Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
Waves tumbling across sand is one of the most relaxing sounds. It is appropriate, then, given the name of her studio, that instructor Sue Wattenbarger has a soothing voice that doesn’t disturb the sense of calm in a room full of yogis. She calls on that calm demeanor, along with more than 200 hours of training, to guide students through restorative yoga classes. Sue specializes in lymphatic classes that help circulate fluids in the body and strengthen the immune system. The staff there is also experience with guided relaxation massage and yin yoga, which uses longer poses to increase mobility in the joints or make hiding in the National Mannequin Museum all day easier.
For the past 17 years, Kevin Marone and Charles Morely have been engaging their community with a passion for dance. In that time, they have cultivated a team of expert instructors who fill Crystal Ballroom’s sprawling wooden dance floor with students of all ages and skill levels. Dance coaches teach private and group lessons, host dinner-and-dancing socials, and even instruct students preparing for competition. Their wide range of expertise ensures that rug-cutters can focus on any style they may be looking for, from tango and waltz to East Coast swing and foxtrot.
Certified CrossFit trainer Rob Davis and his team of trainers rely the system's on muscle confusion and functional strength workouts to boost the fitness of students of all ages, sizes, and experience levels. At CrossFit Triple D—where the three D's are desire, discipline, and dedication—free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls occupy the space between patriotically painted walls. Members push through CrossFit routines both inside and outdoors, completing obstacle courses that include everything from tire flips to sled pushes. Workouts also rotate daily, ensuring that muscles never tire of strength, cardio, and endurance routines that might include everything from situps and jump rope sessions to box jumps and burpees. Rob and his trainers aim for a healthy balance between guiding individuals and fostering teamwork, often reminding recruits that "we can't make you want it, but we can help you get there."
Master Gym’s training facility houses circuit weight stations, elliptical machines, and other high-quality cardio equipment. Members can work up a sweat following their own routine, or they can join in on one of the regularly scheduled classes. Zumba classes burn calories with fun dance routines set to Latin-inspired music, and cardio-kickboxing sessions help tone muscles using a series of jabs, hooks, and other boxing moves. Master Gym also offers boot-camp sessions, which mix a variety of exercises to build strength and endurance.