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.
Since 1990, our neighbors have obtained an outstanding education in modern competition taekwondo. Students learn world class techniques in a rewarding multicultural experience. Safety, respect, discipline and fun are benefits enjoyed by our dedicated students.
Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.
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.
Often considered to be one of the top yoga studios in the country, you can be sure that Tranquil Space is not a misnomer. The studio sports three yoga spaces, named after the Earth, the Sky, and Bamboo, where well-trained instructors teach mostly Vinyasa-flow yoga, though there are classes in other disciplines. Tranquil Space also hosts evening workshops, with topics ranging from journaling to backbends, all from inside their spacious Dupont studio. Aside from the three yoga rooms, there are large dressing rooms that offer showers for both men and women, and the downstairs check-in area doubles as a yoga lounge and gift shop. Classes aren’t cheap, but prices are in line with most competitors, and occasional charity classes, where proceeds go to good causes, top out at $5.
SalFit & Associates founder Salone Jones boasts an impressive resume detailing her experience as a professional dancer, actress, and fitness model, but her passion lies in the time she spends with her students during personal-training sessions. She discovered early on in her career that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so no fitness plan can offer a “one size fits all” solution. That’s why she spends each boot camp walking from student to student, offering individual guidance. SalFit sessions make use of outdoor structures such as stairs and ledges, where participants perform hardcore endurance, strength and flexibility routines with a little bit of dance thrown in to work out internal metronomes.