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Rocket Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances & Weightless Transitions with Georgia Gerstein

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 1:30pm

Work within the Rocket Series in this fun and playful workshop!

Learn a variety of arm balances and how to gracefully transition between postures. Students should come eager to try new poses and with a good sense of humor.

Good for all levels.

Come float and balance with Georgia!

Fiscally Fit Friday: Win 5 Classes at Atlas Fitness

Photo provided by Atlas Fitness.

For this week's giveaway we are excited to offer our readers an opportunity to win 5 classes at Atlas Fitness. 

From Atlas Fitness: "Atlas Fitness, a cutting-edge boutique gym on Capitol Hill, includes some of the best fitness coaches and trainers in the Washington, D.C. area.  Our central goal is to provide personalized training experiences tailored to individual clients. You’ll receive comprehensive training composed of core fitness principles as well as creative and challenging exercises with special care paid toward preventing injury."

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Running in the Morning

Photo by Flickr user Mike Myers. License.

About the Author: 

Jamie Corey is Washington D.C. runner and writer. She maintains the blog Run the District.

Back in January—when it was cold, dark and tough to get out of bed—I showed you seven ways how to become a morning runner. But now that the temperatures warmed up and the morning sun is getting brighter than it has been in months, more runners are finding the motivation to hit the trails early. Here are seven common mistakes to avoid when running in the morning.

Interview with Samantha Gash, the 1st Woman to Complete the Ultramarathon Grand Slam

Samantha Gash competes in the Sahara Race. Photo from the Desert Runners Facebook page.

Desert Runners is a recent documentary about non-elite runners trying to complete four of the world's toughest ultramarathons in the course of a year. On Tuesday we published an interview Jennifer Steinman, the director of Desert Runners

In this post, we interview Australian Samantha Gash, one of the runners featured in the documentary and the first woman to complete the Grand Slam.

ALDC: In the film, most of the runners are wearing thin bags over their shoes as they run through the sandy desert. What's the purpose of this?

Samantha (runner):These are called "sandbagger" gaiters and the purpose of them is to keep sand out of your shoes. One of the biggest reasons pull out of these races is because of blisters, so prevention is key!! 

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: Apr 19 - 20

Captiol Columns at the National Arboretum. Below are details on two guided tours this weekend. Can't make the tours? No problem - the Arboretum is a great place to spend an afternoon.

HAPPY EASTER/EARTH DAY WEEKEND! As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting a 30% chance of rain for Saturday and sunny skies on Sunday. Highs are expected to be in the mid 60's. A quick reminder: many fitness providers are closed Sunday due to the Easter holiday. Make sure to double check with hosts before attending classes!

Here we list 10 things to do this weekend. The list includes outdoor Earth Day events on Saturday, guided tours at the Arboretum, the grand opening of a new CrossFit gym in Bethesda, FREE yoga, a City Explorers ride, and more!

Surviving the Streets on a Bike - WOMEN ONLY

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:30am

In preparation for Bike to Work Day, Black Women Bike will be hosting a seminar on how to bike on the roads safely, followed by a bike ride on the streets of DC (because if you can survive DC, you can survive anything). There will be a 2 hour safety seminar followed by a 1 hour ride around DC. 

All levels of cyclists are welcome to join us.

If you are on Faceboook, please RSVP:


Featured Trainer: Alexx Zamudio from VIDA Fitness

Alexx with his dog Diego. Photo provided by Alexx.

About Alexx: "Alexx manages group fitness classes and all small group programs at VIDA. He teaches Zumba, Cycling, and VIDA Xtreme, but also enjoys working with his personal training clients. Alexx is a Certified Personal Trainer and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength Professional Association since 1998. He specializes in weight loss programs, nutrition counseling, and custom training routines. Above all else, Alexx enjoys challenging VIDA members to surpass their comfort zones through motivational instruction and encouragement."

Alexx was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest edition of our Featured Trainer segment, as well as update us on upcoming charitable efforts at VIDA.

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

Aside from my love for fitness, it was my passion for people and my desire to help others change their lives.

The process to become a personal trainer was not easy at all.    I was 225 Lb in college and I never practice any sports.   When I hired my Personal Trainer, I knew that I wanted to help others to feel how I felt when I dropped 50lb.  What I enjoy the most about my career is seeing people do things that they never thought they could do before.    Finish their first 5k, get off their blood pressure meds, or as simple as doing a pull up.

DC Community Yoga Presents 9th Annual DC Yoga Week

From a press release: " Yoga on the Mall featuring class with Shiva Rea to be held Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m.-noon

 15 April 2014 – DC Community Yoga (DCCY) is hosting the 9th Annual DC Yoga Week and Yoga on the Mall Monday, April 28 thru Saturday, May 3. This year, over 30 studios in the DC metro area, including Virginia and Maryland, have signed up to participate by offering free and reduced-cost classes daily all week long.

Throughout the week, DCCY will provide many opportunities to bring our community together and highlight member studios and partner offerings to the greater DC area. The week will culminate with Yoga on the Mall, a gathering of over 2,000 yoga practitioners and enthusiasts that features a free all-level outdoor community classes on Saturday, May 3 at the Constitution Gardens by the Vietnam Memorial, (Metro Stop Foggy Bottom)."

Class Review: Mat Pilates at Reformation Fitness

Photo provided by Abby Wolfe.

About the Author: 

Abby Wolfe is a Washington D.C. area fitness professional and blogger.

A couple weeks ago I took my first group fitness class at Reformation Fitness--Metabolic Conditioning with Ivan Black. (You can find that review here). I returned to Reformation Fitness to take another fitness class. In case you didn’t know, Reformation Fitness, located in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C., offers a variety of different fitness class, from TRX/Kettlebell to Mat Pilates to Barre. This week I chose Mat Pilates with instructor Erin Maguire.

We All Run Boston

Photo by Flickr user Rebecca Hildreth. License.

About the Author: 

Erin Masterson is a runner and writer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She is the President of the NOVA Running Club and is a RRCA certified running coach.

When 36,000 runners line up to the starting line of the 118th Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on April 21, 2014, running a 26.2 mile race won’t be the only thing on their minds. Though always an epic event in a runner’s life, racing Boston this year holds special significance.

As everyone knows, on April 15, 2013, the 117th Boston Marathon was tragically cut short when two bombs were detonated near the finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others, many of them severely.

The first bomb went off at 2:49pm, when the race clock at the finish lined showed an elapsed time of 4:09:43. The second bomb detonated 13 seconds later, 200 meters down the street.

Local runner Marty McCormick ran the Boston Marathon last year, finishing in 2:43:17. He described the experience as one of extreme highs and lows. “The race itself was a phenomenal experience, spending time in Athlete’s Village and taking in the wonderful crowds along the course while running the marathon,” he said.


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