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a toast to my first crash



Crash Course: A fun alternative to your run-of-the-mill pilates class, but felt more like a pre-game for brunch. Not recommended if you are looking for a hard workout. Select Saturdays during the year @ 10 a.m. Click here to sign up.

where? Poste Moderne Brasserie in the courtyard of the Hotel Monaco in Chinatown

bring? BYO mat, towel, water 

wear? pants you feel comfortable doing leg lifts in, sunscreen, sunglasses

how much? $19 for a 45 minute class and a glass of champagne


It was no coincidence that I attended Pilates on the Patio (POP) with Chauna Bryant for my first crash. I felt the occasion called for a celebration, and the 45 minute mat pilates class delivered.

Held on the outdoor patio at Poste in Chinatown–one of my favorite happy hour spots (try the truffle frites)–the class was an intimate gathering of 16 ladies decked out in lulu and ready to sweat. The crowd was mostly groups of friends looking to burn a few calories before indulging in brunch, and the expertise ranged from total beginner to regular guru. 

The class had a heavy focus on legs and core – be prepared to have sore glutes the next day. Chauna was excellent about giving variations for those who needed an extra boost or some extra help (you want me to raise my leg how high?!). She guided us through with no awkward moments of “what should we be doing now,” and the 45 minutes went quickly. Doing pilates on concrete isn’t the most comfortable, so be sure to bring a mat that has some extra padding.

To toast our accomplishments–or maybe drink away the burn–Chauna handed out champagne glasses and popped a few bottles after class. It wasn’t the hardest pilates session I’ve ever been to, but it was worth the price of admission to workout in a place typically reserved for high-end cocktails and fine dining.

End of story: pilates + champagne is better than pilates + no champagne.

Here’s to the first fit crash!



Interested in taking a class with Cuahna but missed out on POP this season? Not to fret! She teaches regularly at Equinox Gym and ZenGo Fitness in Bethesda, MD and Results Gym in downtown DC.