Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Specializing in personalized one-on-one instruction, Our Dance Studio acquaints dancing dilettantes with the basics of their favorite style, including ballroom, Latin, swing, salsa, and country-western dancing. During private lessons (a $150 value), students can bring a partner or fly solo and foxtrot across the spacious dance studio with an experienced instructor. The 55-minute lessons are ideal for spouses-to-be prepping for their first dance or those simply looking to dancersize their way into a pair of skinny skivvies. Stick to the regal waltz, re-ignite toe-tapping passions with the salsa, or add a boot-scoot boogie to your personal repertoire with a country-western lesson. Following the conclusion of their second session, students can test out new moves and mingle with other newly-minted jitter bugs during a two-hour open dance (a $10 value per person). Make your feet happy enough to forget the weight they carry every day by exposing them to the bountiful dance-based benefits of Our Dance Studio’s classes.
In the glow of the studio's chandeliers, women-only fitness classes are divided into two types: Sugar and Spice. Lessons listed in the Sugar category include Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and self-defense. Piquant curricula labeled Spicy get students shimmying through burlesque, belly-dance, pole, and Booty Beat routines, as well as water aerobics performed in a pool of Tabasco. Ladies of all fitness levels are invited, gathering in groups of 15–20.
Up to 25 celebrants enjoy private parties, which involve custom pairings such as pole dancing and french manicures. Private lessons impart skills to between one and four pupils, and special events showcase diverse skill sets, such as Bollywood-style dancing.
At Sol Studios Fairfax, co-owners Teya Valentina Chavez and Chris Krotky combine forces to create a culturally rich studio. Chavez, a yoga practitioner of 20 years, heads the instruction of the studio's multi-level Vinyasa yoga classes, which are staged in both heated and non-heated rooms. Other yoga classes include Valentina core fusion, which integrates weights to build core abdominal muscles, Valentina dance method, a high-energy class that incorporates various dance techniques from throughout the world, and yin yoga, which uses deep stretches to challenge yogis of all skill levels. Krotky––a drummer, composer, and music producer––oversees the studio's monthly lectures and performances and creates the soundtracks for the yoga classes.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
High cholesterol and high blood pressure?the doctor who gave trainer Emeka Umeh this diagnosis unknowingly lit a fire beneath a patient already tired of his XXL-sized wardrobe. Emeka worked to overcome the unhealthy habits that had fallen into, completing hardcore workouts that eventually slimmed him down to a mere 10.3% body fat. With compassion for those in similar plights, Emeka now guides patrons of all fitness levels through intensive workouts designed to boost their metabolism and tone their musculature at Fit Body Boot Camp. Each session combines both cardio and strength training, drawing together innovative suspension training and battling ropes with primal strength-training techniques that hark back to when early humans first drove their Camaros out of the primordial soup. Over the course of camp, many patrons see slimmer physiques and beefed-up brawn emerge. In addition to leading boot campers, Emeka also offers personal-training services, conducts body assessments to chart his clients' progress, and outlines nutritional plans, pushing his patrons to live healthier lifestyles.