"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Dahn Yoga founder Ilchi Lee, "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance. Dahn Yoga is also taught at independently owned and operated franchises called Body & Brain Yoga.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
SoldierFit utilizes time-tested U.S. Army training techniques to bring functional fitness to its clients. With your personal-training session, you'll get focused feedback as you jog, lift, crunch, and jump jacks in your quest for His-or-Herculean perfection. This deal includes a free physical assessment with a health screening and a body-fat-percentage calculation, as well as a suggested diet custom-tailored to your needs. You'll also get a SoldierFit T-shirt to wave around in triumph after scaling your individual-fitness Everest. SoldierFit's personal-training sessions are held at any Anytime Fitness or any Fitness First Health Clubs locations in Maryland. Get your Groupon and call SoldierFit to schedule your one-on-one walk down the fitness fairway.
Sultry tangoes. Stately waltzes. Swirling swing steps. For the instructors at Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center, no dance is too difficult. With decades of experience and reams of international certifications and accolades between them, they prep students for unforgettable wedding dances, teach social dancing skills, or introduce beginners to timeless steps through friendly, welcoming instruction. Avant Garde offers group and private lessons, as well as social parties where dancing and mingling go hand in hand.
High-energy beats from artists such as Flo Rida, B.o.B., and the Black Eyed Peas bounce forth from the spinning studio at Rock Creek Sports Club, where nationally certified trainers lead stationary cyclists through challenging routes. In addition to these pop-powered workouts, the studio hosts more than 50 other fitness classes, an array of options that prompted the editors of Bethesda Magazine to name the studio 2012’s Best Neighborhood Gym. Zumba classes encourage students to boogie away calories to latin beats, and boxing clinics incorporate one-on-one attention from Golden Glove winner Russell Davis. The team of trainers can also coach visitors through the weight-loss process, or helm small group workout sessions capped at eight participants. The gym also welcomes independent workouts, with equipment such as treadmills, benches, and weights awaiting a few breathless reps of their own.
Dr. Steven Horwitz, who was recently named one of the area's top chiropractors by the Washingtonian, and kettlebell instructor Jason Schreiber lead Capital Sports Injury Center’s Maryland Kettlebells classes with experience and contagious motivation. A graduate of Cornell University and the National College of Chiropractic, Dr. Horwitz is a former bodybuilder, and Schreiber is a martial-arts expert and amateur powerlifter. Both are skilled trainers who help kettlebell participants efficiently lose fat, build strength, and increase flexibility. Small class sizes ensure members receive individual attention while maximizing the benefits of kettlebell-swinging motions and fluid body movements. Thanks to the extended center of gravity on a kettlebell, fitness fans receive a full-body workout that strengthens the core, improves posture, and increases cannon-loading abilities twofold.