Annandale residents will have another new option for exercising starting Wednesday when Chakaboom Fitness opens their Zumba classes at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department.
The company will hold a grand opening at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6. The Zumba classes will be offered three times a week Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and all classes will begin at 7 p.m. Each class is $7, but the tickets are cheaper if multiple ones are purchased in a package. The first class is free to first-time students, according to the Facebook page for Chakaboom.
“It’s a lot of fun. We’ll bring lots of fun music, great energy. It’s a great place for a lot of people to meet and make new friends and to work out and have fun,” said Leo Lins, part owner of Chakaboom Fitness and co-creator of LatinMix Fitness. Lins co-owns Chakaboom with Roberson Magalhaes, who is also the co-creator of LatinMix Fitness.
This will be the third location for Chakaboom Fitness, which offers Zumba classes in Burke and fitness classes such as Chakatoning, Kangoo Jumps in Franconia. The Franconia classes are held at the Franconia Fire Station located at 6300 Beulah St., and the Burke classes are at the Burke Fire Station located at 9501 Old Burke Lake Rd.
The company just celebrated their second anniversary at the Franconia location in January.
Lins said he and Magalhaes considered Annandale as a potential location two years ago when they first decided to begin offering classes, but said “it wasn’t the right time, so we opened Franconia first”.
“Annandale is a great location, great community, and is a great place,” said Lins, who added that the addition of the Annandale classes will not affect the schedules at the Burke and Franconia locations.
Prior to opening the Franconia location, Lins and Magalhaes taught classes in gyms across Northern Virginia. The classes, Lins said, gave the two the chance to combine their passion for aerobics and choreography with a fun, high-energy exercise.
Lins met Magalhaes when he was 18. Both men are originally from Brazil and have fitness experience that ranges from competition to coaching. Lins, who has worked in the fitness industry for 12 years, is a three-time Brazilian National Champion and two-time PanAmerican Champion. Roberson has more than 20 years in the industry and has nine World Aerobic Gymnastic titles.
Their background in training and competition inspired the movements and music used in the Zumba classes, according to Lins.
“We saw Zumba as a great opportunity for us. It’s a lot of fun. We love what we do and we love training and coaching. So we thought about using those same skills to spread the energy and fun to other people, people who want to work out and have fun,” said Lins.
For the time being, only Zumba will be offered at the Annandale location, but Lins said they would consider opening additional fitness classes soon.
For more information about Chakaboom Fitness, visit chakaboomfitness.com.
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