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NYC’s 305 Fitness Launches in DC

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Crash Course: 305 Fitness is a fast-paced, heart-pumping dance cardio experience complete with a live DJ and high-energy instructor. Hate dance-based classes? Well, this one’s a bit different. Think more cardio, less choreo. No need to memorize any sequences or complicated routines; just follow along with the instructor’s moves and you’ll be sweating in no time. This is a dynamic class with lots of jumping, plyometrics, moving, and grooving, so be prepared and modify if needed. Check out the 305 Fitness website for a full schedule of classes


where: Bodysmith Gym | 1630 14th Street NW

bring: water bottle

perks: shower, towels, juice bar on site

sweat score: 8 out of 10

wear: clothes to dance + sweat in

instructor: Natalia

cost: drop-in is $26 

 

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Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting the team behind 305 Fitness, a high-energy cardio dance class from New York City. They wanted to expand their sweaty empire beyond the Empire State and had their sights set on the fitness buzz happening here in DC. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more excited to serve as a spandex-clad ambassador for what the District has to offer and wholeheartedly vouched for DC as the place to be.

Well, the stars aligned and as of this month 305 Fitness officially launched in Washington, DC at Bodysmith Gym in Logan Circle. High-fives all around! I was invited to attend one of their inaugural classes a week or so ago, and despite being knee-deep in cardboard boxes and packing chaos, I dropped everything to finally check out what this NYC dance cardio phenom was all about.

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To get to class, I hopped on a Capital Bikeshare after work and pedaled my way up to Bodysmith Gym, where I was immediately greeted by a long line of excited sweat junkies waiting to get into class.
Always a good sign. After putting pen to paper on the appropriate gym safety waivers, I went upstairs to change into my 305 Fitness tank, a generous gift from the team to celebrate the launch. While this is almost certainly as nerdy as wearing the race t-shirt to the race itself, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I mean, the thing is feather-light and has “make sweat sexy” emblazioned in big, bold, hot-pink letters. You better believe I wore it.

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The all-purpose room was absolutely buzzing with energy. The din kept building as more people packed in, and the DJ was already setting a party vibe with some pre-class tunes. I put my water bottle and towel down at the back of the room and scouted out the best place to stand.

I wanted to blend into the crowd, but also wanted to take a few photos without disturbing the class. On top of all that, I have a tendency to interpret dance moves by flailing my arms and legs in various directions, so for the safety of others I thought it’d be best to keep a wide radius. The only available spot that fit my needs was right next to the DJ, who was awesome. Thanks for appreciating my spastic running-man and for dropping some serious beats, DJardent!

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Just when I thought the noise level of the room couldn’t get any louder, Natalia the instructor took things up a notch with her introduction. Ladies and gents, she is energy and personality personified. Part entertainer, part motivational speaker, and part girl you wish you could keep up with on the dance floor, she commanded our attention and held it there from start to finish. Having fun and giving it your all in class isn’t a suggestion, it’s mandatory. I have a feeling this is par for the course with 305′s instructors, so get ready.

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We jumped right in from the very first song. Literally jumped. And lunged. And high knees. And sassy sashayed across the floor. And then squat jumped, because who doesn’t throw a few squat jumps in on the dance floor? While at first there were a few tepid hoots and hollers from girls around the room enjoying the moves and the music, it quickly crescendoed to an all-out sweat party by song three.

Now I’m going to be brutally honest: I don’t typically enjoy dance classes. Without fail, I feel awkward, self conscious, and uncoordinated. But for some reason those feelings quickly faded during this class. Sure I got some of the steps wrong. I may or may not have fallen over at one point. But, unlike Zumba or other dance classes I’ve crashed, for the most part the steps were easy to follow along with. And on top of that, there was such an emphasis on “making it your own” and just moving and having fun that I quickly stopped trying to perfect the moves. I just did what I could and made up the rest. I have to say, having a live DJ somehow helps set a more care-free vibe, too.

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There was a brief (very brief) break in the middle of class, where many of us spilled out of the room in search of extra towels to mop ourselves with.
At any point during the session you can stop to towel off or get some water, but the time goes so quickly that having a designated break in the middle was helpful. While the first half of class was mainly dancing to one song after the next, the second half of class consisted of some sprint intervals (running in place, more squats, you get the idea) and then an absolutely brutal arm sequence. We didn’t use any weights but instead repeated different small movements, and holy smokes were my arms burning. Don’t let it fool you. We capped everything off with a good long stretch, which was clutch after putting your body through so many dynamic moves.

Bottom line: 305 Fitness is an incredibly fun and entertaining way to get your full body cardio conditioning. There is anaerobic and aerobic training. Plyometrics. Endurance. Sprints. You name it, you’ll do it, and I have a feeling you may even enjoy it. I know I did! I’m excited to get up to New York City and try it again.

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After class I stopped by Press located on the ground floor of Bodysmith. They have a small but very delicious selection of vegetable and fruit juices and smoothies. After all of that sweating, I opted for an ice-cold smoothie with chia seeds, coconut water, banana, blueberries, and spinach. It was the perfect way to quickly replenish and refresh.

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Thanks for inviting me to crash, 305 Fitness. Welcome to DC and I can’t wait to visit again in New York City!

 

 

Cheers to New Beginnings

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The blog has been quiet for awhile, and it’s high time I explain why. So here it is…

I am excited to announce that I accepted a job in New York City and will be moving there next month.

It’s an enormous change, but one that’s full of enormous hope and enormous opportunity. New job. New city. New people. New everything.

I’m not going to lie. All of this has me scared out of my wits. My comfort zone? Somewhere in the rearview mirror. But what’s life without a little bit of zing to keep us on our toes, right?

I wanted to share the news with you as soon as I heard, but the honest truth, dear friends, is that this post is more difficult to write than I ever imagined. I have written it, deleted it, and rewritten it a dozen times. Mostly because all of this is so new and I’m still gathering my thoughts. But mainly because change is hard and even harder to put into words. I’ve lived in the District for ten incredible years. Over the years, it has gently morphed from the city where I went to college to the city where I work and finally into its latest incarnation: home.

DC Fit Crasher grew out of that sense of home. When I wrote my first blog post two years ago, I had lived here long enough to notice the city’s fitness scene changing, evolving, and growing into something entirely new. Boutique studios were popping up left and right, some in popular neighborhoods and others in up-and-coming communities I had never heard of. It was exciting to watch small business owners try new things, take chances, and offer DC an expanding host of options to get healthy, strong, and fit.

Since then, the city has taken its love affair with fitness to a whole new level. National retail brands offer free in-store workouts. Commercial buildings, community parks, and hotels organize packed-to-the-gills fitness events. The city recently hosted two first-of-its-kind fitness expos. Grassroots groups get up early and stay up late to provide free, fun, and contagiously energetic workouts for anyone who will just show up. It’s now trendy to burn + brunch, sweat + sip, and replace happy hours, dates, and corporate meetings with workouts.

In short: DC has become a fit crasher’s dream come true. I am consistently inspired, motivated, and awe-struck by everyone I meet in the DC fitness community, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of fitness fanatics to sweat with.

To my readers, colleagues, and everyone I’ve ever randomly snapped a sweaty photo of or shared a class with: thank you. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your world. Thank you for dreaming big, bold, crazy fitness dreams. Thank you for whipping up delicious tonics, juices, protein bars, and salads. Thank you for reading this little slice of the Internet I have come to love so much. Thank you for your advice, kindness, and friendship. And thank you from the bottom of my spandex-clad heart for making DC one of the coolest places to workout in.

So why leave? Personally and professionally, it’s time to make a change and try something new. Change is intimidating. But change is also the first step toward making things more awesome, so let’s do this. I’m ready. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith, throw down some serious hustle, screw your courage to the sticking point, grab life by the horns, and make things happen. And as far as fitness trends, workout options, and wellness fads are concerned, I couldn’t be more excited about entering the big leagues in New York. It’s the home of aqua cycling and naked yoga, for crying out loud. I’m both intrigued and mystified, but more importantly, absolutely ready to take on the challenge.

The big question is: what will become of DC Fit Crasher? Truth be told, I don’t have a clear answer yet. There’ll have to be a name change, of course. But starting a new job in a new city means I have a lot on my plate in the “real world,” and I want to be sure I allow myself the time to be fully present in that experience. Even if that experience means packing boxes till wee hours of the morning, driving them into New York City in a big orange uHaul, and eating Chinese food for dinner on the floor of my new apartment until I muster the energy to unpack. The real world is about to throw a whole lot at me – new city, new job, new people, new running routes, new gyms - and I ask for your patience as I take it all in.

I do know one thing. The Fit Crasher blog will continue. Maybe not as consistently at first. And maybe with a slightly different focus and format. But I love fitness and this incredible Fit Crasher community too much to stop blogging entirely. That said, I’d like to ask for your help. If anyone has suggestions as to how the blog could improve in its next iteration, things you’d like to see or ideas about how it could be better, please drop me a line with your thoughts. I would adore hearing your feedback.

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I start this exciting new chapter and take on all of the sweaty adventures that come with it. I couldn’t think of a better group of folks to do it with, and for that, I am sincerely grateful.

Until next time, DC.

As for you, New York, I’m raising my glass in toast to everything that awaits. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us.

Cheers to new beginnings.

 

 

 

Top 10 Fit Crasher Highlights From Last Week

Hope you all had a glorious Memorial Day Weekend! This past week was packed with all sorts of random fit crasher goodness, so I thought I’d break it down for you with a top ten list. Are you ready?

TEN: Kate Bakes Bars

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kate bakes bars

I had the opportunity to try my very first batch of Kate Bakes bars. What makes these so special, you ask? Well, a few things! They’re made right here in DC by a local lady entrepreneur who is committed to providing the city with healthy on-the-go eats. The ingredient list is small and full of items I recognize, and each bar is always gluten free and vegan for anyone who has dietary restrictions. Not to mention, they’re pretty darn scrumptious too. My favorite flavors were the banana cinnamon oatmeal and the chocolate coffee. Perfect for tossing in my gym bag as a before or after fit crash snack. These things were definitely a highlight of my week! Thanks for the samples, Kate!

NINE: New Oiselle Running Shorts

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My stash of running shorts is in serious need of an update. I was thrilled to receive a pair of the Lululemon speed shorts for my birthday earlier this month, but after wearing them over and over again, I figured it was time to add another new pair to the rotation. I have been hearing awesome things about the Oiselle roga shorts, so last weekend I popped on over to City Sports to try on a pair. It was love at first lunge (yes, I did a few in the dressing room). In fact, I wore them out the door and straight to the trail. There’s a front pocket deep enough to fit my phone, and a back pocket that works great for keys and an ID. They have just the right amount of stretch and a comfortable wide waistband. I’m officially smitten.

EIGHT: Garden Greens

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A friend of mine has an organic garden plot and grows some of the most delicious-looking produce every year. He is experimenting with different kinds of greens this spring, and is having overwhelming success with just about everything he put into the ground. So much so, in fact, that he currently has more lettuce than he can possibly eat and was kind enough to give me a sampling of his bounty. I was over the moon excited to have a huge bag brimming with the most colorful, fresh looking leaves I’ve ever seen. Salad heaven!

SEVEN: Outdoor Workouts

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No gym? No problem! Fit crashing doesn’t have to happen at a studio, especially when the weather is as beautiful as it has been here in DC. I like using the 12 Minute Athlete and Sworkit circuit training apps for quick, no-nonsense sweatiness wherever I go. I definitely got a few strange looks from kids enjoying an evening playdate at the playground, but hopefully they’ll remember the crazy lady doing pull ups on the monkey bars when they get older : )

SIX: Berry Season!

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I think this pictures says it all, yes? Hello summer!

FIVE: Standup Paddleboarding

Key Bridge Boathouse DC
On Memorial Day a friend and I slathered on the sunscreen, strapped into lifejackets, and took to the high seas Potomac River for an afternoon of stand-up paddleboarding at the Key Bridge Boathouse
(formerly Jacks Boathouse, RIP). I almost forgot what a tough workout it can be going against the wind and the current. After an hour of adventuring we docked our vessels and went in search of some much-needed nourishment. Hey, all that paddling is hard work! Thankfully, Malmaison was a stone’s throw away and offered fresh-squeezed green juices. I got the Hulk flavor, a refreshing combo of pear, cucumber, and other delicious ingredients. Win!

FOUR: Bowling at the White House

truman bowling alley white house

truman bowling alley white house

Talk about a fit crasher bucket list item! Can’t believe this actually happened. A friend invited a few of us to bowl at the White House Truman Bowling Alley last weekend. It’s a tiny two lane operation, complete with personalized bowling balls, a wall full of shoes, and even its own White House score cards. I loved looking over the pictures hanging along the walls of the various presidents and first ladies using it over the years – the history in that place! I’m absolutely terrible at bowling but had a blast. Now if only I can learn to keep it down the middle…

THREE: Crashing the Newest [solidcore] Studio

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On Sunday I took a bike share bike to Mt. Vernon Triangle to check out the newest solidcore studio. The location is a little bit hidden – look for it underneath the Le Pan Quotidien across the street from Sixth Engine bar. It has the same design as the other studios but in a more convenient place for folks living in that neck of the woods. A word of caution: this is still the toughest and most addictive workout I’ve done in DC. You’ve been warned.

TWO: Memorial Day 12 Miler

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The weather this past weekend was picture perfect. 70 – 80 degrees, no humidity, brilliant sunshine. I decided to make the best of it and adventure down to the monuments to see what kinds of things were going on for Memorial Day. I should have mapped it out before I left because it ended up being a whopping 12 miles! I ran part of the way but it was mostly a brisk walk. That said, I had to stop at one of the tourist-trap concession stands to buy a water and a bag of pretzels just to keep me going. Serves me right for not planing ahead!

As expected, the monuments were absolutely mobbed with folks in town to celebrate the holiday. I walked the length of the Lincoln to the WWII memorial just in time to witness a group of Honor Flight veterans being escorted in to see the monument for the first time. It was incredible to watch. Really brought home the “reason for the season” and I felt so lucky to have been there at the right time to see it. But next time, I’ll bring water and snacks for the journey!

ONE: Celebrating 80 Fit Crashes

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The blog reached a whopping 80 fit crashes last week! Cue the confetti and party hats! Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and let me know, I’d love to hear from you. Cheers to this milestone and at least 80 more sweaty adventures ahead :)

Yoga + Martial Arts + Plyo Fusion Flow at Yoga Heights DC

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Crash Course: Yoga Heights is DC’s newest yoga studio located just a  few blocks from the Georgia Ave/Petworth metro stop. It offers a variety of yoga classes, pilates, and nutrition counseling. It’s signature class is the Fusion Flow, a mashup of yoga, martial arts, and plyometrics that promises to deliver an intense, mix-movement interval workout. According to the website, the class is “geared towards building strength, power, and stability in your body.”  Sound like something you’d be interested in? Click here to see a full schedule for the next Fusion Flow class.   


where: 3506 Georgia Ave. // Georgia Ave. and Petworth Metro

bring: mat, towel, water bottle

perks: showers, easy parking, integrated nutrition center

sweat score: 9 out of 10

 

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Do you all remember the crash I did at Athleta last year, the one with the interval workout that put me through my paces? The mastermind behind that class was Amy Rizzotto (photobomber extraordinaire, see above), who hinted to me that evening that she was working with a partner on a new yoga + wellness center in Petworth opening in the Spring of 2014. Well folks, it’s here! The amazing Yoga Heights is now open on Georgia Ave. and offers a really neat selection of unique classes to choose from, including hot power yoga, yogalates, pilates, beginners flow, athlete’s flow, and more.

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yoga heights dc

Amy is a Certified Nutrition Coach and brings her passion for healthy eating to Yoga Heights through a variety of coaching services. Wellness and fitness isn’t just about sweating up a storm. You have to fuel your body to be its best, too. Yoga Heights brings it all together under one roof, something I have not yet seen in other studios. I’m such a fan of this integrated approach and hope it catches on at other places, especially the larger gyms with budgets to have an RD or nutrition coach on staff.

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The studio is so new that the outdoor signage is still in process, so look for the white “Yoga Heights” banner hanging in the window. The front lobby area is clean and welcoming. The space has an industrial look to it, with exposed ductwork and clean lines. Amy and her business partner Jess Pierno decorated the space with wood and steel accents that really gives it an edgy-yet-comfortable vibe.

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If you’re there on Wednesdays, check in with Andrew at the front desk (hi Andrew!) and make yourself comfortable. The lobby area has a selection of tea, a healthy snack bar or two, and a fridge full of Capital Kombucha. The two studio rooms are located down the hallway behind the front desk. The two bathrooms are all the way at the back of the space. I didn’t notice a dedicated changing room, so I popped into one of the luxuriously spacious bathrooms to do a quick-change out of my work clothes and into something more appropriate for class.

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The bathroom has a shower in it – win! Bonus points for studios where I can freshen up after class and seamlessly get on with my day. I’m not sure if the other bathroom also has a shower, but one is more than enough and better than none!

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Whenever I go to class right after work, I always like to have face wipes on me so I can take off my makeup before getting down to business. I’ve been using the Say Yes! blueberry wipes forever, but Biore sent me a sample pack and I figured it was worth trying something new. They definitely did the trick, but I don’t think I’ll be using them again. The ingredient list included a few things I’m not so keen on (including parabens) and I’d rather use wipes that are biodegradable.

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With a squeaky clean face and clad in the fit crasher uniform of head-to-toe spandex, I walked into the room where our fusion flow class would be held that evening. It was pretty dim, so apologies that my photos turned out a tad grainy. If anyone has tips for low-light, high-activity iPhone photos, give a yell!

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We organized ourselves into two rows of mats facing each other, with Amy in the middle giving instructions and demonstrating. I am so used to a teacher in front, students scattared in the back kind of setup that this new design totally threw me off. Probably a good thing not to get too comfortable, though, right?

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The fusion class is a combination of yoga, plyometrics, and martial arts movements all fused into one crazy sweat fest. Think budokon with plyometric circuits sprinkled throughout. The class was broken up into a number of circuits, where yoga would build into martial arts and then culminate in a round of cardio or plyometrics. After a quick rest in child’s pose, we were back at in and on to the next round.

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Let’s just say it got really sweaty, really fast. We began with some sun salutations, but before I could get too comfortable we moved into dolphin pushups and donkey kicks. I loved how each circuit built on itself, from flow to full-out plyo. Amy demonstrated each of the moves before we began the circuit, and I felt that I was able to keep up despite being new to quite a few of them.

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There was quite a bit of jumping around, so if you’re looking for relaxing yoga, Yoga Heights offers that, but not in this class. I’d also recommend chatting with the teacher before class if you have any injuries or concerns. Since plyometrics are pretty explosive, this may not be the best option for folks recovering from injuries.

That said, if you like yoga but want to kick it up a notch with some added cardio and challenges, I definitely recommend checking out the fusion class. It’s a unique twist on your traditional yoga class that takes an extremely athletic approach. It’s also a ton of fun. I got a kick (literally) out of attempting handstands, learning a funky martial arts slash breakdancing move, and sweating up a storm.

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Your first class is free at Yoga Heights, and after that drop-ins are $18. I’d love to come back and try the Athlete’s Flow or Yogalates class.

To Jess and Amy: a “thank you” to you and your team for hosting my crash at Yoga Heights. Congrats on the grand opening and welcome to the neighborhood!

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!

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