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Interview with Elizabeth Cutler of SoulCycle

Elizabeth Cutler, founder of SoulCycle.

About SoulCycle:"Co-founded by Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, SoulCycle opened its first location in New York City in 2006. By combining a unique mental component of inspirational coaching, with great music, and a full-body workout on a bike, SoulCycle immediately reinvented indoor-studio cycling and simultaneously innovated boutique cardio fitness in the marketplace.

Today, over 8,000 riders take SoulCycle classes everyday to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, and change their bodies and lives. At SoulCycle riders burn calories, and tone their upper bodies using hand weights and core-engaging choreography. The SoulCycle brand experience is high energy, results-oriented, and community based. The exercise program focuses on rhythm and the “energy of the pack,” which creates a strong bond between riders. Familiar faces in SoulCycle studios include Oprah, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde, David Beckham, and Bradley Cooper. SoulCycle is expected to expand from its current thirty locations to upwards of sixty locations over the next five years with additional studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, and beyond."

Elizabeth was kind enough to answer questions about SoulCycle and its expansion into the Washington D.C. area.

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: July 26 - 27

Rock Creek Park. Enjoy a guided hike this weekend (details below) or plan one yourself. Here is a map. Photo by Flickr user TrailVoice. License.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend temperatures in the mid/high 80's, with a chance of rain on Sunday. This week's list includes all FREE activities, including two yoga classes, a guided hike in Rock Creek Park, bootcamp with Nike Trainer Chris Perrin, an architecture tour of the National Mall, and more!

Tips for Choosing a CrossFit Box

Instruction at District CrossFit located in SW DC. 

About the Author: 

Noah Gabriel-Landis is co-owner and Head Coach of District CrossFit.

CrossFit really might be the most incendiary word in the fitness world right now. There’s a veritable army of CrossFit boosters who swear it’s the best workout routine in the history of ever. Odds are you may know some of them - they’re the ones that constantly pollute your facebook feeds with pictures of pullups, shirtless workouts and probably some spandex. CrossFit is so popular, in fact, that I think the only thing more popular right now than doing CrossFit is writing about how CrossFit is a terrible idea (just one of many such examples).

So who’s right? There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, and if you’re one of the many who have ever considered trying CrossFit it can be impossible to know know what you’re in for. Here’s the important (yet confusing) thing: If one person says “CrossFit” is awful, and one person says “CrossFit is amazing!”... they’re probably talking about two very different things.

Confused? Let me explain.

Featured Trainer: Manwell Talbert of the YMCA

Manwell Talbert (far left).

Manwell was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Trainer series. 

1. Share a little about your fitness background. How did you become a personal trainer? How long have you been a trainer?
Growing up, I was always a natural athlete, playing football, basketball, and just staying active. It wasn't until I started (Division One athlete) and continued playing football (9 years pro) that I began to see how a change of lifestyle (eating, lifting, running etc.) was a plus. I started to see how this change of lifestyle improved my performance on and off the field. From that moment on I knew it was something I could possible do at some point in my life. Moreover, I chose this profession to change lives through fitness. I have been training for four years and been challenged and empowered and amazed at every minute.

2. Has your background in football helped you be a better trainer? If the answer is yes, than how so?
Yes, I think it definitely has been an eye opener for me. It's because of being an athlete I was able to experience what it felt like to be in incredible shape and challenge myself. To this day I am still growing and learning what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.

Running Club Spotlight: Capitol Hill Running Club

Photo Courtesy of Capitol Hill Running Club.

Tell us about your club's history: The Capitol Hill Running Club was established in 2000. From late spring until the Marine Corps Marathon, the club is led by either the Marine Corps House or Senate Liaison Office (this year the House Liason Office is in charge; in the off season, the Senate is in charge.).  We develop the training plan, organize the runs, motivate the runners, etc. It's aimed at past, present (and maybe future) Capitol Hill staffers as well as Marines but we don't check anyone's ID!

The Yoga Class Playlist

Arlet leads Yoga on the Mall earlier this year. Photo by Antwone Walters. Check out more of Antwone's photos on Facebook

About the Author: 

Arlet Koseian is a Washington D.C. area yoga instructor and the owner of extendYoga.

What’s in a playlist?

I love music.  And all genres too.  Anything from pop, jazz, rap, new age, country, kirtan (duh) and beyond!  I’m open to it all and that’s how I feel about yoga as well.  So when you ask me what goes into one of my class playlists, it’s simple; what I like, how I feel, and what I think you might want to flow to as well!

I also take into consideration what type of class I have planned and if there is a specific theme involved.  As a yoga teacher, you have to adapt, meet your students where they are and think on your feet!  If I’ve planned for a super chill, relaxed vibe/class and my students walk in wide awake, ready to work and raring to go, then I might switch to my more upbeat and energetic playlist (and class plan).

Ask the Elites: What Does a Normal Week of Training Look Like for You?

Patrick Fernandez of the Capital Area Runners. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Young. 

About the Author: 

In this series, we ask elite Washington D.C. area runners questions about training and racing.

Kristin Johnson of Georgetown Running Club (GRC): I take every Monday completely off, Mondays are tough enough as it is. Wednesdays I have a workout in the evening with GRC and Saturdays I try to do something a little up tempo and a Sunday long run. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are just easy runs before work. I usually run about 70 miles/week.

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do July 21 - Jul 25

Enjoy a FREE Yoga Class Wednesday evening in DuPont Circle. Details within. Photo by Flickr user Robert Lyle Bolton. License.

This week's list features 7 FREE activities, including a workout with the November Project, a runner's self defense workshop with Potomac River Running, yoga, Secrets of the Washington Monument Grounds with the National Park Service, and more!

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

Fiscally Fit Friday: Save BIG on CrossFit, Yoga, Dancing, and Fit Camp

Photo by Flickr user Tony and Debbie. License

Fitness Provider (Location): Refresh Yoga Center  (Alexandria)
Deal: $39 ($150 value) for ten yoga classes
Description, from Living Social: "Retreat from stress at a cheery Old Town studio where a schedule of multi-level classes gives both aspiring yogis and experts a chance to stretch their muscles and center their minds"


Fiscally Fit Friday: Win a FREE Ticket to Primal Play and Paleo Fitness

For this week's giveaway we are excited to offer readers an opportunity to win a FREE ticket to Primal Play & Paleo Fitness. The event will take place on August 3rd, 2014. 

From the EventBrite listing: "Darryl Edwards - The Fitness Explorer, author of Paleo Fitness makes his first trip from London, England to Washington DC for one day only to run an introductory playshop on Paleo Fitness and Primal Play.

Regardless of your relationship with activity; whether you have a love affair with fitness and relish a new challenge or hate exercise but want to get passionate about movement again - you will gain practical movement skills that will assist you in performing every day, recreational and extraordinary physical tasks more effectively but most importantly have FUN whilst doing it. 

Darryl is an expert in Paleo Fitness and the founder of Primal Play.  He has been featured in Health & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Women’s Fitness, BBC London and The New York Observer. In addition, he regularly hosts seminars and presents at Paleo f(x), AHS and PrimalCon here in the US."

8 DC Area Trainers Tell Us Where They Go To Cool Off in the Summer

Photo by Flickr user Daniel Lobo. License. The image cropped relative to the original.

About the Author: 

Washington D.C. area personal trainers offer fitness and nutrition advice.

Active Life DC: What is your favorite Washington D.C. area place to cool off in the summer?

Johanna Kracke of Vigor Fitness:
I love that DC has free public pools if you are a resident--I live in Glover Park and there is a great pool at the Jelleff rec center. It's small but has a lap lane, lounge chairs, and a neighboring baseball/soccer field: built in entertainment if there is a game going on."

Check out our popular post from last year, 3 Things To Know About Washington DC Public Pools.

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: July 19 - 20

Roosevelt Island. Can't make the events on our list? Go for a hike or run on Theodore Roosevelt National Island. Details. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend temperatures in the low 80's, with a chance of rain on Sunday. This week's list includes mostly FREE activities, including two bootcamps, yoga, a running workshop, and more!

Ask The Yogis: Yoga Class Don'ts

Our featured yogis recommend that you don't skip savasana. Photo by Antwone Walters. Check out more of Antwone's DC area fitness photos on Facebook.

Our featured yogis share one behavior they wish students would cut out in class. 

Angela Meyer of the YMCA:
"Leaving class early, especially right before savasana. Savasana is such a grounding and integral part of a class. Plus, it disrupts the whole when one student leaves early, and as a teacher it is my responsibility to protect the whole."


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