by LESLIE QUANDER WOOLDRIDGE| January 13, 2014 |
As resolutions come and go every year, we decided to find ways to stick to at least one, getting fit, throughout 2014. How do you start a new exercise program and stay motivated into spring, summer, and fall? “Shake it up. In my opinion the best way to start a new fitness routine is to try something new,” says Graham King, an NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of Roam Fitness. Then, “Get into class! Classes are a great way to start because they’re social, they have a set start and end time, and they can be a lot of fun! Plus, you can ask the other participants about what else they’re doing,” he explains.
But don’t just look at the people around you—move. “Try any and every workout program you can,” says John Casto, an NASM- and CrossFit-certified personal trainer who owns Action Fitness in Fairfax, Virginia. “The best way to decide if something is for you is by doing it firsthand.”
We liked the advice and started thinking about fun classes in our area. If you’re ready to get fit, check out these options, and your New Year's resolution will become more than just that.
Zengo classes combine cardio, core, and weight training into one 50-minute workout.
Cycling classes are popular in both DC and its suburbs, and for good reason. “Spinning is a phenomenal workout, especially with the way they’ve adjusted the programs over the past few years. The science behind effective cardio and fat loss is now reaching all forms of exercise with more interval training than ever, which is something spin classes have been doing for years,” says Casto. But be careful not to overdo things. “Spinning is a great conditioning tool to burn calories, have a fun workout, and walk away feeling spent,” says King. “In my opinion spinning is great once per week activity, but could lead to overuse issues if done to excess.”
Try Zengo Cycle, a new indoor cycling studio in Logan Circle. The sleek spot offers dynamic cardio, strength training, and core development set to powerful music (and featuring the use of free weights)—in less than an hour. 1508 14th St. NW, 202-588-1600
Hannah Allerdice, founder of the H Street Yoga District studio, teaches classes at Yoga District regularly.
DC is a workaholic city, and yoga is a great way to counter-balance the 60-hour work weeks,” says King. “My workouts typically begin with dynamic yoga poses to open up the tight spots.”
Casto advises to do some additional training on the side. “Yoga is great!” he says. “It’s very supplemental and complementary to full body fitness and strength training. It can’t, however, replace it. Yoga will improve your range of motion, which leads to greater benefits in strength training (which results in a faster metabolism).”
Try Yoga District, which offers community-run yoga centers that follow eco-friendly practices. Various locations, 202-265-YOGA (9642)
The Bar Method helps to reshape the body and elongate muscles.
This workout includes a warm-up, free-weight exercises and push-ups, and leg and abdominal work at the bar. It can help you carve out muscles, sculpt your body, improve posture, and even increase your energy. But both trainers suggest that, if weight loss is your goal, eating habits are still very important.“Barre classes are beneficial if you are disciplined in your diet,” says Casto. Adds King, "Remember the first two rules of losing weight: Rule #1: Diet. Rule #2: See Rule #1.”
Try The Bar Method Bethesda. You’ll find classes for beginners and advanced students, including early morning sessions. Bonus: The studio holds date nights and special form workshops so you can mingle inside and outside the studio. 7710 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Maryland, 301-652-1200