Best of Arlington 2022: Fitness & Beauty

Climbupton Novaparks

A young climber at Climb UPton. (Photo courtesy of NOVA Parks)

Editor Pick
Climbing/Ropes Course

Climb UPton

Arlington has no literal mountains to climb, but as of this past summer it does have Climb UPton—an aerial ropes course that challenges scramblers of all abilities to test their mettle on 90 built-in elements, from swinging ladders and cargo nets to zip lines and a free-fall element called “Tarzan.” Rising 40 feet off the ground (roughly the height of a three-story building), the ropes course is tucked into Upton Hill Regional Park and run by NOVA Parks. Harnesses, helmets and a “smart belay” clip system ensure the safety of even the most fearless daredevils, and those brave enough to scale the apparatus to its uppermost observation deck can enjoy panoramic views. –Eliza Tebo Berkon

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Nash Noufal with a client at Urban Halo. (Photo by Hilary Schwab)

Reader Pick
Hair Salon

Urban Halo

Styling hair is simply in Nash Noufal’s DNA. The son of two hairdressers (he co-owns Urban Halo with his father, Henry), he also has about 25 other family members in the industry, plus another eight on his wife’s side. In Clarendon, his staff of 20+ stylists are experts in cuts, color, straightening and smoothing. The balayage technique of hand painting hair color is the most requested service, but just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s for everyone, Noufal says. “The haircut is really about understanding the need, the purpose and how you want to apply it. People just want a beautiful cut that suits them.” –Stephanie Kanowitz

Other top vote-getters:

Casals Salon Collective, Elements McLean Hair Salon, Eli Salon, Hier & Haines Salon, hŌm Salon, Jon David Salon, PR at Partners, Salon Sage, Smitten


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Origins Thai Spa. (Courtesy photo)

Reader Pick

Origins Thai Spa

Thai massage differs from Swedish massage in that it combines passive stretching with muscle kneading and attention to acupressure points. “It goes to the knot tension even deeper,” says Origins owner Uma Carroll, who started her business in Sterling before expanding to Arlington in 2016 and to Alexandria last year. The Clarendon location’s 25 trained therapists see about 2,000 clients each month, using traditional techniques to alleviate stress, tension and sore muscles. Of the 14 treatments available, the most popular are Thai, deep tissue and sports massages. “Our concept is wellness,” Carroll says. “We are not luxury.” You can’t get a mani-pedi here, but waxing, facials and scrubs are also on the menu.–Stephanie Kanowitz

Other top vote-getters:

Adara Spa, Aura Day Spa, Azure Dream Day Spa, Massage Envy, Nothing in Between Studio


Yoga Danewetton

(Photo by Dane Wetton, Ryderwear)

Reader Pick
Yoga Studio

Sun & Moon Yoga Studio

Other top vote-getters:

CorePower Yoga, EvolveAll, Karma Yoga, Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga



Gold’s Gym in Ballston. (Website photo)

Reader Pick

Gold’s Gym

Other top vote-getters:

Ballston CrossFit, EvolveAll, Evolve to Fit, Good Sweat, Onelife Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Patriot CrossFit, VIDA Fitness


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BbG Fitness owner Ginny Wright teaching a bootcamp class. Photo by Erick Gibson.

Reader Pick
Boot Camp

BbG Fitness

Other top vote-getters:

COR FIT, EvolveAll