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Free VIDA Fitness Bootcamp at Yards Park


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



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? 


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.


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!


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. 


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!

Crash Without Cash: Free Weekly Workouts in DC

You don’t need to take out a loan to get in shape in DC. Here are a few weekly options to check out that won’t cost you a penny. I will keep updating this list as new things pop up, and will share one-time events on my Facebook page. If you know of anything I have missed, leave it in the comments.

Now go get crashing!






















nike training club: free, fun, phenomenal workout


Crash Course: The Nike store in Georgetown is offering a live version of their popular fitness app - Nike Training Club - every Monday evening at 8 p.m. What does this mean for you? The chance to sweat it out with some of the area’s top trainers in an incredibly high-energy environment. And the best part? It’s free. 

where: 3040 M Street NW, Georgetown

bring: yourself

perks: free event, live DJ, try new Nike gear

sweat score: 9 out of 10 



Maybe it’s the remorse over losing my beloved Barnes and Noble bookstore, but I had not been back to this Georgetown location since it became a Nike store in October 2012. Shame on me. Nike did an incredible job with renovating the three-story building and it is truly an impressive space. I’m partial to the subtle homages to Georgetown basketball scattered throughout the store (like the court-themed floor speckled with blue and grey), but as an alum, can you blame me?


I walked into the store and signed in at the Nike Training Club (NTC) desk. The music was blaring and there was a lot of commotion going on all over the place. Immediately, I knew this was going to be the perfect cure for a case of the Mondays. One of the employees asked if I wanted to test drive a pair of Nike trainers, and I happily obliged. I have been meaning to purchase a pair of trainers to use at the gym so I can reserve my running shoes for miles on the pavement, so this was a convenient coincidence.


I am used to wearing running shoes, and walking around in a minimal shoe without a lot of padding or support took some getting used to. That said, I didn’t even think twice about them during the workout – they were light, had lots of ventilation, and totally did the trick.

After putting my belongings in a bag check area, I stopped by the FuelBand counter to snap on my loaner for the evening. Everyone in the class got to try one. These gadgets created quite a lot of buzz when they came on the market last year, and I was really excited for the chance to see how it worked in person. Because most of the features require plugging the band into a computer, we were only able to watch our “fuel” numbers go up as we progressed through the workout – but that was fun and I have no complaints.


Enough of the gadgets – it’s time to workout! We took our places in the middle of the store and waited for marching orders from the trainers. There were two rules. One: no matter what, don’t stop moving. Two: no matter what, have fun. The DJ turned up the music and before we knew it, we were off and running.


I mean that literally. See? There’s no need for a track when you can do your sprint workout while running in place. 


I was dripping in sweat within the first 5 minutes. This workout was intense from start to finish and the energy-level in the room was sky high the entire time. The trainers would come by and cheer people on, and spontaneous shouts of “you got this!” or “keep it up!” competed with the DJ during some of the most frantic sets. Here we are again…running in place. It is so much harder than it sounds. I’m the yellow blur in the corner, trying desperately to keep up.


I took a quick break from the ab portion to snap a photo. You know, for the sake of the blog (ha!). You can see Deanna and Chris working the room, making sure we were all reaching for our toes and using the right technique. 


We partnered up for the middle portion of the workout and I was paired with the tallest guy in the room. We made for a hilariously haphazard duo, particularly when one of the exercises called for knee raises to your partner’s waist height. Let’s just say I ended up doing a routine worthy of a Rockette audition. In the end, we worked as a team, laughed about it, and made it work.


After a rocking, non-stop 45 minutes, it was time to cool down and take one final look at our FuelBands. We were all challenged to make it over 1000 points – and I did! I am not entirely sure what the points-to-calorie conversion is, but I have a sneaking suspicion the workout delivered a huge burn. I was winded, sweaty, and oh so happy.

nike-training-club-fueband-statsThere were a few items to grab for post-workout refueling: Somersaults seed and grain crackers, Nuun electrolyte drink tablets, and bottled water. The crackers were just the salty fix I craved after sweating up a storm, and I grabbed a lemon-lime Nuun to keep in my gym bag for later. Have you tried either of these?


Bottom line: this is a killer, not-to-be missed workout. Is it a huge marketing push for Nike? Absolutely. But any opportunity for Washingtonians to have access to top trainers in such a fun environment for zero cost is okay by me. I will definitely be back…once the soreness wears off.

I downloaded the Nike Training Club app on my iPhone and am excited to start using it. I love finding new exercise combos and having the freedom of being able to do top-notch workouts anywhere, any time. Ah, the joys of technology.

What apps do you use to motivate and inspire your workouts?

two weeks left: free “pilates in the park” @ farragut square



Good morning everyone!

Have you heard about this fun initiative from the Golden Triangle BID? They’re sponsoring free pilates classes at Farragut Square Park on Tuesday nights from 5:30 – 6:30 through October 30.

Classes are BYOM (bring your own mat) and led by certified teachers from local studios like Results Gym, Epic Yoga and Yoga District.

What a great way to kick off happy hour!


Click here for more information. There are still two weeks left in the series:

  • October 23 – traditional mat Pilates
  • October 30 – Yogalates

Grab your mat, enjoy this free fit crash, and leave a comment if you go!