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It is a common misconception that you have to be a ballet dancer to do barre work.  But the reality is that there is absolutely no dance experience required.  It is true that barre is used extensively in ballet training and warm up exercises but barre work is an excellent workout in and of itself. It can help improve flexibility and strength in individuals looking for an alternative workout. Most people are surprised to find out that barre is much more of a workout than it appears.  Here are the top 10 benefits of taking a barre class:

By Danielle Fix,  Lead Therapist - Gainey

Simply stated, massage is the manual manipulation of muscles, tendons and connective tissues,helping to improve flexibility, circulation and accelerate recovery from injury or strenuous activity. Additionally, massage instigates the release of serotonin and oxytocin – the “happy hormones” that reduce psychological stress and can lower blood pressure, among other benefits.

How to Get Started in the World’s Favorite Court Sport

By Will White, Camelback Tennis Director

Watching Serena Williams or Roger Federer competing is a thing of beauty – an athleticism born of desire, and of course, practice.  It’s mesmerizing – two opponents swatting a tennis ball back and forth, forcing the other to cover every inch of court, while landing their shots with sharpshooter precision.

By Abby Luedecke, Triathlon Coordinator at the Village DC Ranch

Running, for the most part, is a solo sport. Many of us run to clear the mind, relieve stress, and give us time for self-reflection. Who couldn’t use some “alone time” every day? However, after 15 years of running, I've come to realize the invaluable benefits of running with a group. It doesn’t have to be a big group, yours could be as few as two, but here are five good reasons why you should buddy up for your next run.

How Many Runners Practice Yoga Today?

According to the 2016 Yoga in America Study (conducted by the Yoga Journal, Yoga Alliance and Ipsos Public Affairs) there are 36.7 million people practicing yoga and 79% of those people also engage in running, cycling or weight lifting. Why? Yoga is just flat out good for you, it can increase flexibility, strength, athletic performance and decreases stress. Check out the report for more information regarding how Americans view yoga and what motivates them to practice this ancient technique.

The health and fitness industry has been booming and expanding at an exponential rate in the 21st century. With this growth comes a multitude of different workout trends, styles and fads. One trend that has seen the most growth is group training classes — and with good reason. Small group training, a comprehensive full-body workout class of 5-8 individuals led by a personal trainer, offers individuals the opportunity to experience working out in a very positive and purposeful way. Today, group training is less about sweating to the oldies, and more about expert guidance, accountability and engaging with your community while staying fit.

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