ThankDog! Bootcamp's team boasts a personal trainer and nutritionist, as an exerciser would expect, but there's also one unusual staffer: a dog trainer. That's because the boot camps don't just focus on the fitness of owners, they also tend to the physical and behavioral health of pooches. While humans work out under the leadership of the personal trainer, furry friends follow along with guidance from the dog trainer, which results in tighter bodies for owners and better behaviors for pets.
?We are not limited by four walls of a gym; we are only limited by our determination and imagination," declares Corey Belin, founder of Belin Sport & Fitness. This isn't empty talk from the fitness professional, either. Belin applies this philosophy to all of his programs, challenging his members to push themselves toward their goals during fitness boot camps, whether they want to lose weight or build the endurance to run an underwater marathon. He also gets pulses pumping with the Insanity workout, a program that uses a flurry of exercises to jumpstart metabolism and sculpt lean muscle.
In the dead of night in 1976, the Abi-Najm family boarded a cargo ship bringing only what they could carry; an escape from Civil War in Lebanon called for a quick getaway. They traveled across the ocean to safety in Arlington, Virginia, where they were able to open a small cafe in 1979. To save money, they changed the eatery?s name from ?Athenian Taverna? to ?Lebanese Taverna? so that they only had to update one word on the eatery?s marquee.
From these modest beginnings grew a series of eateries that today comprises of six cafes and four quick-service caf?s, all still operated by the Abi-Najm clan. One look at the menu explains the success: chicken shawarma, spicy hummus, lamb tartare?all Lebanese staples that helped the restaurant earn a spot on Northern Virginia magazine's list of 25 Iconic Eats. There's even kibbeh, or stuffed meatballs, which blend ground beef, lamb, almonds, and pine nuts into fried spheres suitable for felling miniature bowling pins on top of the table before entrees arrive. The decor is as striking as the cuisine; inside the Bethesda location, light filters through the colored glass lanterns that decorate the dining room.
Personal trainers and Impact Fitness founders Annessa Bontrager and Morgan Shetler aim to bring out the athletic edge in each of their clients. They provide focused attention during personal-training appointments, and push bodies past their perceived limits in boot-camp classes. Park & Train sessions encourage exercisers with functional training in local parks, rather than aimlessly lifting dumbbells at a nearby mall. No matter the class or location, Bontrager and Shetler strive to bring clients life-changing results.
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.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.