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

Ride DC. Located at 2217 14th St NW (near the intersection of Florida Ave NW and 14th Street).

Fitness Provider (Location): Ride DC (Coulumbia Heights, U Street)
$50 ($100 value) for five indoor cycling classes
Description, from Living Social: "Become fitter, faster, and stronger with help from these cycling pros. Ride DC boasts a new performance-tracking system that will show your progress while you -- as they say -- "RIDE to RIDE:"


Ask the Running Bloggers: What is Your Favorite D.C. Area Location for a Speed Workout?

Washington and Lee High School Track. Photo provided by Mary Doman.

Doug Cassaro of I run because...: “I don't really have a favorite place. If I do track work I usually join DC Road Runners for their Wednesday night track workouts at Washington-Lee HS in Ballston. Can't say I'm a big fan of track work though. I usually end up incorporating a tempo or fartlek run into one my everyday training routes near my place.”

Nicklaus Combs: “Western Ridge Trail in Rock Creek Park. Nice smooth runnable surface lets me stretch out my legs and focus on pushing the pace a bit.”

Featured Athletes Sunni Imhotep and Jeff Melvin Compete for MMA Titles Saturday

In Washington D.C. area mixed martial arts news, two of our featured Athletes, Jeff Melvin (DCBFit, Stroga) and Sunni Imhotep (Beta Academy) will be competing for titles this weekend at Operation Octagon 32. The event will be held at the DC Convention Center.

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: Aug 23 - 24

Can't make it to the events on our list? Enjoy a hike or run on Teddy Roosevelt National Island. Photo by Flickr user Cliff. License.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend temperatures in the high 70's, with a chance of rain on Saturday and sun on Sunday.

This week's list includes all FREE activities, including bootcamps, group rides, yoga, Body Combat, CrossFit, and more!

Washington DC Area Fitness Event Highlights - Aug 20 Edition

Serena Scanzillo. Serena is our Featured Trainer this week! Join her for a special class in Meridian Hill Park this Sunday. Details below. 

In this new series, we highlight new and/or upcoming events listed on the Active Life DC calendar and Daily Activity pages. A quick reminder, special one-time events can be posted to the calendar FREE of charge. One needs to register for an account to post events, but the whole process should take only a few minutes.

Post an event

Brawler Talk: Injury Prevention Tips

Christy Adkins. Photo provided by the DC Brawlers.

In this new series, we discuss all things fitness with members of the National Grid League's DC Brawlers. In this edition, we asked members of the team how they managed the demands of training with the potential for injuries and to offer injury prevention tips for our readers.

Christy Adkins:
I train five days a week, 3-4 hours a day. Recovery is KEY to preventing injury and sustaining training at a high intensity. On a daily basis, I do active stretching and self myofascial release before and after workouts, based on the advice from I get sports massages at least once a month. I've been going to the same DC area massage therapist for 5 years now, Whitney Maymon. She is amazing! If I do get a tweak or feel a potential injury coming on, I see Airrosti provider, Dr. Kempe to get fixed up."

Read ALDC contributor Erin Masterson's account of her experience with Dr. Kempe

Class Review: Outdoor Spartan Class at Elevate Interval Fitness

David (far left, blue shirt) leads the class through lunges. Photo courtesy Kazuya Sasahara.

Overall Score: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Fun Factor: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I consider myself a fairly fit person. I’ve run a few marathons, serve as president of a running club, even won a chin-up contest in fifth grade. So when the opportunity arose to take an outdoor Spartan class with David Magida, elite Spartan racer and owner of the soon-to-be open Elevate Interval Fitness in D.C., I couldn’t turn it down.

Featured Fitness Instructor: Becky Rockey of Revolve DC

Revolve DC

Becky Rockey of Revolve DC.

About Becky: "Becky Rockey came to DC from Penn State, where, as a freshman, she started the University’s multi-semester Instructor Training Program. Teaching classes of up to 200 people, classes like yoga, interval/circuit training, kickboxing, and indoor cycling, she became addicted to sharing her passion for athletically-inspired group fitness.  She now teaches a variety of classes throughout the DC Metro. During the day, she is an economist at Cassidy Turley and is pursuing her Masters in Applied Economics at John Hopkins University."

Washington D.C. Area Labor Day Weekend Races

Great Falls Park

The Falls 5K at Great Falls Park is one of several Labor Day weekend races taking place near Washington, D.C. Photo by Flickr user Howardignatius. License.

Celebrate Labor Day weekend with one of these unique, local races! Most are only 5Ks, so even if you aren't in top race shape you still should be able to get out and enjoy yourself with other Washington D.C. area runners.

CrossFit Talk: An Interview with Reebok Fitness Ambassador Andrea Ferry

Reebok Fitness Ambassador and CrossFit Coach/Competitor Andrea Ferry.

Reebok Fitness Ambassador and CrossFit Coach/Competitor Andrea Ferry.

About Andrea: "Andrea Ferry is a Fitness Ambassador for the Reebok FitHub store in Georgetown and coaches at CrossFit Metro Center and CrossFit Bethesda.  She is a former National Figure Competitor, State Ranked Power Lifter, and Regional CrossFit Athlete for District CrossFit. She competed this past May at the CrossFit Games Regional Event. Andrea also has a diverse background in nutrition, training and wellness. She works with individuals to assess their nutrition needs and puts an achievable program in place to see immediate results."

Andrea was kind enough to answer questions for us in a new series focusing on CrossFit athletes and instructors.

Featured Yogi: Shanna Follansbee of Sport&Health

Shanna Follansbee of Sport&Health

Shanna Follansbee.

About Shanna: "Shanna Follansbee is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT) with Yoga Alliance and is currently pursuing her 500 RYT through Bala Vinyasa Yoga (300 RYT program) and just completed her M.A.T. (Muscle Activation Techniques) Jumpstart Program this past spring. Shanna teaches private yoga to clients in their home or office through her small business Eleven Sequences and a is group class yoga instructor at several Sport & Healthclubs in the DC area. Most influenced by Baron Baptiste’s Journey into Power sequence and Larry Schultz’s Ashtanga-based Rocket, a regular yoga practice has brought Shanna significant physical and mental success to all her various pursuits (marathons, weight training, crossfit, surfing, roller derby, etc.)"

Shanna was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest edition of our Featured Yogi series.

Featured Trainer: Serena Scanzillo of SerenaFit

Serena Scanzillo

Serena Scanzillo.

About Serena: "Serena Scanzillo is the owner of, a personal training and nutrition practice out of Washington DC that empowers working women in the city to lead healthy, fun and fit lives. Originally from CT, Serena has an extensive athletic background, consults pre and post op gastric bypass patients at GW Univ. Hospital and has been a coach to many for over 5 years. She thrives off the successes of her hard working clients and is looking forward to the promising future of SerenaFit. "

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do Aug 18 - Aug 22

Join the November Project for a workout at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday morning and the DC Health coaches for a bootcamp on the Mall Thursday evening. Details within. Photo by Flickr user F Delventhal. License.

Get active this week! Our list features 6 FREE activities, including a guided night tour of the Memorials, a kettlebell class at Reebok, a Joggers and Lagers Fun Run, a bootcamp on the National Mall, and more!

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

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

Kayaking in Washington D.C.

Photo by Flickr user John Weiss. License

Fitness Provider (Location): Ballpark Boathouse Kayak Rental (Navy Yard)
$39 for four Groupons, each good for a one-hour weekend rental of a single- or two-person kayak (up to $80 total value)
Description, from Amazon: "Mr. Smith would have gotten around Washington a lot faster if he had just visited Ballpark Boathouse. The boathouse sits in the shadow of Nationals Park, near the banks of the Anacostia River.

The vessels pass by scenic views of the nation's capital, and unlike a tour bus, even allow dogs (Ballpark Boathouse gladly supplies pet-sized life vests). Before visitors depart on their aquatic adventures, Ballpark Boathouse's staff can give them a beginners' kayaking lesson or visitors can take a walk to the nearby Yard's Park or Diamond Teague Park."



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