional-therapy practitioner, and a registered nurse, among others. Together, the team brings moms closer to new babies as well as to fellow parents in a relaxed setting.
Yoga in the Nest makes yoga and barre classes a relaxing escape. The unheated, hype-free setting keeps its focus on the practice, and knowledgeable, caring instructors help heighten the studio's community feel. To take some of the stress out of fitness, students who take daytime classes can take advantage of on-site child care. Class size is limited and reservations are required.
Speed. Strength. Endurance. Powerhouse Strength & Conditioning helps exercisers achieve fitness goals like these during personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, which simulate exercising in a hall of mirrors. Owner and fitness coach Tom Leonard draws from more than 15 years of experience when working with athletes or everyday clients.
Comprised of doctors, fitness trainers, and physical therapists, the team at Rock Creek Weight Loss demonstrate their ongoing commitment to good health with dietary coaching services and a nutritional program devised by Ideal Protein. Clients on Ideal Protein’s plan might dine on entrees including herbal omelets and spaghetti Bolognese, snack on peanut-soy puffs and white cheddar ridges, and indulge in such desserts as banana pudding or cookies-n-cream bars. The eating advice is easily supplemented by Pilates classes led on-site, helping bodies to burn calories and gain the flexibility to dodge any hamburgers thrown at their faces.
The students at Vertical Academy Workout spend very little time on the ground. Led by certified instructors, they climb and spin on the studio's poles, practicing everything from basic grips to full routines. Depending on their level of experience, they take one of four levels of classes that teach proper pole form. Many classes also incorporate costuming and props that embrace the art's theatrical side, though only the most advanced teach the infamous pole-dance scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Other classes focus on fitness, integrating ballet barre exercises that tone the entire body.