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

Boardwalk at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Enjoy a guided pond walk at the park this Sunday. Details below.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting sun for Saturday and Sunday. Highs are expected to be in the mid 70's on Saturday and mid 60's on Sunday. 

Here we list 12 things to do this weekend. The list includes Garden Fair and Plant Sale at the National Arboretum, a FREE Outrun with Roam Fitness, FREE yoga, a hike on the National Mall at night, and a lot more!

The YMCA's Healthy Kids Day is This Saturday

Photo provided by the YMCA.

From the YMCA: "

Summer: More than Just Days of Play

On Saturday, April 26, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is holding twelve free community events to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations, obstacle courses, arts and crafts and more to teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.  

Celebrated at nearly 1,500 Ys across the country, Healthy Kids Day aims to build healthy habits all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind an average of two months academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during the summer."

Interview with Lineage BJJ's Greg Souders

Greg Souders (right) advises students in a Brazilian jiu jitsu class.

About Greg: "Greg Souders is the founder and owner of Lineage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a brand new martial arts program in Bethesda, MD. He is a brown belt under 2nd degree black belt Dave Jacobs and has a decade of BJJ training experience, including 8 years of teaching students both adult and adolescent. He has trained at some of the top facilities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He has directed programs for both adults and children, ranging from the typical 5-year old child to the full time adult competitor, focusing on helping them reach their fitness, developmental, and competition goals. He was once a full time competitor and competed at the world level until a severe neck injury removed him from regular competition. He now focuses his efforts on creating his own lineage in the sport and sharing his love for BJJ with as many people as possible."

Greg was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about his Brazilian jiu-jitsu background and his new school in Bethesda.

1. How long have you been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ)? What brought you to the sport?

February 4th 2004 was my very first day of BJJ. So as of February 10th 2014 (the day I opened my school) i've been training for ten years.

My path in jiu-jitsu was sort of random and scattered. I had always liked martial arts and I had always wanted to find a martial art that was more physically demanding and competitive than the traditional taekwondo and Karate style programs. So I started to look for programs that offered intense classes that focused on “real” fighting and self defense. And, of course, like everyone else who grew up with a martial arts interest in the 90s, I ran into a bunch of old UFC tapes, reality street fighting programs, and Royce Gracie. I tried to find and visit any school in the area that offered a BJJ program, but I could not find one that I felt like they had what I was looking for. Then while working at a local video store a customer came in asking about a local school of which I had never heard. After a brief conversation about the school and the program I decided to check it out for myself. When I dropped by I had a poor perspective on what BJJ was; I thought that BJJ was only full contact fighting. But upon visiting this new school I saw kids grappling in uniforms without strikes and without the “hardcore” aspect of what I thought BJJ was. It intrigued me so much so that I was like “I want to do what they are doing”, and I have been doing BJJ almost every day since.

Featured Yogi: Stacey DeGrasse of Capitol Hill Yoga

Stacey DeGrasse. 

About Stacey: "Stacey teaches alignment based hatha yoga classes, including yogahour, at her studio, Capitol Hill Yoga, in Washington, DC. She infuses her scientific background into expertly and meticulously planned and executed classes. As such, her classes are sure to challenge both your body and mind."

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

Back to Basics with Coach G

April 22, 2014 - 9:00am -- CWC

Coach G returns to the Community Wellness Collective!

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 12:30pm
Price: 
$5

Coach G is back for another fun-filled hour of total body conditioning and valuable lifestyle tips! Coach G is internationally known and we are lucky to have him devote his time to the CWC. So come on out because you don't want to miss this one...not at this price!

Run the Marine Corps Marathon and Support the US Soccer Foundation

"Andrew Dumm, Winner (Men) 2008 MCM", photo by Flickr user dbking. License. 

Did you get shut out of the Marine Corps Marathon? If so, you can still make it in by joining up with the US Soccer Foundation's Marine Corps Marathon team. Details below ... 

From the US Soccer Foundation: "

Join Our 2014 Marine Corps Marathon® Team!

Looking for a fun, rewarding way to support the U.S. Soccer Foundation? 50 marathoners will get to join the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Marine Corps Marathon® team!  Runners will race on behalf of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, raising funds to support the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program – a free soccer-based afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to encourage healthy lifestyle choices for children in under-resourced urban communities."

9 Washington DC Area Personal Trainers Share Their Favorite Outdoor Workout Spots

The Exorcist Stairs, located in Georgetown. 

The Spring weather is finally here and let's be honest, don't you feel a little silly exercising in a gym when it is 70 degrees and sunny out? 

In this post, 9 Washington D.C. personal trainers tell us their favorite places to exercise outdoors. 

Yoga Week Class Schedule on Active Life DC

Yoga on the Mall 2013.

The very awesome DC Community Yoga is again organizing Yoga Week this year. Over 30 studios will be offering FREE or discounted classes from April 28th to May 4th. There will also be a special FREE Yoga on the Mall class on Saturday May 3rd. 

In order to help everybody maximize their Yoga Week experience, we are in the process of creating a searchable database listing yoga week classes from participating studios.

The form is up and ready to use, although it is incomplete at this point. We will continue to upload classes throughout this week with the goal of having everything listed by the time Yoga Week starts on Monday April 28th.

2014 Yoga Week Class Listings

If your studio is participating in Yoga Week and you want your classes listed, contact us with the following information ... 

Class Names
Class Days
Class Times
Cost
Studio Address
Website Link for more information (or to register)

In order to make sure your classes are listed, please send the information over ASAP.

CrossFit Chronicles: From Newbie to Newbie

The author (far left) enjoys pullups with her box-mates at CrossFit Praxis.

About the Author: 

Storme Gray is a Washington D.C. area runner, blogger, a new CrossFitter.

I wanted to take a minute to address some questions that I’ve been getting from folks who are thinking about doing CrossFit. I figure, as a CF newbie myself I can at least share some of the things I’ve learned and observed over the past couple months I’ve been at it.

Sometimes the warm up is ALL I will RX.

Featured Trainer: Ingrid Nelson

Ingrid Nelson. 

About Ingrid: "Ingrid Nelson hopes to inspire her clients by igniting a fire they didn't know existed, producing confidence and appreciation for their bodies. Ingrid wishes there was a certification for nutrition guru but until then, she's carries the following certifications and specialties: Nike Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Maddogg Spin Certified Instuctor, TRX Qualified and Sweetgreen Ambassador. Keep up with ingrid @  theingridnelson.com"

Ingrid was kind enough to answer questions for us as part of our Featured Trainer series.

1. Share a little about your fitness background. How did you become a personal trainer?  

I had a very active childhood and have continued that journey into adulthood. I was a competitive figure skater and loved being active.   My mornings and weekends were spent on the ice. If I wasn't at the ice rink I was running, dancing or cross training. It only seemed natural to start coaching during my high school years.   Personal Training grew in the same way.   After attending college I quickly missed the "coaching" aspect of my life.   My personal training certification quickly followed and I've been loving every minute since.  

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