All the best things come in threes. At least, that’s true of ACAC, with locations in Downtown Charlottesville, Crozet, and Albemarle Square to maximize your access to fitness. The wellness center offers everything from yoga and Pilates to swimming and raquet sports. Plus, there’s a spa. (There has to be some reward for all that hard work.) Just off Rte. 250, CrossFit is gathering its own loyal following, with small-group, semi-private classes that emphasize using your own body’s biomechanics (and not machinery) to achieve lofty fitness goals.
By Eileen Abbott Charlottesville has a robust running community, but it’s not always possible to run with a buddy or a group. And if you’re out solo on the road or a trail, you should know how to run safely. “I certainly do not think running in Charlottesville poses any unique safety
You take care of yourself. No, really—you take care of yourself. Between cycling, hiking and regularly visiting your doctor for eyes, teeth and tight knots, you’re treating yourself to a lifetime of wellness. Here’s where you turn to keep it all humming.
Shape up or ship out, we say. And readers agree, having voted for the best in everything from martial arts school to personal trainer. And, when the going gets a little too tough, you weighed in on the best docs in town to keep you limber and living well. FITNESS CLASS The
Athletic conditioning at ACAC 200 Four Seasons Dr. 978-7523 111 Monticello Ave. 984-3800 Albemarle Square Shopping Center 978-3800 1015 Heathercroft Cir., Suite 100 (Crozet) 817-2055 acac.com Runner-up: Zumba at ACAC At ACAC, the athletic conditioning classes led by Chris Collins and Blaise
Kelly Cox Runner-up: Jennifer Elliott Kelly Cox first found yoga in graduate school as a way to deal with a demanding schedule. In 2010, she combined her love of the practice with her experience as a social worker, and cofounded Bend yoga studio on the Downtown Mall. At Ashtanga, which opened
Pen Park East Rio Road Runner-up: McGuffey Park Corner of Second Street NW and Jefferson Street What’s a three-letter word for fun that isn’t “fun”? Pen. As in, Pen Park. Readers say it’s the best place for kids to play around, and no wonder—its 280 acres boasts eight tennis courts, a Little
Women’s 4-miler Runner-up: Charlottesville 10-miler There are many benefits to running the women’s 4-miler (supporting UVA’s Breast Care Program, improving your health and stamina), but perhaps the most interesting component of the Labor Day weekend run is its training program, which begins two
ACAC Summer Camp 200 Four Seasons Dr. 978-7523 acac.com Runner-up: Triple C Camp 920 Camp Rd. 293-2529 tripleccamp.com In Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, young Sam sets off on a trek of his own while the rest of his fellow campers stay behind. It’s a grand adventure to be sure, but if the camp
Bikram Yoga 109 Fifth St. SE 220-1415 bikramyogacville.com Runner-up: ACAC 200 Four Seasons Dr. 978-7523 111 Monticello Ave. 984-3800 Albemarle Square Shopping Center 978-3800 1015 Heathercroft Cir., Suite 100 (Crozet) 817-2055 acac.com Death Valley, the hottest, driest, and lowest place in
Kate Nesbitt Runner-up: Robin Truxel A lover of movement in many forms, Kate Nesbitt got her start in Pilates in 1980 as a treatment for a dance injury (she studied ballet and modern). She opened Pilates Virginia in 2000, making it one of the oldest Pilates studios in town. Robin Truxel takes
Humpback Rock Runner-up: Monticello Trail “Humpback” is a bit of a misnomer, because hiking actually exercises almost all parts of your body—legs, knees, ankles, arms, hips, butt, abs, shoulders, and neck —instead of leaving you with a, well, humped back. Most folks can climb the four-mile
Birdwood Golf Course 410 Golf Course Dr. 293-4653 boarsheadinn.com/golf Runner-up: Old Trail Golf Course 4594 Golf Dr. (Crozet) 823-8101 oldtrailgolf.com “Hit it. Hard.” That’s a simple enough instruction for Birdwood’s finishing hole, but the 18-hole course at the Boar’s Head is anything but
Hiromi T’ai Chi 609 E. Market St. (877) 880-2479 hiromitaichi.org Runner-up: Charlottesville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 601 Concord Ave. 825-6202 cvillebjj.com T’ai Chi Ch’uan is Chinese for “supreme ultimate fist.” We can’t help but think that sounds pretty intense. But the practice is actually quite