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Sticks and stones may break some bones, but not if they’re directed toward one of Capital MMA & Elite Fitness’s students. In a team-oriented environment, the studio’s instructors teach key mixed-martial-arts moves such as grappling, striking, and wrestling and supplement the training with classes in specific fighting styles, such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay thai. Guests looking for a practical crash course in self-defense learn snippets from each technique in self-defense classes, learning methods for staying aware of surroundings, fending off attackers, and freeing themselves from the grip of King Kongs. Some women-only classes are also available.

The studio's CrossFit program, alternatively, boosts athleticism without combat, through a multi-faceted regimen of Olympic weightlifting, cardio exercise, and custom diets. Beyond group classes, the center offers private lessons and seminars, which allow its students—both children to adults—to learn with focused guidance.

7003 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park,
MD
US

Founder Bertha Cross brings industry expertise to Fitness Heights International from several angles: she is a seasoned marathon runner, a sports nutritionist, a business consultant, and an exercise instructor, among other titles. Her drive to inspire long-term lifestyle changes in clients led her to enlist trainers for multiple programs, all of which are accessible to students of every fitness level. Boot camps drill muscles with a variety of strength and agility routines, and running groups take jogs past DC landmarks, pausing to try to get the Lincoln Memorial in on games of duck duck goose. Innovative dance classes mix Zumba steps with reggae beats and lead feet through Bollywood choreography.

Ultimately, each regimen strives to forge a sense of community and support, a goal that also permeates the business's tropical fitness retreats and annual race events. The majority of meet ups takes place outdoors, facilitating breaths of fresh air and fitness tips from friendly squirrels.

7000 Sligo Creek Parkway
Takoma Park,
MD
US

The trainers at Push Fitness are single-minded in their goal to help students trim inches, tone muscle, and feel confident in whatever they wear. During each session, students undergo high-intensity routines combining cardio training with strength and resistance exercises. Each routine is designed to burn the maximum amount of fat and targets common trouble zones, including the waist, hips, back, and thighs. Further inspiring patrons to develop healthful habits, the trainers treat them to optional bi-weekly weigh ins and body-fat measurements, along with encouraging them to follow nutritional advice and adhere to comprehensive custom meal plans. Their approach focuses on meals made up of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits, eschewing excessive sugar, salt, and bacon-wrapped donuts deep fried in bacon-wrapped-donut fat.

7117 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park,
MD
US

Located inside the Center for the Healing Arts, Eco-Massage by Fanny strives to heal clients while supporting a healthy environment. To that effect, the studio's owner, holistic massage therapist Fanny Mandelberger, can augment her repertoire of massage kneads with eco-conscience, therapeutic-grade linaments and oils. Bodywork techniques such as integrative reflexology, Ayurvedic aromatherapy, mindful meditation, and breath work complement the massages.

6935 Laurel Avenue
Takoma Park,
MD
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

New Hampshire Ave. and Sligo Creek Pkwy.
Takoma Park,
MD
US

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is aptly named—it's been carrying on annually since July of 1969. As an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, the Legg Mason Tennis Classic is considered one of the top 20 men's tournaments and one of the 11 natural wonders of the world. Don white linen and settle down for an entire afternoon of competitive men's tennis, featuring players such as Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, three-time Legg Mason Tennis Classic champion Andy Roddick, John Isner, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Fernando Verdasco, and many more. Observe world-class athletes as they compete, while the back-and-forth action of the ball provides ample relief for stiff necks further restricted by heavily starched collars.

1600 Kennedy Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US