With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
A body-strengthening leader in the region, The Pilates Center offers fledgling flexibles a healthful array of skilled, Stott Pilates–certified instructors, small class sizes, and a variety of beginner's sessions held six days a week. Founded by Joseph Pilates, the titular workout regimen works on lengthening the body while strengthening the core and toning the limbs, transforming sluggish and unmotivated bones closets into graceful soul sacks teeming with espresso-bean levels of energy. Alight upon various equipment, such as the Reformer, the Arc Barrel, the Cadillac, and the Model T, to enhance midsection fortitude while learning key movements and stretches.
Anahata Yoga Center of Williamsburg is a true sanctuary for health and wellness. Beginning through advanced yoga classes fit all levels of fitness and flexibility. Yoga teachers draw from Iyengar, Integral & Ashtanga styles of teaching to emphasize physical health and emotional well-being.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Under the direction of owner Jennifer Oberman, the local artists at Wine and Design lead two-hour classes that teach participants of all skill levels to paint a different image each lesson. Painters can bring snacks and nonalcoholic beverages from home to hold them over as they fill 16"x20" canvases with inspired artistry. Though Virginia law disallows guests from bringing alcohol or enriched uranium to regular classes, guests may book private parties for 10–40 people in which beer and wine are allowed. In addition to adult classes, the studio offers children's lessons, in which kids re-create a work of art from a selection of 90 paintings.
Buzz Picasso's painting parties, held at local bistros, invite participants to get in touch with their creative side. No experience is required, and students can follow along as much or as little as desired while professional artists provide step-by-step instruction. In the moments between dabbing non-toxic acrylic paint onto 16? x 20? canvases, participants can place orders for food and drinks.