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NP Personal Training | Arlington

NP Personal Training | Arlington

Allie Smith

MY Personal Training Experience at Next Phase

For years, I was doing my same gym workouts, rotating between machines and weights where I wasn’t seeing a difference. Not good or bad. Next Phase was convenient to my apartment and though I wasn’t a fan of group fitness, my boyfriend and I gave it a shot - quickly realizing it was on of the hardest workout we’ve ever done.

Next Phase soon became an addiction for us both and changed my mindset of group workouts. Even in a class setting, the trainers make your workout feel personal. They will start to recognize you, push your fitness limits and encourage you through every class.

Every time I walk into the studio now, I know I am walking into a fun and supportive community rather than feeling like a number in the group. The workouts at Next Phase are like nothing you have done before. Every week and every day has a new focus combining strength, power, toning and endurance training which creates fun workouts that actually show results.

Since starting at Next Phase just 7 months ago, I am the leanest I have been since moving to DC 3 years ago. My muscles have significantly toned and while I didn’t drop pounds, I did drop body fat percentage. Try a class, I promise you will not regret it!

NP Personal Training | Arlington

NP Personal Training | Arlington

Wes: Is the MAN

MY Personal Training Experience at Next Phase

I have received personal training at Next Phase for over two years and the results have been excellent: both my upper body and core strength have improved dramatically, and my overall conditioning has improved as well.

This has allowed me to continue to participate in competitive sports at a high level and to significantly reduce sports-related injuries.

My current trainer, Shannon Ropelewski, is awesome!

Shannon worked with me to establish specific strength and conditioning goals and created detailed training programs to meet those goals. Shannon provides strong positive encouragement during all my workouts, and has a great sense of when to push you and when to step back. She is a terrific trainer and person!

NP Classes + Personal Training | Bethesda

NP Classes + Personal Training | Bethesda

“I’m now in my mid-30s with two children and in the best shape of my life.”

Michelle: Marathon Runner + Badass Mom

1. why next phase?

When I first moved to the Bethesda area, I tried a few other studios in the area but nothing kept my interest.  Then I discovered Next Phase. From the moment I walked in the door, I knew this place was unique, in the best way. The workout was incredibly challenging and rewarding, and the other participants were welcoming and encouraging. Now Next Phase feels like a second home. I have made lifelong friendships, worked out consistently and properly for the first time in my life, even during an entire pregnancy.  I’m now in my mid-30s with two children and in the best shape of my life. Results aside, I continue to come back to Next Phase because I enjoy it. I can leave all my external stresses and to-do lists at the door for an hour, laugh and challenge myself in new ways, and end each session looking forward to the next workout.

2. How did the addition of personal training help? 

I’ve always been skeptical about working with a personal trainer.  In the past my preference was to set goals, and attempt to achieve them on my own; however, I never obtained the desired results. I’ve always considered myself in shape and fit, but after having my second child, I decided it was time to try working with a personal trainer.  I set a lofty goal for myself to begin training for a full marathon a few months after my son’s birth.  
When I first met Steve, his dedication and excitement was contagious.  He is constantly evolving and focused on making sure he provides you with all the necessary tools to achieve your goals.  With his support, guidance, and weekly sessions, I was able to successfully complete my marathon, feeling stronger than ever before, while setting a new PR by more than an hour.

NP Classes | Bethesda

NP Classes | Bethesda

“I never thought I would enjoy the group classes; I honestly didn’t think it would be hard enough for me. I was wrong!”

Billy : Golf Pro + Athlete

1. why next phase?

There are many reasons why I choose Next Phase to workout over other places; the location is great, the instructors are motivating and knowledgeable, the class schedule works well with my schedule, the instructors offer modifications to make exercises harder or easier and the #NPfam is a real thing!

2. As a golf pro and athlete, how have the classes at Next Phase helped your performance and strength?

As a golf professional and instructor I have knowledge of how weak areas of the body can negatively affect the golf swing. The majority of the exercises performed at Next Phase are beneficial for anyone involved in golf and really any other sport.  I have seen a noticeable difference in areas of my swing and the ability to swing the club with more speed and precision.

3. Anything else you'd like to share?

When I joined Next Phase in 2016 I had just recovered from a neck fusion surgery and needed to get back to the gym and get back in shape.  My wife had joined the #NPfam and she encouraged me to come take a class. I never thought I would enjoy the group classes; I honestly didn’t think it would be hard enough for me.  I was wrong! Every class and every exercise can be made harder or easier by modifying weight or level of difficulty, I don’t need to write out my own workouts and I have people around me that motivate and create a positive, enjoyable workout experience.

NP Classes | Bethesda

NP Classes | Bethesda

Erin: Badass Mom + Social Butterfly

1. why next phase?

3 years ago I tried out Next Phase, and have kept coming back because it’s now a community for me. So much of life is online which makes making meaningful connections with people rare.  

2. Have you seen any results with the new Signature Circuit classes? How have they helped you?

I find that I am never bored and the new classes keep my muscles guessing. I have seen more muscle definition and noticed I can lift heavier and have more endurance in and out of class. The new equipment is fun so that you’re not focusing on how challenging it is.

3. Anything else you'd like to share about Next Phase?

I schedule my day around my workouts. No matter what I have going on outside of Next Phase, getting a workout in helps me to manage stress and give me energy throughout the day. I know I will sweat, I will laugh, and my anxiety will be replaced with endorphins. Trying new things can be terrifying, but at Next Phase you’ll find a community of friends who are waiting to meet you.

“I have seen more muscle definition and noticed I can lift heavier and have more endurance in and out of class.”

 
 
 
NP Classes | Bethesda

NP Classes | Bethesda

“… I am not as tired as I normally would have been. Only place that the improvements can be attributed is the Next Phase programing. “

Evan: Firefighter + Jiu Jitsu Aficionado

1. why next phase?

Next Phase has always been a training studio where anyone, regardless of where they are on their fitness journey, can receive expert direction and instruction to achieve a challenging workout. This place really embodies the spirit of inclusion, where everyone can be successful by putting in the work. I keep coming back to Next Phase because of the atmosphere of positivity, the technically challenging workouts, and of course the results. I love coming to the studio and am grateful for the changes both mentally and physically I have experienced as a result of the working out here.

2. How have the workouts impacted your daily life?

As a frame of reference, I personally never had fantastic cardiovascular endurance but I know the workouts at the studio have greatly improved my stamina. I can attest to this because being the heaviest I have ever been in my life at 190lbs, I still have not been getting gassed as quickly while rolling or sparring. Also at work, in the trucks I notice I am not as tired as I normally would have been. Only place that the improvements can be attributed is the Next Phase programing.

3. Anything else you'd like to say about NP?

I really want to emphasize that the programming at Next Phase is outstanding. The workouts are so efficient and purposely structured which has resulted in significant strength and endurance gains.  Aesthetically the studio and equipment is always clean, organized, and ready to be used for every workout. My wife and I really love coming here.

 
NP Classes | Bethesda

NP Classes | Bethesda

“The classes are insanely effective - I'm in the best shape and am the strongest I've ever been, so much more so than when I was running.”

Catherine: Honestly, she just crushes it 24/7

1. why next phase?

Before I started coming to NP, the only form of exercise I did was running, which I got really burned out on. I basically stumbled upon NP by chance, and I knew nothing about strength training or why it was important. The classes are insanely effective - I'm in the best shape and am the strongest I've ever been, so much more so than when I was running. Overall I feel amazing, not just about how I look but also about what I can do, my energy, and the endorphins are legit addictive! The best part is that the classes are so fun that it doesn't feel like work or a chore. I actually look forward to working out now, which I'd never done before.

2. How are you enjoying the new signature classes? What results have you seen?

I love them! The workouts were great before, but now I feel like someone is strategically planning and sequencing my workouts as a whole to make them even more effective together. I don't have to think about if the class I took yesterday compliments or clashes with the class I'm taking today - someone's already done that and it makes it so easy and convenient. It's like I get the planning and knowledge of a personal trainer while still being able to take fun group classes. I've noticed that I can work out harder during each class now that the days are staggered and I have more time to recover. As a result I'm continuing to get stronger, and can (almost!!!) do a pull up, which I never even thought was remotely possible before.

3. Anything else you'd like to say about NP?

Obviously the workouts are great and effective, but the people definitely play a huge part in making NP so awesome. The staff is amazing - not only are they great teachers but they get to know you personally, believe in you, and are always encouraging you to try things you may not have thought you were capable of. Everyone at NP - staff and students included - are so friendly, supportive, and fun, and it's just such a great community to be a part of.

 
NP Classes | Bethesda

NP Classes | Bethesda

“I have lost weight, am lifting heavier weight than I would have ever tried, and feel so much stronger!

Jennifer: Young Professional

1. Why Next Phase?

Next Phase is unlike any other gym I have been to. I love the focus of the studio and the intention behind each class. All of the instructors truly care and it is an amazing community to be a part of. 

2. Have you seen any results with the new programming?

With the new programming I have lost weight, am lifting heavier weight than I would have ever tried, and feel so much stronger! I also have more energy to workout throughout the week now that the days are split up by upper, lower, and total body. 

3. Anything else you'd like to say about NP?

If you’re looking to see results, be a part of a welcoming community, take classes from knowledgeable instructors, and listen to a great playlist while doing it — you should try a class at Next Phase! 

 
NP Classes | Arlington

NP Classes | Arlington

“I can honestly say since I started going to Next Phase I am the strongest I’ve ever been.”

Christina: Young Professional + Runner

WHY next phase?

I can honestly say since I started going to Next Phase I am the strongest I’ve ever been. I’ve lived across the street since Next Phase Arlington opened and I wish I had started taking classes sooner.

How have our classes helped with other aspects of your life?

I’m a runner and circuit classes are a great complement to that; these classes help strengthen muscles like glutes and abs that are really important for running.

Anything else you’d like to add?

The instructors at Next Phase are amazing and so creative. They really get a sense of each person’s abilities so they can help them get the most out of the class. On top of that, the instructors make an effort to know your name; it’s such a small thing but it makes a huge difference. I would absolutely recommend Next Phase to anyone!

 
NP Classes | Arlington

NP Classes | Arlington

“After just 8 weeks I’m down 8% body fat and the strongest I’ve ever been.”

Andreea Leu

WHY NEXT PHASE?

I joined Next Phase after making the commitment to transform my body once and for all! Living in Arlington there are many local gyms to choose from but Next Phase stands out because of its great location, flexible class schedule, and unique strength workouts.

Anything Else You’d like to add?

The instructors are knowledgeable and friendly, the small group classes offer personalized instruction, and each work out challenges you in different ways. After just 8 weeks I’m down 8% body fat and the strongest I’ve ever been.