When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Driven to share her passion for yoga with others, Quiet Mind Yoga’s director Rita Maximilian left her career in business development and education-policy reform to become a yoga instructor. She and her dedicated instructors guide students of all fitness levels through a variety of yoga classes—with a focus on the Iyengar and Ashtanga practices—at Columbia Heights’s first yoga studio. They help newcomers build a foundation for their practice during beginner sessions by walking pupils through standing and seated postures, and challenge more advanced students in intermediate-level Vinyasa classes that connect postures with athletic transitional movements, culminating in the secret yogi handshake. As a member of Live Green, Quiet Mind Yoga's studio provides environmentally friendly props, mats, and blankets to help students enhance their yoga practice while giving Mother Nature the day off.
Three blocks away from the busy Columbia Heights Metro, Kali Yoga Studio is a place for the community to gather for a peaceful, intentional yoga practice. The certified instructors offer Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga classes. At this eco-conscious studio, students can enjoy a long embrace with a tree outside and then come in for Yin & Yang yoga sessions, which feature deep, long-held postures, or classic vinyasa classes, which feature flowing, connected yoga asanas and sun salutations. And each instructor goes out of their way to make every student, regardless of skill level, feel welcome and offer modifications to both challenge and fit their practice. The studio's shining dark wood floor and mimimalistic decor help clients keep their attention inward, while natural light streams in through numerous windows.
Pole Pressure owner Jessalynn Medairy is an international pole-dancing performer, judge, and teacher. In 2010, she placed fourth in the US Pole Dancing Championship, she has appeared numerous times in Pole2Pole magazine, and she often performs for NATO. With these credentials, Jessalynn heads a team of certified pole-fitness instructors as they teach students the art of pole fitness in a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes. The instructors keep classes small to give students the one-on-one attention they need to master the sultry and muscle-toning spins, twirls, and climbs.
City Fitness Gym promotes healthier lifestyles in a community environment with cardio and weight equipment, communal fitness classes, and personal-training sessions. The cardio area houses a cross-section of calorie-busting machines such as Life Fitness treadmills, a Versa Climber machine, and Concept II Rowers. A full free-weight room comes stocked with balance boards, medicine balls, and kettlebells, accompanied by weight machines to help clients add some definition to their frames.
A full schedule of classes, including Pilates, yoga and body-sculpting sessions as well as one-hour personal-training that helps clients map out their fitness goals without having to watching old VHS tapes of Pumping Iron.
No worries, mate. There’s no kangaroo on the menu at the Kangaroo Boxing Club – just smoky American meats like good old pulled pork and brisket. Open for drinks, dinner and brunch, KBC specializes in barbecue, but you can also get delicious homemade pastrami, along with hamburgers and classic Southern sides like collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Weekend brunches are hearty, like the Aporkalypse, a patty combining pork, ham and bacon that’s topped with a fried egg and maple syrup. Frequent drinkers can join the Mug Club and purchase a ceramic mug for personal use and related discounts, or stick close to the looming full bar for an array of cocktails. When it’s nice out, stick to the outside tables that line the gray front, considering how stuffy the smallish, wood-accented interior can get.