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Featured Trainer: Thea Boatswain of Total Body Finesse

Featured Trainer: Thea Boatswain of Total Body Finesse

Thea of Total Body Finesse. Photo courtesy of Silas Photography.

About Thea: “Thea Boatswain is an AFAA certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. She is the owner of Total Body Finesse, which provides personal and group training services in the DC Metro area and online training world-wide! You can follower her @TotalBodFinesse on Instagram, @TotBodFinesse on Twitter and check her out at www.TotalBodyFinesse.com

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

Five Reasons People Avoid CrossFit (and Why They Should Get over Them)

Five Reasons People Avoid CrossFit

The author (left) coaches a CrossFitter through an exercise.

I have been involved with the CrossFit community for many years now and have heard every reason imaginable as to why people don't want to join a CrossFit gym. 

Here are the top FIVE excuses I hear from people as to why they won't try CrossFit:

1. I am not in good shape

2. I am intimidated 

3. I am too old

4. It is too expensive 

5. That stuff is just plain crazy--I don't want to get hurt!

Maybe one or two or a few of those excuses resonates with you. I want to elaborate on each of those and tell you why they may not be such good excuses after all. 

Jen Young of Lil Omm Yoga

Jen Young of Lil Omm Yoga.

Jen Young of Lil Omm Yoga.

About Jen: "Jen's creative and playful Vinyasa Flow classes gives you an opportunity to explore yoga at your own level. She incorporates 10 years of experience as a fitness professional into her teaching and assists. Her background in theatre, dance and martial arts also serves to take you deeper into your practice. Jen has practiced yoga off and on for more than 20 years. Jen received her teacher training from Gopi Kinnicutt."

Jen was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Yogi series. 

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do Nov 24 - 26

Get in some FREE pre-Thanksgiving yoga at the Georgetown library Wednesday. Details below.

Get active this week! Our list features 5 FREE Monday - Wednesday activites, including yoga, group runs, workouts, and more. 

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

Fiscally Fit Friday: FREE Classes at the Urban Athletic Club until Dec 14th

Urban Athletic Club

Urban Athletic Club.

From the Urban Athletic Club website: "The "Urban Athlete" class is divided into 3 distinct fitness elements: Athletic + Sports Conditioning, Bodyweight + Suspension Training, and Kettlebell + Dumbbell Training. Our "Low Tech/High Yield" format creates an inclusive program for athletes of varying ages and abilities. We design programs and choose exercises quick to learn and easy to grasp. Simplicity doesn't equal easy: Burpees are simple, but are very challenging! Each class spends one-third of time in each modality so that you get a comprehensive workout - more bang for your buck! "

Urban Athletic Club is offering FREE classes until Dec 14th. Sign up here.

Learn more about the Urban Athletic Club on their website

Fiscally Fit Friday: 5 Deals from Washington DC Area Fitness Providers

Fiscally Fit Friday: 5 Deals from Washington DC Area Fitness Providers

"Becoming a Yogi" by Flickr user bradleypjohnson. License.

Fitness Provider (Location): Bikram Yoga Tenleytown
Deal: $49 for one month of unlimited classes ($150 value)
Description, from Groupon: "During 90-minute Bikram yoga classes, students flex through 26 sequential postures and two breathing exercises while intense heat bathes the studio. See the class schedule (click “Classes”) and class etiquette. All levels of experience are welcome to the newly renovated studio, and each student is encouraged to progress at their own pace and progress as far as they please.

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Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: November 22 - 23

Billy Goat Trail A

Challenge yourself with a hike on the Billy Goat Trail A this weekend. Details

Visit the NOAA website for the latest weather updates. This week's list includes 10 FREE (or donation-based) activities, including CrossFit, running, yoga, and more!

Featured Fitness Instructor: Nelvina DaRocha of PIES Fitness Yoga

Featured Fitness Instructor: Nelvina DaRocha

Nelvina of Pies Fitness Yoga.

About Nelvina: "Nelvina specializes in cardiovascular conditioning, boot camp, cross training and general fitness. She’s an Aerobics and Fitness Association of America ® certified group fitness instructor and also certified in Turbo Kick. She enjoys cooking and traveling and strives to provide reinforcement and individual attention as a group instructor.  She believes exercise is essential to healthy living and emotional and physical well-being."

Nelvina was kind enough to answer our questions for the latest installment of our featured fitness instructor series.

Five In-Season Fruits & Vegetables for Athletes (with Recipes!)

Five In Season Winter Fruits & Vegetables for Athletes (with Recipes!)

The Star Hollow Farm CSA will sell kale and other greens all winter long. Photo courtesy of Star Hollow Farm. 

Holiday parties and feasts are quickly approaching. While it’s tempting to give up on all nutritional priorities this time of year, it’s important to fuel your body right. Fortunately, places like Star Hollow Farm offer local and seasonal produce that will do just that. Based three hours away from Washington, the farm's Community Support Agriculture (CSA) drives to the District on Saturday mornings to sell their produce at a market stand in Adams Morgan.

Original Strength Foundations Workshop Part I

Time: 
Saturday 9:00 am

Got Your Back Total Health is hosting an Original Strength Foundations Workshop Part I.

Join us for a 2-day workshop. You will learn the Original Strength movement System and leave proficient at practicing our simple, yet life-changing resets while working to restore movement for yourself or your clients. Open the door to a whole new view on movement!

This workshop is worth 1.0 CEUS.

Saturday, November 22nd 9am-6pm
Sunday, November 23rd 9am-1pm

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