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Movement Arts Part One: The Definition

Budokon yoga class with Angela (right, front)

About the Author: 

Angela Meyer is a Washington D.C. yoga instructor and Regional Director of the YMCA for group programming.

Movement is defined as “an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed”. Art is defined as “a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities.”  

Movement Arts:  a diverse range of human activities involving physical movement and the products of those activities.

It seems like for most children, Movement is natural and fun.  A child learns to walk without the self consciousness of falling.  With each shaky step, they discover a new technique, a more efficient process and eventually their walk will become a run.  Learning to move is a daily discovery, filled with curiosity, spontaneity and uninhibited enlightenment.   

Ask the Elites: How Do You Cross Train?

David Magida. 

About the Author: 

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

Kristin Johnson of GRC: I do a quick 10-15 minute core workout after all my runs, but other than that I don't really cross train when I'm not injured.

Ryan Witters of GRC: I'll occasionally bike to and from work in Old Town Alexandria.  The main form of cross training that I do is water-running.  Water-running is a great option for a runner, in my opinion.  Not only does it reduce the stress on your joints, but the water serves as a massage (through the effects of its viscosity).  It's a win-win!

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do Jul 28 - Aug 1

Can't make it to the events on our list? Exercise in Meridian Hill Park with this special workout from Washington D.C. trainer Errick McAdams. Photo of Meridian Hill Park steps by Flickr user Elvert Barnes. License.

This week's list features 7 FREE activities, including yoga, barre, bootcamps, and group runs.

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

Fiscally Fit Friday: Save BIG on CrossFit, Running, and Boxing

photo by Flickr user Gregor. License.

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Fitness Provider (Location): CrossFit Arlington (Arlington)
Deal: $59 ($299 value) for a CrossFit Level One course

Description, from Living Social: "From top athletes to people who used to call out sick for middle school dodgeball, CrossFit has proven to be a truly all-comers-welcome fitness approach. Get a beginners' training in the fundamental movements that make CrossFit workouts so effective with this deal"

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Fiscally Fit Friday: Win Two FREE Classes at SoulCycle DC

For this week's giveaway we are excited to offer readers an opportunity to win two FREE classes at SoulCycle. 

From SoulCycle: "SoulCycle is a motivating, joyful, full-body indoor cycling dance party on a bike. SoulCycle was founded on the belief that fitness could be inspiring: With a motivational workout, a beautiful environment and outstanding customer service, each 45-minute class is a transformative experience.
 
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." 
                            
Read more on the SoulCycle website. Also check out our interview with SoulCycle Founder Elizabeth Cutler

 

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"

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