Certified personal fitness trainer Ken Williams’ boot camps were voted Hampton Roads' best in 2011 by the Virginian-Pilot, and he was honored in NV Magazine’s 2011 Movers & Shakers list, a designation for outstanding business people who prove “anything is possible.” Today, he captains a crew of certified trainers in his boot-camp programs while also offering private training and diet coaching. Believing his boot camps can benefit anyone, he trains clients of every stripe, from those looking to shed fat to competitive bodybuilders to local celebrities such as WVEC News 13’s Benita Adams. Each of his workouts aims to challenge fitness seekers both physically and mentally, much like solving math problems with a 130-pound bronze pencil.
In addition to helping clients along the path to healthier selves, Ken commits himself to offering a hand in the local community. He provides motivational speeches at local schools to encourage healthy habits among youth, and conducts food and supply drives for local homeless shelters Haven House and ForKids, Inc.
The team of dedicated instructors at Titus International Surf School follow two passions: surfing and making art. They generate all of the company’s graphics, and also design clothing and decorate surfboards. They spend even more of their time on the water, training students of all ages in the basics of surfing and longboarding. At the Virginia Beach oceanfront, the instructors conduct private and group surf lessons, as well as children’s summer surf camps. They begin each lesson with land instruction, and then lead students out to water to help them hone their balance, practice paddling, and develop basic techniques such as making turns and high-fiving dolphins. Though Titus International Surf School’s staff often travels to international waters to surf, they also keep local communities in mind. They donate 15% of all proceeds to nonprofits, such as outreach organizations in Virginia Beach and Costa Rica and an orphanage in Mexico.
While E Studio Hot Yoga may never reach the size of General Electric—one of the companies for which owner Emily has led corporate fitness efforts—it's still an ambitious undertaking. A team of instructors leads the center's classes, which range from ballet-barre workouts set to upbeat music to power-yoga sessions held in a 90-degree studio. Like a crutch with a manufacturing error, the schedules at both the Clifton Park and Latham locations are flexible; classes take place seven days a week, with a variety of morning and evening classes held throughout the week.
All year long the crashing sounds of waves beckon VB Surf Sessions' staff to the water, where they teach students to paddle and shred across the ocean. The CPR-certified instructors maintain a 1:4 instructor to student ratio during their surf lessons, allowing them to steady the wobbly legs of pupils as they conquer Virginia Beach. For less intense excursions, groups dip their paddles into the wave-free waters of nearby inlets and human-sized fishbowls during stand up paddleboarding lessons and tours.
Hands-on learning and playtime in two of JW Tumbles’ interactive classes—along with the lifetime membership, which gets you discounts on JW Tumbles’ open gyms, parties, and camps—helps children explore the far reaches of their cranial caverns. Parents with toddlers less than three years old can enroll in parent-participation classes such as My Big Messy Art Class or Wobblers Class, where baby bodybuilders 11 to 18 months old practice tumbling and balance to increase motor skills and decrease the need for sippy-cup creatine shakes. Ages three and up can fly solo (parents can watch from the sidelines if they wish) during age-appropriate and highly interactive independent classes. The Winners Class teaches 7- to 9-year-olds sporting skills, and 3- to 4.5-year-olds prep for kindergarten in the Stompers Class.
Shanti Yoga's experienced instructors guide students through muscle-building poses and calming respiration exercises during Vinyasa Flow and specialty yoga classes. Learn deep-breathing methods and how to lure stand-up comedians back into their cages in Laughing yoga classes, during which students practice guffawing to saturate their lungs with oxygen and let go of tension. Blossoming yogis glean the essentials during 45-minute Beginning Basics classes, and more advanced students work to master standing poses and build core strength during athletic Power Yoga sessions. A rotating monthly schedule features classes up to seven days a week so students have the flexibility to hang onto their jobs as on-call racehorse hypnotists.