Like a good horror movie, a good exercise regimen shocks the body out of its lethargy, which is why so many personal trainers chase their clients on treadmills while brandishing anacondas. Get in less terrified shape with today’s Groupon to Urban Evolution in Alexandria. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a one-month unlimited-access membership (a $140 value).
- For $40, you get a prepaid 10-visit punch card (a $160 value).
The fitness instructors at Urban Evolution combine martial arts, parkour, and acrobatics with a utilitarian workout philosophy to sculpt physiques worthy of Sparta. UrbanFit classes apply the training methodologies used by many martial artists to fully condition bodies while imparting skills applicable in both the real world and chat rooms for Spiderman avatars. Parkour professors demonstrate how to get over, around, and through obstacles as students develop balance, strength, agility, and speed. Capoeira combines the beauty of dance, the music of Afro-Brazilian culture, and the discipline of an accurately measured 1-inch punch, Brazilian jujitsu imbues students with a practical self-defense method. Alternatively, aerial acrobatics and adult beginner gymnastics give tumblers of all levels a chance to climb, flip, and levitate. Break-dancing instructors help dancers develop physical strength as they learn fundamental moves and the importance of teamwork.
During each visit, students can take as many classes as they like in the fully equipped gym, soaking up the gritty energy of walls graffitied with street art and the text of the Magna Carta. Warriors on a quest for wisdom can peruse Urban Evolution’s frequently asked questions page and find their favorite classes on the schedule.
The world is a playground, according to the stunt artists and gymnasts who helm Urban Evolution. At this CNN- and Channel 11 WBAL -featured gym, there are no treadmills or stationary bikes. Instead, dance-like movements and acrobatic leaps propel visitors toward apexes of fun and fitness. To ready physiques for such feats, ropes, trapezes, and gymnastics equipment facilitate body-weight exercises that build balance, flexibility, and coordination. Seasoned instructors oversee the training space, teaching students how to jump, climb, crawl, and tumble as safely as possible during movement-focused classes such as Parkour, Free Running, and Aerial Acrobatics. Kettlebells and other functional strength-training tools power UrbanFit conditioning workouts, which give participants the brawn to perform everyday tasks such as pushing lawnmowers, lifting grocery bags, and drawing sleighs filled with lazy reindeer.