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Roam Fitness Open House

Event Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 6:30am
Price: 
free

Group Classes:  All members and non-members will receive FREE Pro-Fuse classes at 6:30 am, 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.  Sign up for classes here!

Personal Training:  All members and non-members can receive a FREE 40 minute Personal Training session.  Register your spot here by April 19. If you have further PT questions, you can email chris.wascak@roamfitnessdc.com

Breakfast:  Everyone who comes in to Roam between 7-11 am will receive 50% off of "all you can eat" breakfast upstairs at Twist Restaurant.

Happy Hour:  The Twist Restaurant bar will host a Happy Hour for all attendees from 5-8:30 pm with drink specials.

Special Deals
New clients will receive 1 extra class/training session for every 5 they purchase!

Other Info
Roam Fitness is located in the Savoy Suites Hotel (2505 Wisconsin Ave. NW) and has FREE garage parking for all Open House attendees.

If you have any further questions, please contact chris.wascak@roamfitnessdc.com

Interview with Jennifer Steinman, Creator of Desert Runners

Desert Runners Film

Desert Runners is a documentary which follows the stories of non-elite runners who tackle four desert ultra-marathons in one year.

Active Life recently had the opportunity to interview Jennifer Steinman the creator of Desert Runners, a documentary that follows four "Grand Slam" ultra runners who tackle four of the world's toughest ultra marathons -- in a single year.

In this post, get a behind-the-scenes perspective from Jennifer and stop by Thursday for an interview with the first woman to complete the Grand Slam, Australian Samantha Gash. 

ALDC: At the beginning of the film, we get sneak peeks into the runners' everyday, at-home lives. Why did you choose to show the runners in their real-world lives?

Jennifer: DESERT RUNNERS is a film is about real people, ordinary people (not professional athletes), each with strong personal motivations for attempting the challenge of running 1000km through the world's most treacherous deserts.  I felt it was really important for the audience to get to know these runners beyond just their experience out in the deserts-- who they are in their "real" lives affects their motivations, the way that they deal with obstacles, and ultimately how they transform over the course of the movie.

Featured Yogi: Marie Belle of Yoga District and Woodley Park Yoga

Photo provided by Marie Belle.

About Marie: "Ashtanga Yoga teacher and certified Rocket Yoga Teacher in Washington DC, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and Florida. I offer yoga classes, retreats, workshops, private sessions, and teacher trainings in the United States as well as the Caribbean including Mexico and Puerto Rico. All of my teachings are grounded in a daily Ashtanga Mysore Advanced practice, tantric philosophy, and personal experiences with great teachers who have shared their philosophies along the way (David C. Kyle from Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico; Faith Scimecca from Woodley Park Yoga; Tim Feldmann from Miami Life Center)."

Marie was kind enough to answer questions for us as part of our Featured yogi series.

Featured Race: 5 Mile Disco Roll or Run - Saturday, May 3

5 Mile Disco Roll or Run

Thiis fun disco-themed race is flat, fast, and fun.

On May 3rd, lace up your running shoes (or roller skate!) for this entertaining race, which features disco music and retro costumes. The DC Running club brings its first Disco Roll or Run race to Hains Point this year -- and is expecting a big turnout! Active Life interviewed race director John Brathwaite to learn more about this exciting event. 

Yoga for Athletes Pose of the Month: The Ultimate Pose for the Psoas

Amy demonstrates the half pigeon. Photo provided by Amy Rizzotto. 

About the Author: 

Amy Rizzotto is a Washington D.C. yoga instructor and fitness blogger. Her yoga studio, Yoga Heights, opens in Park View this Spring.

If you’ve taken a lot of yoga classes, or maybe (just maybe) are a fitness fiend who geeks-out on anatomy like myself, you’ve likely heard of the mighty psoas. Many refer to it as the body’s center of movement based on its location and myriad of physiological functions.

So, what is a psoas anyway? And how can yoga help alleviate its woes?

When you hear the term psoas the person is most likely referring to the combination of two muscles, the iliacus and the psoas major muscle—or, collectively, the Iliopsoas. In the interest of keeping it short and sweet, I’ll stick with calling it the psoas.

Interview with CrossFit Praxis Director Bobby Goodfellow

Photo provided by Bobby Goodfellow.

Bobby Goodfellow is Director, Strength & Conditioning and Head Coach at CrossFit Praxis, located near the corner of 14th St. and Florida Ave. NW. Bobby was kind enough to answer questions for us about his fitness background and the programming at Praxis.
 
1. What is your athletic background? How did you come to CrossFit? How long have you been training in CrossFit?
I played football, ran track and field, wrestled, skied, competed in powerlifting, dabbled in strongman, and played Super League rugby.  I train and compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu…I am a lifelong student of the gentle art.  I was exposed to CrossFit workouts for pre-season rugby training.  I started training CrossFit, seriously, in the fall of 2007 after a job change dropped me less than a block from my first CrossFit gym. 

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do April 14 - 18

Can't make the events below? Join a local bike shop for a ride - here is a list. Photo by Flickr user MoBikeFed. License

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. Monday's high is expected to be in the 70's, while the rest of the week is expected to be cooler. 

This week's list features 5 FREE activities, including two barre classes, a bootcamp in the park, an Outrun with Roam Fitness, and ... 

Fiscally Fit Friday: Win a 9 Class Pack at Fuse Pilates

Photo provided by Fuse Pilates.

For this week's giveaway we are excited to offer our readers an opportunity to win a pack of 3 mat, 3 chair and 3 reformer classes at Fuse Pilates.

From Fuse: "Fuse Pilates® started in 2005 as a group mat Pilates class at Flow Yoga Center that quickly became one of Washington, DC’s favorite fitness offerings. As classes soared in popularity, we expanded the method to offer a unique, fun, and effective twist on group apparatus classes. Each class concentrates on developing functional and balanced strength and flexibility, shaping beautifully toned physiques in the process.

The Fuse Pilates Playground is located in a historic mansion in DC’s trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood, just a cartwheel away from the Metro. This urban oasis features a comfortable lounge, changing area, four bathrooms, two group apparatus studios, a group mat studio, and a private studio, complete with reformer, tower, Cadillac, barrels, chair, props, great music, motivating teachers, and amazing students."

VIDA and Capitol Riverfront BID To Host FREE ‘Get Fit For Summer Workouts’ At Yards Park

From a press release:"
VIDA FITNESS AND CAPITOL RIVERFRONT BID TO HOST FREE ‘GET FIT FOR SUMMER WORKOUTS’ AT YARDS PARK
 
To Promote Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyles, VIDA’s Range of Free Fitness Classes Are Open to Public and Held at The Yard’s Park Boardwalk
All Summer Long
 
Washington, DC – Get those beach bodies ready for summer! VIDA Fitness and theCapitol Riverfront BID have teamed up to offer a wide selection of free outdoor classes fromMonday, April 28 through the end of August at Yards Park located at 355 Water St, SE in DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. The Get Fit For Summer Workouts vary from Zumba to Boot Camp to Sunrise/Sunset Yoga and are free and open to the public in an effort to promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles. The “Get Fit For Summer” class schedule through May 31 includes:"

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