May 30 2014

U Street June Group Fitness Programs

Please email our Group Program Manager, Alexx Zamudio, at if you’d like to join us for any of the programs below.

Summer Weight Loss Challenge – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning June 9th
Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Tuesdays at 6:30pm & Saturdays at 12 Noon

DETAILS: Dig your heels in and achieve your fitness goals for 2014 with VIDA’s Weight Loss Challenge. This integrative program includes elements of fitness, nutrition, and psychology to ensure that you have all the tools for success. Each team works cohesively in a group setting to shed the highest percentage of body fat.

Outdoor Boot Camp – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning June 9th
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6:30am Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:45am, Saturdays at 8:30am

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, and build confidence with your new Boot Camp buddies.

TRX – 6 Week Program
WHEN: Beginning June 16th
Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00am, 1:00pm, 6:30pm, or 7:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30am or 7:00pm Wednesdays & Fridays at 6:30am Wednesdays at 5:30pm & Sundays at 10:30am Saturdays at 9:30am

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.

May 28 2014

Help Fight the Fitness Tax

The fitness tax is back. Under a budget proposal forged by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) that will get an initial council vote today Wednesday, health clubs would be among the businesses now required to start collecting sales tax starting Jan. 1, 2015. The proposal was made public Tuesday night, giving council members and the public less than 18 hours to digest the proposal before an initial vote. Under this proposal VIDA Members will start paying a 5.75 percent sales tax on her class starting Jan. 1.

This will likely result in an increased cost in fitness-related services across the board.

If you’d like to voice your concerns to the Council Members, we’ve provided contact information below.

Chairmen Phil Mendelson:
(202) 724-8032

Jack Evans:
(202) 724-8058

David Cantania
(202) 724-7772

Kenyan McDuffie:
(202) 724-8028

Anita Bonds:
(202) 724-8064

Jim Graham:
(202) 724-8181

Mary Cheh:
(202) 724-8062

Muriel Bowser:
(202) 724-8052

David Grosso:
(202) 724-8105

Tommy Wells:
(202) 724-8072

Yvette Alexander:
(202) 724-8068

Marion Barry:
(202) 724-8045

Vincent Orange
(202) 724-8174

May 27 2014


posterSundeckLearn to love the burn! VIDA Fitness is making its Penthouse Pool Club a summer destination for everyone. Starting June 14, splash into the season with three original rooftop classes both offered on the Sundeck and in the Penthouse pool at VIDA Fitness’ U Street location at 1612 U Street, NW.

VIDA will kick each weekend into gear with Summer Sunrise, Skyline Ride or VIDA Splash every Saturday. These workout classes are available for both VIDA Fitness members and nonmembers with space limited to the first 30 participants per class. The Summer Sundeck & Pool

Classes include:

Summer Sunrise (60 minutes)

Start the morning energizing sun salutations and backbends. The class will cultivate heat from within and prepare you for the day ahead with a limber body and an open heart. Cost is $125 for all five classes or $30 for a single drop in rate.

Dates and times for Summer Sunrise are:

June 21 – 7:45 a.m.
July 19 – 7:45 a.m.
August 16 – 7:45 a.m.
September 13 – 7:45 a.m.
October 11 – 7:45 a.m.

Skyline Ride (60 minutes)

The intense interval-based spin class on the Sundeck will focus on muscular strength, power and endurance while enjoying the rhythmic ride. Cost is $125 for all five classes or $30 for a single drop in rate.

Dates and times for Skyline Ride are:

July 5 – 6:00 p.m.
August 2 – 6:00 p.m.
August 30 – 6:00 p.m.
September 27 – 6:00 p.m.
October 25 – 6:00 p.m.

VIDA Splash “Just Add Water and Shake” (60 minutes)

Splash into shape with an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise known as the Zumba Pool Party. This class gives new meaning to the idea of a refreshing workout, which integrates the Zumba philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness disciplines blending cardio-conditioning, and body toning. Cost is $250 for all 10 class or $30 for a single drop in rate.

Dates and times for VIDA Splash are:

June 14 – 8:00 a.m.
June 28 – 8:00 a.m.
July 12 – 8:00 a.m.
July 26 – 8:00 a.m.
August 9 – 8:00 a.m.
August 23 – 8:00 a.m.
September 6 – 8:00 a.m.
September 20 – 8:00 a.m.
October 4 – 8:00 a.m.
October 18 – 8:00 a.m.

May 20 2014

The Scoop on Post-workout Protein Supplements

By Danielle Michels
VIDA Fitness Blogger

protein scoopsThe options of post-workout protein supplements are endless, which can leave you feeling misguided on the best fit with your workout routine. Typically misguided information leads to not taking the protein that would be best for you, or not taking anything at all.
Don’t fret, we’re here to give you the scoop on all things protein: the main varieties as well as their benefits and purposes so you can get the most out of your workouts and the recovery process.


Even if your knowledge of protein is vague, this is most likely the one you’ve heard of. It’s relatively easy on the wallet, and is a good option for people wanting a little boost in the recovery process.

Essentially, whey is the watery portion of milk and comprises about 20 percent of milk’s proteins while casein comprises the other 80 percent (more on that in a minute). It’s a complete amino acid source with high levels of most essential amino acids, i.e. the proteins that the body cannot make on its own, and it absorbs quickly.

Clinical research shows that whey protein used in conjunction with strength training can increase lean body mass and muscle size (no worries, not to hulk-like proportions), however whey can be harder to digest for anyone with a dairy sensitivity. Whey protein mixed with water or coconut water is the most common way to take this supplement, but mixing whey protein in to a shake or smoothie is a bit of a tastier option. Keep in mind that the latter will have you consuming more calories; so just make sure the other additives are good for post-workout recovery.


Casein is the only other dairy protein and its properties are vastly different from whey, however its effects in terms of post-workout recovery are similar. Slow to absorb, casein typically gives your bloodstream a slow and steady flow of amino acids for 5 to 7 hours making it a good option for consuming in the evening.

Also, due to its slow absorbing nature, casein tends to be more gel-like, which is awesome if you like a supplement with a little more substance, but terrifying if texture freaks you out. Beyond it’s ability to be used in all those protein baked goods recipes you see on Pinterest, casein is higher in calcium, but will give you the same benefits as whey.


Before an image of a body builder cracking open a dozen eggs in to a blender and then taking a college-party like chug, let’s rewind. Egg protein is in powder form, and is completely safe to consume since there is a heat treatment process before the whites are dehydrated to make the powder.

Now that you know you won’t be getting salmonella, egg protein, or egg albumin, has a great amino acid profile making it an ideal way to add more protein to your diet, especially if you’re vegetarian or keep meat consumption low. While not a heavyweight in the protein world, egg albumin does assist in the building of lean muscle mass.


Don’t think we forgot our vegans out there, while egg and soy proteins are both great for vegetarians, soy protein is more ideal for those of the vegan variety. Also, it’s pretty inexpensive.

Soy protein’s benefits include being a good option both pre and post workout and aids in recovery with the help of glutamine and BCAA (branch chain amino acids). However, soy protein does contain other bioactive, for example estrogen-like properties, which may make some steer clear.

While these categories of protein cover a few of the main bases, this is just scratching the surface. More than anything, there is no right or wrong protein to go with, healthy bodies are made through consuming the right amount of protein through whole food sources and supplementing as needed.

For most people completing 3 to 5 hard workouts per week, supplemental proteins can be extremely beneficial, but as with any change in your diet or exercises routines please consult a professional.

Still need more information or have questions? Our registered dietician, Cat, is here to help!

May 19 2014

The Secret Way to Save on Health and Fitness

There’s one opportunity you may not be taking advantage of – and it could help you save money and lose weight at the same time.

It’s no secret that America has an obesity problem, but the U.S. is also one of the busiest nations in the world. Health is low on the priority list for many, and feeling too busy is one of the most common reasons people give for not working out, but it doesn’t have to be. Increasingly, employers are offering workplace wellness programs focused on fitness and obesity-reducing initiatives that can save employees time and money. Read the whole story on the US News and World Report Health Blog.

Corporate Wellness can pay dividends to organizations for many years with things like improved health, lower health care costs and fewer sick days to name a few. VIDA Fitness offers Corporate Wellness Programs. You can find out more about VIDA’s Corporate Wellness Programs by visiting our website.