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Bootcamp + Brunch, Swimming, Green Juice, and Kayla Itsines

These weekly roundup posts are quickly becoming my favorite to write, although I’m having a hard narrowing down the things I want to share. So bear with me as I experiment with length and style, I know they can be a little long but I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them. Okay – now on to a few highlights from this week!

Bootcamp + Brunch at Glen’s Garden Market

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This past weekend I attended a fun bootcamp and brunch hosted by Balance Gym and Glen’s Garden Market, which happens to be one of my favorite go-to foodie places here DC. The event was a fundraiser for the local chapter of Steve’s Club, a nation-wide organization that aims to provide after school crossfit classes for at-risk youth. Scrumptious locally-sourced food, a sweaty bootcamp, all for a good cause? Not sure I can think of a better combo.

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The Balance instructors did a really fantastic job keeping the bootcamp accessible to everyone who attended, and split us up into two groups to make sure we all got individualized attention. We started off with a warm up and quickly moved into some of my favorite love-to-hate exercises: partner resistance sprints, broad jumps, lateral paces, and weighted lunges. I say love to hate because they are powerhouse moves that do the trick, but there’s no shortcut around them. They take everything you’ve got. Great for getting the best bang for your buck in a short bootcamp, also great for tuckering you out in a hurry.

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After an hour of making us work for our supper brunch, we were awarded two wooden tokens to take into the market and collect our prize: an iced cold, frothy beer (or iced coffee, in my case) and a plate of delicious brunch fixins’. The brunch included an egg and cheese soufflé,  roasted potatoes, and a kale side salad. Easily worth every broad jump and resistance sprint!

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Summertime Swim Workouts Are Back

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It’s officially summertime and DC public pools are open for business. Cue the celebration!
I grew up as a competitive swimmer and for many years never thought I’d be interested in doing laps for personal fitness, but I’ve grown to love the methodical, no-impact workout more and more each year. DC is blessed with a number of relatively well-kept public pools that are perfect for swim workouts. I typically go to the olympic distance Hains Point pool or the Francis Pool in Dupont, which is where I had my inaugural swim this past weekend. I went at around 2 p.m. and didn’t have to share a lane. Don’t think I’ll have that luxury all the time, but it was lovely!

Trader Joes Gets In On The Green Juice Trend

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This one is too good not to share, so I had to include it in my roundup this week. I discovered that Trader Joes is now selling cold-pressed juices for (are you sitting down?) $5. I’m pretty sure the last green juice I purchased was smaller and double the price. The two flavors I saw at my local TJs were this green one with kale, spinach, ginger, lemon, and other good-for-you ingredients and a red juice that contained beets and other veggies. Both included celery, which I think overpowers ruins everything. But if you’re looking for a less expensive juice option and don’t mind celery flavor, here’s a fresh new idea!

Taking the Kayla Itsines Workout Challenge

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If you read a lot of fitness blogs, you may have seen the name Kayla Itsines floating around recently.
 She’s the Australian personal trainer behind a popular new 12-week workout program that primarily focuses on high intensity circuit training. It’s not a new concept by any means, but the sheer number of impressive-looking before + after photos on her site are enough to make me at least want to try it and see for myself just exactly how this thing works. I purchased P90X and the TRX for the same reason – intriguing, but I wanted to make my own opinion.

Now, a few disclaimers. First of all, I am always enormously skeptical of commercial workout programs that promise amazing results. I am also highly skeptical of before + after photos, because I know how deceptive they can be. Second of all, I cringe that the program is packaged in a book called the “Bikini Body Guide.” I’m not at all a fan of fitness marketing that focuses on vanity. I don’t need a bikini body, I’m looking for solutions to get healthy, strong, and confident. How about the “Healthy, Strong, Lean, and Confident Body”? Can I get a training manual like that? And finally, you should know that I received a copy of the program for free.

I’m intrigued enough by her approach and her throng of enthusiastic followers to commit a few weeks to following the program with a critical eye and seeing how my body responds. Fellow DC blogger Chelsea is also checking it out, and you can read about her experience here. I may post updates on the blog now and again, and if you’re more interested I am happy to give additional details. I’ve done two workouts already (one at home and one where I schlepped weights to a local park – see above) and can honestly say they completely and utterly schooled me, which I was not expecting. So I’m cautiously optimistic. Have you tried her program? Leave a comment and let’s connect!


Your turn: what are a few of the fitness highlights from your week?


 

Free VIDA Fitness Bootcamp at Yards Park

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Crash Course: VIDA Fitness and the Capitol Riverfront BID are partnering to offer free “Get Fit For Summer” workouts Monday through Saturday till the end of August. The schedule will change from month to month, so if you are interested I suggest keeping tabs on the VIDA Facebook page for updates. The bootcamp class is currently offered Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. and features a rotating cast of VIDA trainers to make you sprint, squat, and scissor kick your way into shape all summer long. Each class is open to all fitness levels and will be scaled to meet the experience and needs of every participant. 


where: 355 Water Street SE // Navy Yard

bring: water, towel, mat

perks: outdoor workout, free

sweat score: 8 out of 10

wear: whatever you like

instructor: Kelly

cost: FREE

 

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Yards Park by the Navy Yard has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the city. Brand spanking new condos with riverfront views are flanked by even snazzier new bars and restaurants. Stroll along the water and you’re treated to views of crew teams, quaint touring boats, naval destroyers, and National’s stadium. And, to seal-the-deal that this is truly an up-and-coming area: high-end VIDA Fitness is building its newest location smack dab in the middle of it all. To celebrate, VIDA is working with the local BID to host workout classes all summer long. Anyone and everyone is invited. Oh, and did I mention that they’re free? 

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On Wednesday, dazed by a hellish commute in rush hour + stadium traffic over to SE DC, I strolled up to the closest group of people in Yards Park milling about in athletic gear. Which seemed like the right direction to go toward until I realized that those folks were hanging out with dogs in a small enclosed dog park. Not the bootcamp. This is awkward.

Thank goodness a guy who had been to the bootcamp last week noticed that I was obviously lost, and pointed me in the right direction. The workout classes meet down by the water on the boardwalk. After signing a waiver and placing my backpack on a patch of grass off to the side, we circled around Kelly the VIDA trainer for our orders.

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Kelly told us that every exercise we did that evening would be scaled to three different fitness levels. The first being for those who are new to fitness and just trying things out. The second for people who work out a few times a week and are comfortable with bootcamp style workouts. And the third for those who could easily run three miles, consider themselves athletes, and want something more advanced.

We began with a circuit involving a quarter mile sprint followed by 25 air squats, four times through. Even though the wind was blowing and there was zero humidity, I was sweating buckets by the second round. The combination of quick running and dynamic full-body squats was really killer. We were off to a strong start!

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The rest of the workout was broken up into additional segments of activity. We did a “seven minutes in heaven” circuit that included seven different exercises, each done for a full minute. Think burpees, static split squats, bicycles, and that sort of thing. We also did some stair running, a few dozen push ups, a crazy hard set of bunny hops, and finished things off with final exercises that isolated the abs. All in all, it was a full body workout that got everyone sweating and moving. And let’s be honest, the price and the scenery just couldn’t be beat. 

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The atmosphere was fun and casual, but not so casual that people were off in groups talking amongst themselves or not paying attention to the trainer. Kelly did a great job commanding a diverse audience, leading us seamlessly through each segment of the hour-long workout, and making sure everyone was challenged regardless of their ability level.

The mix of people at the bootcamp ranged from true beginners (the guy next to me told me that he hadn’t worked out in a long time and his goal was “not to die”) to true athletes, with all different ages, shapes, and sizes in between. It was a blast and I would love to go back again soon! Maybe for outdoor yoga next time.

Here is the schedule of free VIDA classes in May:

 V-Boot Camp: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Boot Camp: Tuesdays 7:00 am and Saturdays 10:00 am
Sunrise Yoga: Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Sunset Yoga: Tuesdays 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
Vinyasa: Fridays12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Sunrise Yoga: Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.
Zumba: Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Side note: If you are thirsty after bootcamp and looking for a libation, I can personally attest to the tastiness of the lavender and basil wheat beer brewed next door at Bluejacket. A little pro tip from me to you – cheers!

Jaime Andrews Fitness Women & Weights Class

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Crash Course: Jaime Andrews is most well known for her popular bootcamp classes, but her business also offers a full roster of workout opportunities including personal training, yoga, and fitness getaways. Her latest class is called “Women & Weights”, a 45 minute total body workout using dumbbells, kettlebells, bands, medicine balls, and other tools of the trade to focus on strength and muscular endurance. It’s designed for women of all ages and fitness levels. This class is scheduled for Thursday mornings at 6 a.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Visit the Jaime Andrews Fitness website for more information. 



where: 1440 N Street NW // Logan Circle

bring: yourself, water bottle

perks: small class, towels, all ladies

sweat score: 7 out of 10

wear: anything you like

instructor: Jaime Andrews

cost: $35 drop-in

 

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I had so much fun crashing Jaime’s outdoor bootcamp class last year and had been looking for an opportunity to come back. Logan Circle isn’t the most convenient neighborhood for me to get to, so unfortunately I put it off time and again. When she reached out to me about the newest addition to her class roster, I eagerly signed up for another chance to be part of her small, upbeat, no-fuss workout crew. If I’m willing to get out of bed at 5 a.m. for it, you know it has to be good!

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I was up before the sunrise and slowly made my way through the city on a bikeshare bike, enjoying the quiet darkness and taking the downhill ride as a much-needed opportunity to wake up my sleepy body. I arrived to a bright and chipper studio occupied by five other ladies and Jaime.

We circled up, went through a few introductions, and started a dynamic warmup full of squats, swings, and stretches. Jaime then went over the breakdown of the mornings workout, demonstrating each move and explaining the mechanical breakdown of proper technique.

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We did an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) circuit of three exercises at three stations with tabata intervals between each. Each station included a good mix of weights and cardio, ensuring we worked up a good sweat as we moved around the room. My partner and I started at a station that included 8 push ups, 8 dips, and 8 goblet squats.

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The second station included 8 shoulder presses, 8 deadlifts, and holding a plank while pushing a dumbbell back and forth between your hands 8 times to throw off your balance. That move was so much tougher than it looked! By this point in the workout I was sweaty and starting to feel the fact that I hadn’t lifted weights in a few weeks. Clearly, this workout was just what I needed!

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Our second tabata sequence involved weighted split squats. I wish I could tell you what the first tabata was, but it was obviously too early for my brain to remember. I remember it being challenging. I remember wondering how many gosh darn rounds of the 4 minute sequence we had left. But I can’t for the life of me tell you what the movement was. Oh well. Some things are best left to imagination.

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The final station included 8 TRX rows, 8 kettlebell swings, and 8 resistance band arm curls. I was struggling at this point, but not in a “I’m going to collapse and pass out” kind of way. In the muscle-burn, this is going to feel good tomorrow kind of way. And let me tell you, I definitely felt it the next day. I obviously need to get back to some form of weight training, because my body let me know that it didn’t appreciate the sneak attack.

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The class environment was casual, friendly, and very supportive. Jaime played good music and we talked throughout the entire thing, covering a wide list of topics ranging from marathon training to kids to the weather. It felt like a personal training session with Jaime and five friends. The time flew by and 6:45 came in the blink of an eye. We didn’t stretch as a group at the end of class, but I bet if you wanted to stick around for few minutes to cool down it wouldn’t be a problem. Most of the ladies had to leave right away to start their mornings and get ready for work.

All in all, I loved the experience and really recommend it to anyone looking to incorporate a little more weight training into their workout schedule. There were no “big lifts” involved, but that didn’t make it any less effective. I really enjoyed it. Jaime, can you open a studio closer to Cleveland Park please?

Bonus: read my review of Jaime’s outdoor bootcamp class here.


How do you incorporate weight training into your workout schedule?


 

 

Note: While Jaime invited me to try a free class, my review is based entirely on my honest-to-goodness personal experience. Thanks for reading!

 

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?


What’s Up Wednesday

Good morning everyone! Happy Wednesday : ) Fit Crasher here with a few fun updates to share. Truth is, I didn’t quite make it to my scheduled fit crash this week thanks to the joys of DC traffic congestion, so instead I’ve decided to take the editorial liberty of making this week’s post a little different. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

WORKOUTS

First things first: just because I didn’t get to crash a new spot this week doesn’t mean I haven’t been sweating up a storm all over DC. The holiday season has really done a number on my regularly scheduled classes, but I’ve been getting my endorphin fix on the trails and at the gym instead. Early mornings and late nights, my friends, but it’s better than nothing!

This week’s favorites include a sunrise run along the Potomac with a new running buddy, solo bootcamp at the Georgetown waterfront park (a beautiful spot to workout), and a self-induced interval workout that looked something like this:

200 meter row
20 kettle bell swings
20 box jump burpees
20 man makers
10 assisted pull ups
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I really liked this one – filing it away for later. If you’re looking for a quick and effective tush kicking, try it and let me know what you think. Phew!

NEW JUICES

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Last week I won a juice sampler pack from DC’s newest juicery JRINK, a company that delivers fresh cold-pressed juices right to your door each week. How cool is that? I had been hearing lots of good buzz about their product and was excited to try them out. On the menu: (1) Pineapple, Apple, & Mint (2) Orange, Carrot, Grapefruit, & Ginger (3) Pear, Kale, Cucumber, Romaine & Lemon.

They were all super tasty, but if I had my pick out of the three I’d choose the green juice. Why? Because it has the best veggie to fruit ratio. Don’t get me wrong, the others were delish, but I don’t regularly drink fruit juice so I just don’t see myself ordering them again. JRINK has other flavor options online, including a beet/carrot concoction and an upcoming almond milk/cinnamon/vanilla combo, so I see some more taste testing in my future!

MORE POSTS

When I started the blog last year, I hit the ground running (literally) and posted every day. The breakneck pace just wasn’t sustainable for me. So I took a little blog haitus, a deep breath, and reemerged a few months ago posting once a week.

I’d like to take a stab at expanding the content on the blog again…so soon you’ll notice additional posts each week. (Cue the confetti and balloons!)

I’ll be featuring more of my workouts, my attempts at eating healthy meals, and reader questions – many of which I’ve answered personally via email but want to share with the rest of you. If you have other ideas of what you’d like to see, send me a note!

Have a great week and keep on fit crashin’!

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