Roger Mack comes from a place of experience when he trains clients to overcome their obstacles, both literally and figuratively. In 2004, he qualified for the Olympic Games Trials in the 110-meter high hurdles, but a knee injury cut his quest short. He barely missed a beat, though, using his passion for health and fitness to land gigs such as training members of the green team from season six of NBC's The Biggest Loser.
Today, as a trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, he leads his signature R2|M2 boot-camp-style fitness classes. These sessions combine body-weight exercises, weightlifting, and stamina work to help clients boost metabolism, gain strength, and refine body definition. He also offers more specialized services, such as sport-specific training, injury rehabilitation, and nutrition counseling.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
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 at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Dance classes at Born 2 Dance Studio cater to the nightclub and the ballroom alike, with more than 60 weekly lessons for adults and more than 40 for kids as young as 3 years old. Adult lessons are broken into three categories—dance fitness, performance, and technique and choreography—so students can better choose a class that fits their interests. Within those categories, styles covered range from belly dancing to hip-hop to ballroom to jazz. Kids also have myriad classes to choose from, including break dancing, Zumba, and bollywood. In addition to regular lessons, children can participate in recitals, enroll in dance-centic summer camps, or celebrate birthdays with a hip-hop dance session and party.
Instructors at Heart and Soul Yoga Studio lead 13 different yoga classes each week. They lead students in flowing vinyasa techniques and the fast-paced rocket yoga, which is rooted in ashtanga practices and designed to build strength and flexibility quickly.
The gym itself might be somewhat spartan, but CrossFit North Vienna is set in an exceptionally inspiring environment: it lies right along the scenic W&OD trail. Exercisers who want to maximize their athletic potential and run or handspring through more of the great outdoors simply step inside for one of CrossFit's intense workouts of the day.
Trainers Chris and Stephanie Hafer bring backgrounds in wrestling, weightlifting, swimming, and diving to their classes. That makes them very well-suited for CrossFit, which is a never-boring, mad-science mixture of elements taken from many different athletic disciplines. The end goal of all those push-ups, squats, and lifts is functional fitness, helping members become stronger and feel better in all their daily activities.
Derek Burns's hard-earned muscles are not only hard to ignore, they also come with a long history. It all started when Derek was 5 years old and first started playing football. He quickly fell in love with sports and started building a skill set that would stay with him his whole life. He later took those athletic abilities overseas during his eight years in the Navy, where physical fitness became an integral part of his everyday. Upon returning to civilian life, he decided to follow through with his passion for fitness and earned his certification as a personal trainer.
For more than 15 years now, Derek has helped people transform their lives through his fitness programs that include personal training and group fitness. He also works with athletes to up their game or avoid being mistaken for the ball with sports performance training.