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

Fitness Provider (Location): Reformation Fitness (Shaw)
Deal: $33 ($66 value) for three group classes of TRX/kettlebell, barre, Pilates, yoga, Metabolic Conditioning, and CoreBlast

Description, from Amazon: "Reformation Fitness takes an intelligent approach to exercise in small classes with close personal attention. Grab this deal and let their instructors guide you through challenging sessions focused on proper technique."




No Enrollment Fee at Participating YMCAs this Month

From the YMCA: "At the YMCA, you’ll feel right at home; and our compassionate spirit rubs off on everyone who walks through the door! Thanks to our family, we were even able to give $2,076,454 in financial assistance to those in need last year. So whether you’re building muscles, backstroking in the pool or balancing in yoga, you’ll feel welcome and inspired.


  • A FREE new member wellness consultation with a certified YMCA Personal Trainer
  • FREE Child Watch service while you work out
  • Certified wellness staff are always ready to assist you in achieving your goals
  • Work out with the latest cardio and strength training equipment (featuring iPod technology)
  • Enjoy a broad selection of Group Exercise Classes, such as Tabata, Yoga, Spinning, Zumba and more
  • Swim year-round in heated pools (our local Ys have 3 outdoor pools and 6 indoor pools)
  • Discounted rates on programs such as Day/ Overnight Camp, Youth Sports, Swim Lessons, After-School Child Care, Dance and Adult Sports
  • FREE or Discounted access to YMCAs across the country as part of the YMCA's AWAY (Always Welcome at the Y) program

Our doors are open to all and financial assistance is available. There are no contracts to sign. Join our family by contacting your branch today!"

Read more on the YMCA website

Obtain a FREE three-day guest pass at a participating Washington D.C. area YMCA

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: Sep 20 - 21

Bonsai Garden - National Arboretum. Photo by Flickr user m01229. License. Enjoy the nice weather and go for a hike, run, or ride at the National Arboretum. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend temperatures in the mid 70's to low 80's with lots of sun. 

This week's list includes 10 FREE activities, including Bootcamp with Equinox, a family-friendly bike workshop, Pilates at lululemon, Run Club with Nike, Hills of Anacostia Ride with BicycleSPACE, and more ... 

Washington DC Area Fitness Event Highlights - Sept 17 Edition

shiva rea washington dc yoga

Shiva Rea (red shirt) will lead a special yoga class Thursday morning in NW DC. Details below. Photo by Antwone Walters. See more of Antwone's photos on Facebook.

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

Post a class or event

This week's list includes CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, a design your own bootcamp class, a Dead Man's run, and more! 

Featured Trainer: Brian McGee of Higher Ground Fitness and Fit 360 DC

Brian McGee Washington DC personal trainer

Brian McGee.

About Brian: "Brian McGee has been honing his skills as an expert in the fitness field for over a decade. His unwavering commitment to his craft has led him around the world searching for the newest and most effective ways for his clients to train. Brian’s holistic approach to fitness training led him to create Higher Ground Fitness (HGF), which treats the entire 360 degrees of the body. In 2013 Brian found a permanent home for HGF at his own boutique studio Fit 360 DC located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. Here Brian’s vision of a place where members can come in on their own schedule for a workout, where other trainers and instructors can work with individual clients, and class attendees can get the best of HGF. With a continuous eye on what works best Brian works daily to introduce the newest products and challenges to Fit 360 and the HGF workout."

Brian was kind enough to answer questions for the latest installment of our Featured Trainer series.

Ask The Yogis: Favorite Place to Practice Yoga

yoga on the mall 2014, national mall, washington dc

Yoga on the Mall 2014. Photo by Antwone Walters. 

About the Author: 

We asked our Featured Yogis, "What is the best place you have taught or participated in a yoga class? Describe the environment." Here are their answers.

Angela Meyer of the YMCA:
This is hard to answer, as I have had so many places that have left a deep mark on me.  Of course it’s fun to teach huge classes in an awesome space, whether Stroga ballroom with 130 people or outdoors in one of DC’s many parks, it’s also equally as meaningful to teach small classes, at Down Dog, getting feedback that may change my life, at community centers with no yoga mats, at someone’s bedside, etc.  I think the best places are environments that captured my full presence, my full attention, therefore I was a part of something bigger than myself.  Those are the times I remember most."

Krista Block of Flow Yoga Center, Buddha B Yoga, and extendYoga
In college I did a yoga class with Jeffrey Cohen in the middle of Johnson Square in Savannah, GA. Practicing in public (especially Savannah which was still fairly new the the yoga scene at the time) was great because it threw passerby's for a loop. Those who have practiced with Jeffrey know it's impossible to take his class without a huge smile, and people living in auto-pilot, just going through their day would come across this group of people immersed in something totally joyful. For a moment they would be pulled out of normalcy and you could see our happiness spark something in them. Not to mention Johnson Square is beautiful; a small space in the city marked with a pretty impressive fountain under age old oak trees adorned with spanish moss. I'd throw my mat down there any day."

CrossFit Comes to Petworth

crossfit petworth

Photo provided by CrossFit Petworth.

From an email: "DC's Newest CrossFit gym, CrossFit Petworth, opened early September in the heart of DC's Petworth neighborhood.

Located at 1240 Upshur St NW, Crossfit Petworth shares the same building as the recently opened Annie's ACE Hardware store. At 9200 square feet, CrossFit Petworth is one of DC area's largest CrossFit gyms and is unusually large for a CF gym located in the city."

Featured Fitness Instructor: Meghan Smith


Meghan Smith. Photo by Lionel Madiou of EyeWonder Photography.

About Meghan: "Meghan (MegS) Hayes Smith has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years.  Recently went from a corporate fulltime gig to running her own coaching and training company!   She has her Bachelors in Exercise Science with an Emphasis in Nutrition.  She specializes in helping people reach their goals by understanding their needs.  Whether through PT, small group and or group training.   She believes in the the the work!   LiVE iT!  LiVE FiT & WeLL, LLC."

Ask the Elites: What is the Worst Running-Related Injury You Have Encountered?

running injuries

Photo by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski. License. 

About the Author: 

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

Kristin Johnson of GRC: I had a number of stress fractures in college, in both my feet and shins, but I've fortunately been entirely injury free for the last year and a half. I try to just keep my training consistent year round, and back off for a day or two if something feels particularly sore, especially if it's somewhere I've had an injury in the past.

Washington D.C. Area Weekday Things To Do Sep 15 - 19

Lincoln Memorial November Project DC

The November Project meets for early morning workouts on Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial. Details within. Photo by Flickr user haddensavix. License.

Get active this week! Our list features FREE or discounted activities, including Toned Up Tuesday with VIDA Fitness, Fix-a-Flat at BicycleSPACE, am workouts with the November Project and Elevate Interval Fitness, and more.

Visit the NOAA for the latest weather updates. 

Runner Safety Tips From Former Olympian and BJJ Black Belt Todd Williams

Lindsey Collins of RunSafer, Ray Pugsley of Potomac River Running and former Olympian Todd Williams at the Potomac River Running store's newest location (919 F street). 

ActiveLifeDC caught up with former Olympian Todd Williams at the very beginning of his four-day tour around D.C. and Virginia hosted by Potomac River Runner Store and Asics. An American record holder and 2:11 marathoner, Williams also holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and combined the two sports to create RunSafer, a program designed to help teach runners about safety and tips to help protect themselves in dangerous situations.

Safety Running Tips from Williams:

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

Deals from Washington DC Area Fitness Providers

Photo by Flickr user Robin Jakobsson. License

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"


SoulCycle Coming To Bethesda This Year

Soul Cycle Coming To Bethesda

From a press release: "


September 2014: SoulCycle, the country’s premier full-body indoor cycling studio will open its second Washington D.C. area studio in Bethesda this winter. The new studio opens just months after SoulCycle opened the doors to its first D.C. ride at its M. Street studio in the July of this year.

The Bethesda location features a 53-bike studio, home to the signature SoulCycle workout. Additional rider amenities include male and female locker rooms, each with three showers, and multiple bathrooms. SoulCycle Bethesda is located at 4931 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814."

Washington D.C. Area Things To Do This Weekend: Sep 13 - 14

Adams Morgan Day is this Sunday! Details within. Photo of Adams Morgan Day 2012 by Flickr user S Pakhrin. License.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the NOAA is predicting weekend temperatures in the mid 70's. 

This week's list includes 10 FREE or donation-based activities, including Adams Morgan Day, a Grapplethon, yoga, CrossFit, pole dancing, group runs, a Cupcake Ramble, and more!


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