A Hidden Gem for You Gym Rats

BY MARIBEL PADIAL

Union  is a popular destination for “foodies.” It’s the new epicenter of delicious cuisine with over 40 local vendors all located under one roof. The venue looks like a warehouse but inside, it’s a sea of deliciousness. On the outskirts of Union Market sit a number of popup shops and clothing vendors. Then, right next to the parking lot is a complex that looks like your run-of-the mill industrial building.

Honestly, I thought it was an abandoned building. There are virtually no signs of life around the building most days. But, lo and behold, inside may be the best and cheapest bodybuilding gym in DC.

Total Source Fitness is a full-fledged gym that not many people know exists. Over the door or on the building there are no signs. There is only a single banner chained on the fence in the front entrance. No advertisements are placed around the vicinity promoting the venue and I have yet to come across any sort of promotion in the northeast area.

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Ask around the gym and all the members say they stumbled into the gym.

When I walked through the front door of the building, I was pleasantly surprised to see how massive the space was and all the equipment that was available.

The gym offers a vast amount of workout equipment, including barbells, dumbbells up to 130 pounds, squat racks, lat-pull down machines, cable pulley systems, bench presses, and more. There is also an area with cardio machines specifically, treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, and bikes. T.S.F also offers personal training classes, but there is an extra fee.

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My favorite part is the open mat area that is available. Every time I have visited the gym I do a HIIT workout there because there is so much room for me to do my burpees, lunges, step-ups, abdominal exercises, and more. Thanks to the amount of space, I am able to workout without feeling as if I’m about to careen into other members – a rarity, as many other workout facilities do not offer a large open area for their clients.

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Another great thing about TSF is the music. In my opinion, a hard workout is so much more bearable when you have great music in the background that can help motivate you to finish the workout strong. T.S.F. has a large stereo that plays all fast paced, electric house music.

T.S.F is not a swanky gym by any means, but that is what I like most about it. All the other members are very respectful and everyone seems to have a very similar mindset when they are working out there: workout hard and go home. No one really talks to one another or disrupts anyone during their workout. I have been in gyms where people will interrupt me while I’m doing jump squats and it irritates me so much. Not at this gym. No one will bother you, which I greatly appreciate because the hour I cut out to workout is my time and I don’t like being interrupted.

T.S.F is very affordable, especially compared to the other gyms in the Washington, D.C. area. A monthly membership is $40 and there is no contract. If you want to try out the gym, they will grant you a three-day pass. T.S.F also offers a drop in rate for $10, which is the lowest price I have ever seen for drop-ins. At Vida, the drop in fee is $30 and Planet Fitness is $25.

All in all, I think T.S.F is a great facility and you guys should check it out! You may be surprised by how much you like working out there.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget? We’ve Found a Chocolate Cake That’s Good for Your Wallet and Your Waistline!

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BY MARSALIE MACKENZIE

Since starting my new job downtown, I’ve been guilty of going out to eat a lot more than I should. In my defense though, it’s really freakin’ hard to say no to cappuccinos and Double Chocolate Cake at Rare Sweets Bakeshop – especially, when your co-workers are always game for a mid-day coffee break.

However, I’m fully aware that my current eating habits are taking a serious toll on both my wallet and my waistline – so I’ve started to consider new ways to get excited about food prep. On a recommendation from my food-loving Aussie friend, Susan, I’ve recently started following a handful of food bloggers who make eating healthy on a budget look easy and delicious.

In an effort to be more conscious about what I consume, I decided to try my hand at recreating a *relatively* simple recipe from my favorite blog, Not Quite Nigella (a reference to famed TV chef, Nigella Lawson). I picked the wholesome vegan chocolate cake with sweet potato frosting because it’s similar to my beloved Double Chocolate Cake, making it easier to compare how many dollars and calories I save by making it myself.

The Shopping Trip:

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I had a few of the ingredients at home (salt, bicarb and safflower oil) but had to buy the rest. This particular basket of goodies cost me $17.22 at Harris Teeter, plus an additional $7.99 for raw cacao powder (which is harder to find than you might think).

At a total of $25.21, this isn’t an insignificant investment, but when you consider that the recipe serves 15, it ended up being $1.70 a slice – $3.30 cheaper than the Bakeshop.

The Process:

I’ve never been a great cook, and, until recently, I lived by myself with no one around to judge me for my lack of domesticity. Luckily, Susan was a great sport and agreed to provide some adult supervision as I made my first foray into vegan baking.

With her help over the course of 2 hours, we baked a delicious cake made entirely of natural ingredients. It wasn’t the most difficult thing I’ve ever made, but I certainly learned a few things in the process that I think would be useful for anyone looking to try this at home.

1. 2 cups of steamed or roasted sweet potato is 2 large sweet potatoes (or 275g). For best results, wrap in tinfoil and bake for 50 minutes, cut open and scoop out the insides.

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2. You need a food processor. Even with a high quality food processor, I still had small lumps of sweet potato in the icing.

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3. Maple syrup is a powerful sweetner. Use liberally until you’ve reach the desired frosting sweetness. That said, taste as you go to avoid adding too much; you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.

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4. Don’t be fussed about the decoration, unless of course you’re baking this for a party. Below is a picture of Lorraine’s cake, which is beautiful; however, bagged cacao nibs work perfectly fine as sprinkles and take absolutely zero effort.

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Picture by Lorraine Elliott

The Verdict:

The cake had a brownie like consistency that was moist and decadent. The sweet potato frosting was also delicious, and allowed us to avoid the 6 cups of sugar typically added to commercial butter cream frostings.

How did it compare to the Double Chocolate Cake? Let’s be honest, no amount of cocoa and maple syrup tastes as satisfying as real sugar, but it was pretty darn good, and more importantly – good for us. At $25.21 for 15 servings, you get 3 times more bang for your buck, without worrying about your sugar intake. I’ll definitely be making this again, but next time I’ll make sure to share!

Blogs, apps, and experts to follow for healthy-living in D.C.

BY DANIEL GOMEZ

Finding a good and inexpensive workout in Washington isn’t easy, and combing through the internet for the best deal presents an even bigger headache. That’s why for this post, we are going to introduce you to some local fitness blogs, experts, and mobile apps that make finding the right gym quick and easy.

Follow one or all of them, and the next time you learn a new way to sweat in the District, share your experience with us and let us know how you fared.

Blogs

  1. Eat Pray Run DC

What it’s about: Courtney was a high school sprinter who stopped running and years later returned to it as a form of stress relief and self-confidence, participating in marathons and half-marathons all over the United States. Her blog chronicles her competitions, provides tips for runners, and shares the ingredients of her favorite food recipes.

  1. Fannetastic Food

What it’s about: Anne is a registered dietician with dozens of recipes for breakfast, baked goods, soups, seafood, desserts, etc. A DC resident, she also has a passion for running and traveling. She started Fannetastic Food in 2009 as way to help others “lead happier, healthier lives.” As of April 2017, she has been featured on CNN, the Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed.

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What it’s about: Meaghan is a former collegiate athlete and “fitness fanatic” who started her own blog to review the best boutique gyms, gear, and fitness trends in Washington, D.C. She now lives in New York City, where she works with a team of “sweat connoisseurs” in different cities to review the best fitness options nationwide.

Instagram Accounts

  1. Thefitdistrict

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Thefitdistrict shares photos of Washingtonians all over the District, finding different and exciting ways to sweat and stay motivated.

  1. Ingrid Nelson

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A local Nike master trainer, Ingrid Nelson was named D.C.’s best personal trainer by Washingtonian Magazine in 2013. She offers private one-on-one training and group training classes at the Nike Store in Georgetown. Her Instagram page has garnered 4,310 followers, displaying photos of some of her exciting adventures.

  1. DistrictCrossFit

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District CrossFit remains one of the best CrossFit gyms in D.C. Their approach to working out redefines strength training and is extremely popular amongst men and women who are serious about getting in shape.

Mobile Apps

  1. ClassPass

What is it? ClassPass is a monthly fitness membership that lets you work out at the best studios and gyms near you. The mobile app is free and is perfect for anyone in the District who wants to venture outside their comfort zone. It gives you access to countless gyms and gives you the freedom to choose where you want to train.

  1. 7 Minute Workout by Wahoo Fitness

What is it? The 7-minute workout app is a free fitness app designed for anyone who cannot afford, does not have access to, or does not have enough time to go the gym. The app has a 4.8 rating on iTunes and offers in-app purchases for cardio, core, and Pilates training. Great for any Washingtonians who are looking for a time-saving alternative to traditional gyms.

  1. TrainGo

What is it? TrainGo is another free fitness app that offers people access to trainers, gyms, and classes, working around their schedules to provide them with the most options possible. Another app that’s great for working professionals.

Hopefully, you enjoyed our list and discovered some places where you can look for motivation or find your latest fix. Feel free to tell us what you think in the comments section down below.

Do you need a chiropractor? (Hint: probably)

BY MARIBEL PADIAL

My posture is something that I never really thought about.

Health and wellness has always been a priority in my life, so I thought through exercise and healthy eating that I was doing everything possible to stay healthy. It wasn’t until my last job that severe back and shoulder pain — being hunched over at my desk for nearly eight hours straight — drove me to look around for a remedy.

The pain was so bad I found myself trying to massage my shoulders at my desk.. I made an effort to get up from my desk more often, but my lower back would still tighten up. Initially, I just chose to ignore the pain because I didn’t believe in seeing a chiropractor or seeking medical help.

But then my fiancé began seeing a chiropractor because he too was experiencing pain in his back. After several weeks of trying to persuade me to go with him to a visit, I finally gave in. And wow. I never imagined what a tremendous difference I would feel.

I have been seeing my chiropractor, Dr. Kevin Hunter for several months, typically twice a week. My physician stressed to me that if I don’t make these visits part of my regular routine then I won’t be able to fix my posture. The main issue patients have with visiting a chiropractor is that they want a quick fix for their pain and, unfortunately, with physical therapy you have to be patient in order to truly see results.

I sat down with Dr. Hunter to ask him how posture has an impact on your overall health, including your mood; sleep patterns, diet, energy, pain tolerance, among an array of other areas of health. Below is a transcript of my interview with him.

ON THE GLOW: Explain to me why it is so important that people should visit a chiropractor?

DR. KEVIN HUNTER: The main premise is that and it’s been proven that when our spine is properly aligned, not only do we function better in our day-to-day life between movement, recreation and so forth, but also organs function better. And now recently there’s been a lot of studies coming out, one study was conducted by Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, she did a Ted Talk and wrote a very popular book called “Presence,” where basically she said the posture a person relates to how they view the world and how they view themselves. So people who had a poor posture, where they were more bent over, they had a poor view of themselves, less pain tolerance, they scored lower on exams compared to other people, who stood up more upright. And they had a worse view of the world. People who are more upright (and they just did studies on this and it goes beyond chiropractic) test higher on exams, they had a higher pain tolerance, and they viewed the world better. They just felt more open to life and happy. So there is more and more being shown that our posture really dictates how we relate to the world.

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OTG: A lot of jobs involve their workers to sit at a desk and work from a computer for a majority of their day. Do you have any recommendations on what people can do to avoid ruining their posture by being so stagnant throughout the day?

HUNTER: A standing desk would be the best option. If their work will not provide them with a standing desk, at the very least if they are seated, they should get up every hour to move around a little bit. They used to say smoking was the silent killer. Now doctors are saying that sitting, being seated eight hours a day is also silent killer. So they recommend that if you are working from a computer, cubicle, or form a desk you should try to get up every hour and get a little bit of motion in or even doing stretches at your desk. You need to do something, so it hasn’t been eight straight hours where you have hardly gotten up from your desk. Even if you go to lunch for an hour and are then seated for four straight hours is not good.

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OTG: How does posture affects your mood so much?

HUNTER: Oh, it affects it tremendously. I noticed a lot of changes myself as well. For people who have better posture life looks a little bit better. Life seems a little bit easier. Things that would normally get on one’s nerves don’t. Social psychologist, Amy Cuddy confirms all of this in her book “Presence.” They did a study, where there were two groups and they asked the participants in one group stand and sit in a more crouched position during the day and the second to focus on standing and sitting more upright. The participants who were asked to not keep their posture upright noticed that they had more sunken moods and felt more depressed. They also had a gloomier outlook on life versus the individuals who were asked to be more upright. The participants in the second group were also more open to life and wanted to try new things. Cuddy emphasized that having a straight spine made a huge difference.

OTG: Do you think more people are becoming more dependent on medications or other methods to cure their problems?

HUNTER: Absolutely, we have become a society of a quick fix, where we are looking for a pill to solve all of our problems and there isn’t one for the spine. My sister is a dentist and she talks to me about dental hygiene and how if someone doesn’t take care of their teeth they can get implants, crowns, or other things put in their mouth to correct the damage. You can’t do that with the spine. You can’t put implants in the spine. I think spine hygiene is important to keep our spine aligned and keep it functioning correctly.

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This is the Maryland Chiropractic office, the office that Dr. Hunter works from

OTG: Why do you think so many people have problems with their posture?

HUNTER: We have become a society where we don’t want to take personal responsibility for our actions. There is a cause and effect with everything, but we still believe we can neglect things, like people who don’t workout, don’t eat healthy, don’t watch their weight and then they become overweight and don’t want to take responsibility. People rather look for the quick fix even when there isn’t one for maintaining a healthy body weight. I think people don’t want to put in the effort to go see a chiropractor or take some time out of their day to stretch out their spine. If you put in the effort to work on your posture, you will notice a tremendous difference. The person’s life will change in so many ways in a positive effect.

OTG: Can you list out some of the positive effect of working on your posture? Does it serve as a motivator to work out more? Eat healthier?

HUNTER: I’ve noticed when we have patients who maybe are dealing with other health related issues, once their spine starts feeling better and they feel like hey I can move better, I can get in out and out of the car better, then the natural progression begins to happen. Hey let me start walking now. Hey I have that gym membership maybe I should try going to the gym for a little bit. And we encourage that. We also encourage exercise in the office, so it becomes active therapy. We want them to be using all of their joints and not just their spine. We do start to see people begin to eat healthier, start working out and things begin to change for the positive.

Workout Wednesdays: Is SoulCycle Really Worth the $34 Drop-in? We Saddled up to Find Out!

BY MARSALIE MACKENZIE, DANIEL GOMEZ, MARIBEL PADIAL AND DOMINIQUE YOUNGBLOOD

SoulCycle is one of the hottest fitness chains in the U.S. right now, but at $34 a class, it’s as well known for its star studded clientele as it is for its outrageous drop-in fees.

Still, with frequent waitlists at each of SoulCycle’s 4 D.C. locations, we couldn’t help but wonder: Are we missing out on the best workout of our lives?

To put our curiosity to rest, we saddled up at SoulCycle locations across the city to see for ourselves what the hype is about. The reviews are in, and let’s just say that some of us weren’t quite “soul’d” on this new fitness craze.

MARSALIE: I like to think of myself as a spin enthusiast. I cycle an average of 5 days a week and have sampled 90% of the boutique spin studios in the District. That’s probably why my friends were shocked when I mentioned that I’d never been to SoulCycle before; although, I was quick to point out that I’d also never been offered a free pass before (which matters when you’re paying $34 a session after shoe rental).

Before I start my review, I’ve got to say this: guys – I wanted to love this class. I really, really did – but no matter how many times you tell me that Oprah and Lady Gaga are clients, it won’t change the fact that it’s just a normal spin class. Well, a normal class that costs as much as a full tank of gas.

In case you think I’m being totally unfair here, let me break it down into 3 categories for you: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good: Don’t get me wrong, I see the appeal of SoulCycle. It’s modern, clean and totally elitist.  It’s also the fitness home of Washington’s most beautiful people, which makes it a place to see and be seen.

On top of the superficial reasons to like SoulCycle, the teacher was incredibly talented. He brought a ton of energy and provided clear instruction over some very loud music. He’s the biggest reason that I’m giving the class three stars instead of one.

The Bad: The studio felt reminiscent of an experience I had in my early twenties in an Eastern European discotheque: sweaty bodies crammed in a room like sardines, the smell of heavy, stale air doing its best to muffle the very loud, pulsating techno music….

The workout definitely got my heart rate up, but I’m pretty sure it was just my anxiety. They offer ear plugs at the front desk, which in hindsight would have been really helpful.

The Ugly: What kind of sadist has 60 bikes in a 400 sq ft space with NO FANS. Actually, I’m lying- there were 4 tiny fans, but you’d never know because they were never switched on.

I was covered in sweat at the end of class and I’m pretty sure only half of it was mine. This is especially gross because I’m sweating in someone else’s rental shoes. It actually makes me want to throw out my socks just thinking about it…..

Rating: crop three star

DANNY: As a 24-year old male who had never attended a spinning class before, I was not disappointed with my first experience at SoulCycle Georgetown. My 7:30 p.m. class was led by a spirited instructor named DJ who encouraged first-time riders to find their form and focus on pace, playing hip-hop songs while the studio was almost pitch black.

Although the class lasted roughly 45 minutes, it took me less than 10 to work up a full sweat considering the crammed space inside the studio and the fact that only four small fans were used to regulate air periodically throughout the workout. The session and shoe rental cost about $34, which is a lot considering I pay $30 a month for my membership at WSC.

Now, was it worth the money? Yes, but after your first session (which covers the shoe rental) it is difficult gauge the value of training at SoulCycle.

The Good: 1. Great atmosphere-openness to both men and women, friendly staff, proactive instructors; 2. It makes you sweat A LOT (which as my 11th grade phys ed coach used say is the point of a good workout); 3. Loud Hip-Hop Music + Lights Off + Bike = Fun, energizing workout.

If it works for Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry, it can work for men everywhere. That being said, it is an expensive workout. But it is also one that with the right amount of practice and dedication can easily tone your body and quickly burn calories.

The Bad: It is pricey at $34 a session for just 45 minutes. Most guys I know could do without the loud music and fancy equipment, and put that money to better use.

But it is not a complete waste of time because there is some method to their madness. Still, finding people in the District who are willing to throw down that much money for a 45-minute workout is unrealistic.

The Ugly: Although I felt great after I left, the actual workout inside the studio was one big, stuffy, sweaty mess. The bikes were crammed together, the doors were closed, and the fans were turned off for a majority of the workout. I have never tried Zengo or Flywheel, but I imagine there more focused on making you sweat through exercise instead of conditioning.

But as someone who’s played team sports his whole life, the sweatiness didn’t bother me as much as it bothered some of the others in the class.

Overall, I give SoulCycle 4 stars out 5. It didn’t live up to all my expectations, but it did teach me something: men shouldn’t feel intimidated to enter a cycling studio. It’s a great and invigorating workout. Was it worth the price? Not to me, but the experience was worth the curiosity, and I definitely recommend everyone try it at least once.

Rating: fourstar

MARIBEL: Spinning is one of my favorite exercises. I have tried Soul Cycle, Fly Wheel, and Zengo. When Soul Cycle first began opening studios in New York City a few years back, I bought a package and was a regular there. Now I typically go to spin classes at Zengo because it’s cheaper and I like the classes better. In my opinion, the instructors are better, classes are harder, and the bikes are more sturdy.

I hadn’t been to a Soul Cycle class in almost a year and I thought I would enjoy it. I took the class with Dominique and Danny. I went into this class excited and with an open mind but I left disappointed. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing me at another Soul Cycle class.

The Good: Spinning is a great form of cardio. Your heart is pumping and your legs burning from all the sprints, hills, and dance moves you do on the bike.  I came out of the class  looking like I had just done laps in a swimming pool, which is typically a good indicator that it was tough workout. The instructor does a good job of motivating you throughout the class by screaming encouraging words through sprints and counting down until you sit back in your seat to get a sip of water. I also like that the room is dark, so you don’t feel self-conscious if you need to take a break or struggle keeping up with the other cyclists. Another plus, is that the studio is well kept and the bikes are clean as well.

The music was also very upbeat, which especially helps during an intense workout class.

The Bad: My biggest complaint is the instructor. I thought he did a poor job of directing the class. The class did not seem to have any flow. He just bounced around from song to song and wasn’t even on his bike, so the cyclists could mirror him. Especially if you are new to Soul Cycle, it would have been especially hard to follow the class.

The previous classes I have done the instructor would mix it up making the class more engaging and time went by quicker.

The Ugly: Another big thing I didn’t like were the bikes. They felt so flimsy and my back hurt a lot after my workout. The bikes at the other studios I go to are in much better condition and sturdier. I also feel like the studios are too crammed. It is obvious that the set up of the room is aimed at trying to fit as many spin bikes as possible. I felt crammed in the room as you can have someone next to you in a four directions.

I hope my review doesn’t completely deter you from trying a class out. I think spinning is a great exercise and everyone should try it at least once. There are so many spin studios in D.C. I recommend going to one because the classes are usually free!

Rating: twostar

4 D.C. Gyms That Let You Try Before You Buy

BY MARSALIE MACKENZIE

At On the Glow, we remember a time when free trials and guest passes were considered standard fare at most gyms. You’d have the opportunity to check out the facilities, take a few classes, go on a tour, and then – if you were really interested – sit down with a sales manager and talk membership options.

However, our experience with organized fitness in D.C. has made us realize two things:

  1. A large population and a relatively small number of gyms means that the days of free passes are over; and,
  2. Most gyms not only charge full price for your first session, but they also pressure clients to purchase 6-12 month memberships by charging exorbitant drop-in fees.

To alleviate some of the pressure, and to help you make the most educated decision about where to get your sweat on, we’ve scoured the city to bring you the best free trials in Washington. Whether you’re looking to lift, stretch or spin your way to fitness, these 4 gyms are all about getting you to try before you buy!

1. CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga wants to be a place to call your fitness Om, which means making sure that prospective yogis receive unrestricted free access to the variety of classes and schedules available at their 3 downtown area locations. In fact, they’re so serious about your business that they offer a no-obligation week-long membership for anyone new to the studio.

The Low Down: CorePower Yoga is the Starbucks of yoga studios: consistent, convenient and cheap. While it might feel like you’re selling out to big-box yoga, one benefit of a chain is that you’re virtually guaranteed the same quality of instruction at each location (which is more than we can say for some other studios in the city).

With prime locations like CityCentre, Dupont Circle and Georgetown, CorePower makes it easy to squeeze in a yoga sesh during the workday. Out of town on business? No problem! CorePower membership gives you full access to classes at each of their 150 locations across the U.S.

2. Crossfit

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While Crossfit boxes are notorious for their community-driven programming, no two are exactly the same. That’s why most Crossfit gyms offer free introductory classes to help prospective members find the right fit.

Some of our favourite boxes in the city include: District Crossfit, Crossfit DC (multiple locations) and Crossfit Balance (multiple locations). These boxes are not only beginner friendly, but offer alternative programming to suit a multitude of needs, including fat loss and flexibility.

The Low Down: Crossfit is technically challenging and the coaches at each box undergo rigorous training to attain their certification. As a result, the cost of monthly memberships is easily double what you would pay at a Globo Gym. That said, the one-on-one instruction during a 60 minute workout is the closest thing you’ll get to personal training for $25 an hour. Our advice? Pay the money up front and learn to lift properly – your body will thank you later. 

3. Zengo DC 

Zengo cycle has a unique membership model: instead of a monthly fee, they ask clients to buy credits to put towards classes. With so many cycling studios in the city charging upwards of $150 a month for unlimited classes, this program allows clients to pay for only what they use.

Since the demand for efficient cardio workouts is at an all time high, it’s little wonder that most cycling studios forgo free trials in lieu of a slightly reduced rate on your first drop-in session; however, Zengo cycle bucks this trend by offering would-be spin enthusiasts an opportunity to try out their signature 50 minute class free of charge.

The Low Down: Zengo cycle has 5 studios in the DMV, but only two are located downtown (North west, specifically). It’s definitely more of a local spin studio than a convenient stop on your commute home – but that doesn’t seem to deter people from flocking to their morning and evening classes.

The studio is busy and high energy, and people rave about the 50 minute full-body workout. Just remember to bring $3 for shoe rental if you don’t sport clip-in cycling shoes regularly. 

4. Vida Fitness

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Vida fitness prides itself on being a Globo Gym with an old school health club feel. With amenities like rooftop pools, spas and juice bars at their new U Street and Yards locations, Vida easily ranks top of the big-box fitness franchise market.

With so much competition from boutique fitness clubs, Vida wants prospective members to see for themselves the benefits of belonging to a traditional gym. Stop by in person, or fill out an inquiry online, and a Vida representative will contact you the next day to schedule a free trial.

The Low Down: Yes, the membership coordinators can be a little pushy, but what do you expect when you’re dealing directly with a sales team? Plus, they’re generally pretty accommodating if you’re looking to try a few specific classes.

All in all, Vida offers a wide variety of classes at 6 prime locations downtown. If the reasonable membership rates and modern facilities don’t convince you to give this gym a try, we’re sure the Penthouse pool will.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for Fitness Lovers

BY DOMINIQUE YOUNGBLOOD

Here it is – the best fitness events coming to the DMV this summer! This is a great way to get out and be active in this beautiful sun. These events are all cheap, and sometimes even free. Grab a friend, grab a partner and get those bodies right.

  1. Here’s a free event for the ladies! Go ahead and get your cute tanks and spanks out for the Women’s Health and Fitness Expo. This is not only an opportunity to learn new exercises, but also a great networking opportunity. The expo will be filled with health screenings, nutrition workshops, demos, shopping, personal trainers, and a lot more. Of course, this is not an event we can show up to in our pumps, but we can still make a statement. I am always looking for new fun classes to take. Meet me there! Free registry here!
  2. There’s no event that’s more powerful or inspiring for just five bucks than the “Nurture your W.E.A.L.T.H.” Health & Wellness Dance Expo. This event is also for the ladies, and is perfect for getting tips on how to manage and balance your personal life with your fitness life; It IS possible! Ladies, this event is on Mother’s Day Weekend, so this is the perfect idea for an outing with your mom. This is not about intense workouts! For Zumba, Hip Hop, Dancehall, African, Belly Dancing, GoGo and Line Dancing in a fun atmosphere, you can’t beat this event! $5 registry here!
  3. Here is an event for the fitness and music lovers out there! Add some spice and rhythm to your fitness routines. Learn about all dance classes, exercises, and new moves. You can even meet some dance groups and network. Silver Spring Health and Wellness Expo at The Dance Fitness Festival will be a load of fun. There will be raffle drawings for prizes – and this event is totally in our budget at just five bucks a ticket! $5 registry here!
  4. Here’s a free event for the whole family. Bring your kids, friends, parents, grandparents and anyone else you know who’s ever wanted to live a healthier lifestyle! Staying on top of our health is extremely important. We must know our bodies and stay on top of our health care needs. This comes before fitness! Come check out healthcare professionals, practitioners, fitness gurus, and health service providers at The PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY Family, Health, and Home EXPO! Free registration here!
  5. Ladies, here’s a Zumbathon you don’t want to miss! The Positive Sisterhood 6th Annual Zumbathon in Capitol Heights, MD will have health screenings, Zumba Demos, Cardio Fitness Demos, Chair Dancing Demos, Mixxedfit Demos, and personal training info. Of course, there will be great music as well! Come ready to break a sweat! $15 early bird registration here!

Take advantage of these wallet friendly events this summer. Being broke is no excuse not stay on top of your health and stay fit. None of these events require expensive membership or contracts. Plus, this is a great way to network with fitness lovers in our area! Get out and have some fun!