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Jan 31 2014

February Group Fitness Programs at Metropole

Please email our Group Program Manager, Colleen Palomaa, at cpalomaa@vidafitness.com if you’d like to join us for any of the programs below.

Foundations of Pilates Reformer – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 10th
Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:00pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 12 Noon

DETAILS: Enjoy a full-body workout with the Pilates Reformer. Improve your overall muscle tone, strength, and posture. Precise movements emphasize abdominal and lower back development to enhance strength, muscular symmetry, alignment, and flexibility. A series of weighted springs adds resistance, while the pulley system provides a gentle, lengthening of muscles.

Tabata Wave – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 11th
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:45am

DETAILS: Learn how to properly use the Concept2 rowing machines in this team-oriented circuit-training class. This class unites the best of many fitness worlds. We’ll work together to row the group to the finish line through high intensity intervals, Tabata-style. Work through circuits comprised of compound movements to condition and strengthen efficiently, then find your cardiovascular edge in anaerobic rowing intervals.

Commit to Be Healthy Challenge – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 12th
Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00pm
Wednesdays at 5:00pm & Sundays at 4:00pm

DETAILS: Join VIDA’s Personal Training team as we take you through a weight loss challenge designed to deliver your beach-ready body. This challenge is available to 2 teams of 6 participants each who will compete over the 6 week period for free VIDA membership dues. The program includes all workouts and a comprehensive nutrition plan with our Registered Dietitian.

Boxing Series – 4 Week Program
WHEN: Mondays & Wednesdays at 8:30pm beginning February 12th

DETAILS: Develop and understand the fundamentals of footwork, head movement, punching, blocking, and evading. All levels are welcome as we’ll provide you with plenty of progressions. You’ll learn how to throw perfect jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and power punches; all during an awesome workout designed to get you fit fast. Training equipment will consist of focus mitts, heavy bag, speed bag, jump rope, and bodyweight exercises.

Self Defense and Combat Conditioning – 4 Week Program
WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:30pm beginning February 18th

DETAILS: Learn the art of Self-Defense training in precise and situational scenarios. Defend yourself and your family on foot and off your back (ground fighting). This class will boost your confidence, eliminate fear, get you in shape, and tone your entire body. Have fun in a group setting, meet new friends, and push yourself to meet new challenges.

VIDA Barre Resolutions Challenge
WHEN: Begins Saturday, February 22nd
Saturdays at 2:30pm
Instructors: VIDA Barre Team
Cost: $180 for members; $240 for nonmembers

DETAILS: VIDA’s Barre Resolutions Challenge is a 6 week program that combines a healthy eating plan with our fun, high-energy barre classes. Meetings will include Pilates and barre work in one boot-camp-style session, promising varied exercises that will sculpt you all over and work up a sweat. In this fast-paced, 90-minute workout, you’ll use resistance bands, weights, yoga mats and, of course, the ballet barre. It’s a great way to get your heart pumping while building core strength and flexibility. Tone, lift, and sculpt your body, all while learning to make healthier choices and understanding portion sizes.

POUND the Alarm: Dance & Sculpt – 1 Day Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, February 8th from 4-5:30pm
Location: VIDA Fitness U Street
Instructors: Jeannie Baumann (Doonya), Sonja Burns (WERQ®), & Tami DeVitis (POUND ROCKOUT WORKOUT)
Cost: $20 for members; $25 for nonmembers

DETAILS: Sneak in a fun-filled aerobic workout peppered with toning moves before you enjoy your Saturday evening plans. This enthusiastic, low-pressure dance party will unite the hip-hop and pop moves of WERQ® with the Indian dance stylings of Doonya and the rhythmic beats from POUND ROCKOUT WORKOUT. Try all three of VIDA’s fresh fitness formats in one high-energy jam session!

Evening Outdoor Boot Camp – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00pm, Saturdays at 9:30am begins February 25th

DETAILS: This outdoor cross-training adventure will work your entire body by going from one exercise to another without rest. Pushups, jumping jacks, and crunches are only the beginning of this powerful caloric burn. Reduce stress, lose fat, tone-up, build confidence, and watch your body transform while developing new friendships.

Foam Rolling & Myofascial Release – 1 Day Workshop
WHEN: Beginning February 16th
Sunday, February 16th from 5:00 to 6:30pm Wednesday, February 19th from 9:00pm to 10:30pm Saturday, February 22nd from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

DETAILS: Have you ever wondered what people are doing rolling back and forth on those foam apparatuses in the stretching area of the gym? Or maybe you’ve worked with a foam roller before, but you’re just not quite sure you’re doing it right. If your current fitness routine doesn’t include regular myofascial release, come to this workshop to learn the benefits, techniques, and tips for proper foam rolling to prevent and rehabilitate injuries.

Taste of Tour de France Ride – 1 Day Workshop
WHEN: Saturday, February 22nd from 7:45am to 9:15am

DETAILS: In this experiential cycling class, you’ll simulate riding a stretch of the actual Tour de France. Equipped with a projector, your instructor will guide you through the terrain and help you understand what various stretches of the course feel like on the bike. Start the weekend right with this heart-pumping taste of the Tour de France.

TRX – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 19th
Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00am
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:15am or 8:00pm Tuesdays at 6:00am and Saturdays at 8:00am Sundays at 3:15pm

DETAILS: Achieve your maximum potential using a variety of functional equipment in combination with the TRX straps. TRX training not only burns calories, it increases the RATE at which your body burns calories. We provide a fast-paced circuit of compound and functional exercises targeting all major muscle groups. Our goal is to improve your overall strength, balance, core, and cardiovascular fitness.

Jan 30 2014

February Group Fitness Programs at City Vista

Please email our Group Program Manager, Eric Schwarz, at eschwarz@vidafitness.com if you’d like to join us for any of the programs below.

Single & Fabulous Indoor Cycle Ride – Valentine’s Day
WHEN: Friday, February 14th at 6:00pm

DETAILS: Celebrate Anna Shaw Howard Day (aka February 14th) in fitness and style for this hour long indoor cycle ride. Work out to empowering songs like Single Ladies (Beyonce) and Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) to celebrate the fact that you don’t need no man to be happy or fulfilled. Participants can sweat it out at either an hour-long indoor cycle ride or in the group fitness studio with a similarly themed VIDA Body class. Finish up the evening with complimentary snacks, champagne, and a screening of Kill Bill Vol. 1.

TRX – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 25th
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm

DETAILS: Achieve your maximum potential using a variety of functional equipment in combination with the TRX straps. TRX training not only burns calories, it increases the RATE at which your body burns calories. We provide a fast-paced circuit of compound and functional exercises targeting all major muscle groups. Our goal is to improve your overall strength, balance, core, and cardiovascular fitness.

Foundations of Pilates Reformer – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning February 25th
Tuesdays at 6:00pm
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
Saturdays at 8:00am
Sundays at 3:00pm

DETAILS: Enjoy a full-body workout with the Pilates Reformer. Improve your overall muscle tone, strength, and posture. Precise movements emphasize abdominal and lower back development to enhance strength, muscular symmetry, alignment, and flexibility. A series of weighted springs adds resistance, while the pulley system provides a gentle, lengthening of muscles.

Indoor Boot Camp – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:00am beginning March 3rd

DETAILS: This indoor cross-training adventure will work your entire body by going from one exercise to another without rest. Pushups, jumping jacks, and crunches are only the beginning of this powerful caloric burn. Reduce stress, lose fat, tone-up, and build confidence with your new Boot Camp buddies.

Jan 28 2014

VIDA Fitness partners with Thrive DC

VIDAfitness-partners-with-thriveDCVIDA Fitness is proud to partner with Thrive DC to donate our slightly used shower towels to the homeless. Thrive DC is a small, local social services provider organization that primarily serves the homeless and impoverished here in Washington, DC.  For many years one of the critical services they have provided has been access to hot showers.  Many of the 250-300 community members they see daily utilize this service at their site in Columbia Heights.  Pictured here are Chris Nance, Community Relations Coordinator for Thrive DC, and James Kameen, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for VIDA Fitness. To find out about volunteer opportunities contact them at http://www.thrivedc.org/

Jan 27 2014

Voice of America TV’s interview with VIDA personal trainer Sarah Samad Sykes

New year resolutions are not just an American tradition, but a global phenomenon. Recently, VIDA Fitness at Verizon Center received a visit from Voice of America TV’s program “Zindagi 360” — a Pakistani lifestyle show that airs in many countries worldwide, including the Washington, DC region. The 30-minute episode (spoken in Urdu) focuses on healthy living, working out and losing weight with an interview from VIDA personal trainer Sarah Samad Sykes. Check out the video here:

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Jan 27 2014

3-Day Weekend Yoga Workshop at VIDA U Street by Josie Schweitzer

963DE5B9-1372-14F1-C5FC2243BF47ABB4VIDA Fitness is proud to announce that visiting Yoga Instructor and owner of Thank Yoga Studio, Josie Schweitzer, will be hosting a 3-Day Weekend Yoga Workshop at VIDA U Street from Friday, March 28th to Sunday, March 30th.

The cost is just $99.  Register online at www.vidafitness.com/yoga before February 14th and save an extra $20 ($79 advance registration).

We’ve provided the pertinent details below, but please feel free to respond to this post if you have any additional questions.

Session 1 (Friday, March 28th)

  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm:  Workshop check-in & introduction
  • 6:30pm to 8:00pm:  “Redefine Gravity” Arm Balances class

Your first challenge is just believing that these poses are possible.  This session will help you get out of your head, and prepare the body to hold arm balances in a safe and effective way.  We have a choice to live our lives, or to fully come alive.  It’s easy to try to rush from point A to point Z without truly experiencing anything along the way.  We need to stop rushing and start experiencing while enjoying the ride.  We will break down these poses from A to B to C to make them accessible in a playful way.

Session 2 (Saturday, March 29th)

  • 11:00am to 12:30pm: Member Requests class

This session will be developed solely based on member requests that we receive at the time you register for the workshop.  Sign-up early and provide plenty of input on what you’d like us to feature during this 90-minute class.

Session 3 (Saturday, March 29th)

  • 4:30pm to 6:00pm:  “Gotta get up to get down” Inversions class

This session will get you upside down and looking at life from an entirely new perspective.  We all have fears, and my motto is to face them, instead of run away from them.  It is the only way to excel in life.  If we constantly went in the other direction from our fear, we would never develop our full potential.  Learn the basics of how to get upside down mindfully, and incorporate handstands/headstands into your daily practice.  We’ll get you flying on and off of your mat.

Session 4 (Sunday, March 30th)

  •  9:00am to 11:00am:  “The art of sequencing” for new & aspiring yoga instructors

Learn how to develop safe and effective yoga sequences to create your own yoga practice or begin the path towards becoming a yoga instructor.

We’ll teach you:

  • Why we begin and end with certain poses
  • When to hold poses
  • Where to incorporate standing poses
  • How to be creative, and go with the flow
  • When it’s ok to improvise, and feed off of the energy of the class

Added Value & Freebies

  • All participants will receive a FREE VIDA t-shirt of their choice
  • 25% discount on all purchases at the Fuel Bar & Gear Shop during the workshop

Jan 25 2014

VIDA Fitness Trainers Demonstrate Proper Chin Up Technique

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Jan 18 2014

PARKING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIDA U STREET MEMBERS!

Spaces are available at a discounted rate at 14th & U Streets, weekdays from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. and all day on weekends! Please see VIDA staff member for more information.

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Jan 17 2014

VIDA Fitness Trainers Demonstrate Proper Bench Press Technique

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Jan 17 2014

VIDA Fitness Personal Trainer Profile: Kevin Ford

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VIDA Personal Trainer: Kevin Ford


Kevin Ford: VIDA Fitness Verizon

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m from Pennsylvania and settled in DC after completing my undergraduate degree at The University of Maryland. I swam competitively throughout high school and college and love using the endless pools along with strength training regiment.

What made you become a Personal Trainer?

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for fitness with others to help them achieve their own individual goals

Favorite Exercise Tip?

If variety is the spice of life, apply that to the gym. Change your routine every couple of months to avoid plateaus.
Nutritional Tip- increase your energy by trying to eat natural foods rather than processed or synthetic.

Tell us about one of your success stories.

Training Molly to conquer the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. We kicked up the cardio by climbing stairs both indoors and outdoors and used hypoxic training in the pool to help build up red blood cells. That enabled Molly to prepare the best she could for an exhausting climb up the tallest mountain in Africa!

Jan 16 2014

Why You Should Actually Embrace All The New “Resolutioners”

By Erik Strouse, MS
Vida Fitness Trainer

Well, as January comes to a close, VIDA Members, we might find that some people start to fall off the “Resolution Bandwagon”. Equipment and space that was incredibly crowded will start to free up again; the volume of the noise in the club will lower; less people will ultimately be working out. Many of you will be thrilled because you can start working at your own transformation again! What if I told you that the idea of having these Resoutioners in your space is directly affecting your overall sense of wellbeing? You’d be surprised at how your wellness levels decline because you want these people gone.

As I wrote in my last post, New Year’s Resolutions often fail because expectations are set too high from the start. If you are unsure of how to set expectations and goals, find the post on the VIDA Fitness Blog, and take the time to learn how to break down a safe and healthy process destined for success. Resolutions are also set because people are enthusiastic about trying to reinvent themselves, or to really try to invest into their longevity and future health.
It should be a time of year where we open our arms and welcome them. Instead of making the environment a positive, welcoming one that keeps the person wanting to keep at it, the fitness culture that already consistently works out shuns them. They criticize and critique their form. I hear frequently with sincere sarcasm that “Oh it’s that time of year for resolutions, then people drop off,” or “Man, I can’t wait for these Resolutioners to be done already,” or “That person is working out? Maybe they should try more than just in January.” Overall, the environment becomes insanely toxic.

I teach at The George Washington University; my class is about how to be healthy and fit across the lifespan. One of the things I try to get through to my students is the idea of “Wellness”. This term is rather vague, and many people often misunderstand it. So what is it? The literal definition is “the state or condition of being in optimal physical and mental health”. There are six dimensions to wellness, which are Physical, Interpersonal, Intellectual, Emotional, Environmental, and Spiritual. All six dimensions play off of one another to contribute to that optimal wellness state. In other words, if one of these areas is off, you may feel sad, angry, depressed, fatigued, etc. making it difficult for you to feel your best.

So how does this all play together? Am I yelling at those that critique Resolutioners? No. I want to shed some light on how this idea of disgust directly impacts the wellness of each and every one one of us. Hypothetically, lets say that you are the person judging and critiquing. By critiquing and criticizing those that are starting new and trying to improve their quality of lives, you are first creating negativity for them. You are literally lowering all of their six dimensions of wellness at the same time by making them feel even more uncomfortable than they already are going into the gym. Second, you are detracting from your own wellness in the following ways. By automatically pinpointing the Resolutioner as a problem, you are lowering your environmental wellness. By lacking compassion and caring for their success, you are lowering your spiritual wellness. By shunning another human being, you are negatively affecting your interpersonal wellness. Instead of teaching them the right techniques, which is a lot harder than you think, you are lowering your intellectual wellness. Last, your own emotional wellness is being sabotaged by your idea that these people are a nuisance. The only thing left more-or-less untouched is physical wellness, because you are regularly working out… Or is that actually not true? Maybe all of this negativity will somehow effect your cardiovascular health long term.

To wrap it up, instead of judging the Resolutioner, we should all embrace them. When you see them struggling on an exercise or piece of equipment, help them figure it out. Compliment them on their efforts and make a new friend. Make their environment, and more importantly your environment, a more positive, accepting place. Make the difficult task of transforming your body an experience that is memorable for the Resolutioner, and keep them coming back. I bet if all of those people that had a negative view of the Resolutioner did these things, they’d love this time of year, and find that they feel better not only physically, but mentally.

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