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What’s In My Gym Bag: Fit Crash Style

I recently came across a post by NYC gym-goer extraordinaire Evann Clingan titled “What’s In My Bag: Fitness Edition.” She said the idea is a twist on the ubiquitous “What’s In My Bag” post written by style bloggers everywhere. You know the one: carefully curated contents of designer bags beautifully strewn about just so, captured with a click for all the world to see. This was that same idea, but with a sweaty twist. Well, no surprises here, I was smitten. I mean, as someone who’s constantly on the go to different classes, I loved getting an insider’s peek at someone else’s gym bag essentials. In a non-creepy, oh hey you published it so it must be okay kind of way, of course.

So, without further ado, I’m giving you an all-access pass to check out what’s in my fit crasher go-pack. For what it’s worth, this isn’t a wish list of items I would like to have; these are all things I currently own and use on a regular basis.

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REI Stoke 19 Pack ($54) – I originally got this backpack to use for hikes, but it has quickly become my fit crashing partner in crime. I’ve tried the purse-like gym tote before, but it never stayed on my shoulders the way I wanted and fussing with it drove me nuts. With a backpack, I can have my hands and arms free to carry a yoga mat or bike to a studio distraction free. Win.

Extra sports bra ($11) – These minimal Champion sports bras are perfect for changing into after a particularly sweaty class. Especially if you are running errands or have a long commute home afterward. Nothing makes you colder or more uncomfortable than hanging out in wet clothes, so I’ve made a habit of keeping an extra one of these in my bag at all times.

Nike Free TR 4 ($100) – Okay, so these aren’t the same color as mine, but I searched high and low with no success. They are, however, the same model. And I love them. Funny story: these were purchased in heated desperation. I was invited to crash a Dance Trance class with less than an hour’s notice. I was coming back from work and (gasp) didn’t have my gym bag on me. No workout clothes. No workout shoes. So like a total lune, I ran into Nike Town in Georgetown begging for them to help me find shoes in 10 minutes. These were the result, and they were my first-ever pair of non-running sneaks. Desperation aside, I now wear them every day. And who said impulse shopping was dangerous?

GapFit Motion Tee ($45) – I fell in love with the Lululemon Run Swiftly long sleeve tee, but at almost $70, it’s a tad out of my price range for what it is. Plus, the one that I do own started to show wear almost instantly. These Gap tees, my friends, are pretty darn similar but at a price that doesn’t  bring tears to my eyes. As a bonus, they’re almost always on some sort of sale. They’re lightweight, have just the right amount of stretch, come in beautiful colors, are perfect for throwing on after class, and the sleeves have thumb holes. Need I say more?

Bobo’s Oat Bar ($2) – I discovered these nuggets of awesomeness at my local Yes! Organic Market and have been an addict since. They’re easy on my sensitive stomach and come in lots of flavors. Half of one usually ties me over until meal time if my stomach is growling before or after class. And they won’t mush as easily as a banana if I leave it in my bag for a day or two.

Razor, Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, Lip Balm – Sometimes you just forget. You’ll thank me later. Trust me.

SPI Belt ($20) – Sometimes a crash involves a run, hike, or other outdoor excursion. This little guy holds my phone, keys,  ID, and other small essentials when I’m on the go so I can keep my hands free. I actually keep one in my car for impromptu runs after work.

Yes to Blueberries Face Wipes ($6) – Working out after work is great, but working out with the day’s make up on is not. My face tends to revolt if I forget to wipe everything off before class, so these gentle towels have been a total life saver. I’m not ashamed to admit that at times they’ve also come in handy as a substitute shower after class, too. Not ideal, but they smell great and at least help rid the sweat from your skin if you have to go somewhere after the gym.

Water Bottle ($7) – Still holding on to the Nalgene habit from high school: guilty. This is definitely not an ideal water bottle for crashing, and I really don’t know why I still use it. It’s annoying to spin the top on and off during a workout, it doesn’t fit on spin bikes, and it is really heavy when full. Currently taking suggestions for a replacement!


Your turn: what’s in your gym bag?


Oh the Places You’ll Go

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January is going to be a crazy fit crashing month. Heck, it already has been. I may as well hunker down and hang on for the ride!

Over the next three weeks, I’ll be traveling to four different states and two different coasts to visit friends and family in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Woodstock, Vermont. The fit crash potential is off the charts. I’m honestly having a hard time narrowing down all of the options to just one or two each day. Maybe I could fit in three? I mean, think of all the beautiful boutique studios, crazy workout methods, scenic trail runs, and ski slopes out there just waiting to be crashed. It’s fantastically overwhelming!

Luckily, I have fit minded friends in each city who are generously holding my hand through the selection process. My dear running buddy and Boston Marathon training partner Jane is in Seattle. Fellow DCer Ellen of District Sweats is spending some time in Portland. Georgetown triathlon teammate Sarah and running roommate Dorothy are in San Francisco. And college buddy SB is already scoping out the best slopes in Vermont for when I get there. These ladies are enablers. And I love them.

Be sure to keep up with all of my sweaty adventures in real-time on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I’ll post longer recaps on the blog when I can, hopefully from the comfort of a Seattle Starbucks or Sonoma winery. Because let’s be honest, blogging is always better with a fun libation in hand.

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In other fun news…Roam Fitness did and interview with me and I spilled the beans about what strange selections are on my workout playlist. I’ve been attending their classes on and off since opening day and was so pumped when they asked to feature me as “blogger of the month.” As part of the deal, I am so very pleased to announce that DC Fit Crasher readers get 10% off class and personal training packages through February 2nd. How nifty is that?! In case you want a peek at what it’s like to workout with them, click here for a crash report from an Out Run with Roam Fitness.

And now – I’m off to tackle the challenge of packing for this fantastic adventure! No, seriously everyone, how many pairs of running socks and workout capris do you really think I need? Because right now I’m going with “all” as my default choice. The airline folks are going to love me : )

 

DC Fit Crasher on the Today Show

 

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I am excited, proud, thrilled, humbled, and just gosh darn happy to share that I was on the Today Show Saturday morning to talk about the growing popularity of boutique fitness!

While many of you following me on social media already know the news, I thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes photos of the day and chat about what the experience was like. I mean, it’s not every day you get to do one of DC’s toughest workouts in front of a camera (yikes) and then invite a Today Show anchor into your tiny living room to film an interview (double yikes). Let’s just say it was a complete blur of emotions and adrenaline and documenting it here for you all will be a cathartic experience for my nerves. So here we go.

On December 4th, an email titled “TODAY Show – fitness segment” landed in my inbox:

Today-Show-EmailI read it with bated breath. Literally. I finished the last sentence and realized I had been holding my breath the entire time out of shock. THE Today Show? Like, the one I had watched every morning before school as a kid? The one I could sing the jingle to and name all the anchors, past and present? SERIOUSLY?!

I stepped away from my computer. Heart racing. Freaking out. Trying to breathe deep and do a happy dance all at the same time. Composing in my head the most professional and appropriate way to scream at the top of my lungs via email “YES!”

And so the back and forth of scheduling dates, times and locations commenced. I presented a list of really unique local boutique studio options for them to choose from, staying away from barre, yoga, or spin as they had already filmed those segments in New York. They got back to me with the request to film at SolidCore, the new megaformer studio in Adams Morgan, on December 20th at 9 a.m. A huge “thank you” to Anne and her staff at SolidCore for accommodating the filming!

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I stepped inside the studio and saw the tv camera, anchor Erica Hill, and the rows of mega formers. Yep, this was really happening. For whatever reason I was under the impression Erica would be sweating alongside me, therefore subjecting us both to the unusual torment of trying to look graceful and strong for the camera while attempting to complete the crazy difficult SolidCore class. But next thing I knew the class was starting, I was on a megaformer, and Erica was cheering from the sidelines in jeans. She must have seen the betrayal and fear in my eyes and gave me a friendly thumbs up instead.

“Okay,” I thought as I eased into the first lunge, “here we go!”

IMG_6892To be totally honest, working out in front of a camera is incredibly strange. I wasn’t sure if I should be smiling, laughing (as in: ha ha ha this workout is a breeze and I’m having such a jolly time!), grimacing, making funny faces, interacting with others in the class, or staring straight ahead in fiercely-dedicated concentration. You know, because I’m a blogger and I mean business.

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I went for a mixture of the concentration and grimacing, heavy on the later. Not consciously, but that’s just the look I get when the burn in my shoulders is radiating down my back, my arms are shaking uncontrollably, and I’m only on the third rep. Oh yeah, zoom in on that failing muscle for the kids at home.

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If I didn’t mention it before, this class is one of the most challenging I’ve ever taken. There’s no rest, it’s high-energy, and the moves target muscles that don’t like to work out. Muscles I honestly never knew I had. For example, the first time I crashed SolidCore I walked funny for three days straight. You get the idea.

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After class, Erica, her producer Kristen, and I traveled to my apartment to complete the interview. I was still sweaty, shaky, and a little delirious from the workout. Thankfully, I had a few minutes alone in my apartment to quickly change clothes and clean up a bit. Not as much as I would have liked for being on national television, but next thing I knew they were knocking on my door and heck, sometimes you just have to roll with it.

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We spent a few minutes trying to reconfigure the furniture in my little apartment to somehow accommodate an interview. It was a hilarious sight to see my living room transformed into a tv studio, complete with nationally recognized anchor on her blackberry. It was surreal. The Today Show is in my living room. Is this real life? Oh goodness, did I remember to swifter the bookshelf over there?

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The next thing I remember is hooking on a microphone and sitting in front of those blinding lights, answering Erica’s questions about DC Fit Crasher and the boutique fitness scene in DC.
At my dinner table. It went by in a flashing blur and I wish I could remember all of the questions she asked, but to be honest, I don’t. I was a ball of nerves and excitement and I think the combination of the two does something funky to your brain, making everything a little fuzzy when you try to look back on it.

Despite the awkwardness of all the filming, Erica and Kristen were incredibly down-to-earth, gracious, and fun to be around. The process reminded me more of making a project for journalism school and less of shooting footage for a national broadcast. They did a bang up job and I was so thrilled to have met them. Here we are after the interview and before they caught a plane back to NYC. All smiles. Thanks guys!

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One thing I want to address – mostly for myself as I look back on this whole thing –  is the fact that I was really, really nervous about the experience. It brought out all sorts of insecurities and vanities in me, ones I am not proud to admit but hey, we’re all human. I had so many questions and doubts before, during, and after: Would I be able to finish? What if I fail during a set? What if I am doing it wrong? What should I wear? Would I look bad on camera? Did I sound stupid? Did that particular pair of black workout tights make my legs look fat?

And you know what? The greatest lesson I learned all day was that the answer to all of those questions is simple: It doesn‘t matter. While not the easiest to remember in the moment, with bright lights in your face and an anchor calmly smiling at you as you’re wobbling in side plank, I knew the Today Show folks came to DC to make an interesting and engaging segment about fitness for their viewers. Something I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of. They weren’t trying to make anyone look bad. And they had asked that I be a part of that as myself – not a version of it – shaking arms, grimacing face, wrinkly shirt, dusty apartment and all. So while it was deliriously easy to fall into the vicious cycle of negative thoughts and self-doubt (and believe me, I did. I still judge my interview responses, my hair, and what I decided to wear), the really difficult but oh-so-important thing I took away from the day was to always remember to just be and accept yourself exactly as you are. That’s the best version of you, anyway, and the one people truly want to see.

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That said, I was so honored to have had the opportunity to share my passion for fitness and healthy living on a platform like the Today Show. Honestly, it was a dream come true and I couldn’t have been more thrilled on Saturday morning when the piece aired. Click here to watch the full thing.

By far, the best part was hearing feedback from all of you and reading all of your supportive and beautifully encouraging comments. Thank you, thank you for being a part of DC Fit Crasher and joining me on my quest to share fun ways to break a sweat and get healthy. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.

A Look Back at the Crashes of 2013

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

What a fantastically crazy and wonderful year it’s been over here at DC Fit Crasher – thank you for making it happen! There’s been a whole lot of sweating going on and I can’t wait to see what incredible adventures the new year brings. I thought it’d be fun to look back over the past 365 days and recap what kinds of workouts I got myself into in 2013.

Some of the most memorable for me include international fit crashing in London, an inauguration dance party, boot camp for pooches, completing the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, discovering the November Project in DC, and learning to row on the Potomac this past spring.

Take a look and let me know which crash was your favorite!

Yoga

Kali Yoga Studio in Columbia Heights: Intermediate/Advanced Vinyasa
Yoga…Is That You? Crashing Sculpt at CorePower Yoga
What the Hatha Am I Doing Here? Crashing Georgetown Yoga 
Hot Power Yoga at extendYoga
Jivamukti Yoga at Flow Yoga Center
Embrace with Faith Hunter Yoga: A bright, cozy yogi haven

Bootcamp

A Capitol Hill Shrine to Sweat: Atlas Fitness Bootcamp
A Workout for You and Fido: Thank Dog Bootcamp
Tag, Crawling, and Sandbags at My Bootcamp with Grant Hill
DC Fit Crasher, Reporting for Duty: Joining the Troops at Soldierfit
Bootcamp at Jaime Andrews Fitness

Cardio

Getting Ugly to Get Pretty: Training at DC Boxing & Fitness
Fit Crashing Freebie: Athleta Fit Club
SolidCore Studio Brings Lagree Fitness Method to DC
Getting the Fish and Chips Kicked Out of Me at Frame Queen’s Park in London
The Sculpt Lab: A Frankenstein Workout
Metabolic Acceleration Training at The Body You Want
Circuit Training with Kinesis in Naples
Nike Training Club: Free, Fun, Phenomenal Workout
Low Impact, High Intensity Interval Training at Capitol Hill Fitness

Pilates

Riding the Reformer at Potomac Pilates
Georgetown Pilates: The Best High-End Sweat Yet
Reformation Fitness: Boutique Pilates Reformer Studio

Run

The November Project DC
If Bootcamp and Your Weekly Group Run Had a Lovechild: Out Run at Roam Fitness
The Rock N Roll Half Marathon
City Sports Georgetown Sunday Run Group

Row

Learning to Row with Capital Rowing Club

Spin

Beating the Pack at Peloton Cycling
Body Ride at Revolve: The Blogger Edition
Rocking the Real Ride at Revolve
Spinning at ZenGo and Refueling at Puree
Sufferfest at Off Road: At Least They’re Honest

Barre

Feeling the Burn at Lava Barre

Dance

Dancing My Bollywood Booty Off at Doonya
Dance Trance: Your Flash Mob Dreams Come True
“Living in America” Inauguration Dance Party
Jazzercise is All Grown Up
My Bollywood Dreams Come True: Masala Bhangra Dance Workout

Crossfit

Crossfit on the National Mall
Intro to Crossfit at Balance Gym

Other

American Parkour Academy: Feeling Like A Video Game Hero
Gyro-what? My Experience Flexing and Flowing at Capital Gyrotonic
Swinging Kettlebells at Studio f3 in Dupont


What are you looking forward to crashing in 2014?


A Very Merry Fit Crasher Christmas!

Fit Crasher Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!

I’m spending the holiday at home with family and feeling so very lucky to have some time off to spend with loved ones. Hope you are doing the same! I’ll be back soon with fun updates about my latest fit crashes and workouts. Until then, it’s time for a few holly jolly miles to sweat off all those sugar cookies. Ho ho ho, here I go!

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