Jan 9 2015

Sticking With Your #VIDAresolution – Mid January Motivation!

VIDA-Yards57200Our #VIDAresolution contest is in full swing! We love the photos and videos we’ve been receiving of VIDA members nailing their workouts. Now that we’re winding up the second week of January let’s keep the momentum going!

The majority of us went back to work this week, and settling back into your routine is the perfect time to make sure your fitness goals are a priority in your schedule. Is there a VIDA Fitness on your way home from work? Pack a change of clothes and hit the gym or take a class before heading home for the evening. Or pay us a visit on your lunch break – our luxurious locker rooms have all the amenities you need to return to work fresh and clean.

New Year’s resolutions can sometimes be short-lived, but we want your #VIDAresolution to last all year! Statistics show that 75% of people who make New Year’s resolutions keep their resolutions through the first week. That’s great! However, by February 1st that number drops significantly. The first few weeks of a resolution, especially if it is a large lifestyle change are the hardest. You may not see results right away and you may feel like the road ahead of you will be too difficult. This is the point where it is critical to keep going! Many people give up after this point only to put the brakes on the positive changes their bodies were starting to make. You’re going to have days where you feel too sick, tired, or sluggish to get to the gym. You’re also going to have cheat meals, everyone does. What’s important is to not beat yourself up over them and instead make the next healthy decision you can. If you miss a workout, just come back the next day! It’s never too late to get back on track with your #VIDAresolution.

It’s important to reward yourself when you do reach your goals. Setting small, attainable milestones for yourself gives you a sense of accomplishment when you reach them and further motivates you to keep pushing towards the next one. After you reach a goal, reward yourself with something that makes you happy, whether that’s a relaxing facial at Aura Spa or treating yourself to a new outfit.

A great way to keep yourself accountable for your workouts is to share them with others! If you don’t have a gym buddy, enlist the help of a friend who will ask you how your workouts went that week, what exercises are working the best for you, or if you’ve tried any new classes that you’ve loved. If you absolutely loved the last RX class you took, tweet about it! (with the #VIDAresolution hashtag of course!) The more people that you share your goals with, the bigger support system you have to keep you focused.

And of course don’t forget to post your #VIDAresolution selfie and let us know how your workout was! Are you starting to feel stronger on the squat rack, or cutting a few seconds off your mile? We want to hear about your progress! Plus, you can win up to a year of free membership by participating. How’s that for motivation to get to the gym?

Jan 7 2015

Reach your #VIDAresolution faster with the January Weight Loss Challenge!

By Elise Chretien

eblastWeightChallengeIf you’re like the majority of us, you probably made a resolution to lose weight in 2015. Or perhaps you’re already an active member of the VIDA Fitness community but looking for that extra push to break your plateau (and help shed off those holiday pounds!)

Our January Weight Loss Challenge is here and ready to help! This six week program begins January 19th and includes two 45 minute small group (4 people max) training sessions a week with one of our certified personal trainers. Each participant also receives a 25 minute one-on-one nutritional consult with our Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Cat Taylor.

The Weight Loss Challenge is open to people of all fitness levels. You can expect a combination of weight training and strength exercises designed to challenge your body and push you to the next level. These workouts are intended to burn the max amount of calories possible in the 45 minute session, so come prepared to give it all you’ve got!

An important feature of the program is the small group setting. Lisa Lipscomb, the VIDA Fitness Regional Director of Personal Training explains that with a small class you’re getting the best of both worlds when it comes to personal training.

“Four people is perfect because you’re getting individual attention from the instructor but you still feel the camaraderie and support of the group participants,” says Lipscomb.
It’s also much easier to hold yourself accountable for showing up to workouts when you know the rest of class is depending on your being there.

“In large classes it’s easy to get lost in the back and feel anonymous,” says Lipscomb. “With this program, your friends will know if you’re not there. It may be easy to cancel on yourself, but it’s a lot harder to cancel on your friends,” she says.

In addition to ensuring that you show up for workouts, training in a group makes it easier to stay focused on your goals and stay motivated when things get difficult. It helps to have people pushing you through that last rep when your body is screaming in protest. Plus, your fellow participants are going through the same fatiguing experience. Knowing that you’re not in it alone makes all the difference in the world!

In your initial nutritional consult with Cat Taylor you will share what your current diet consists of and learn if there are any small changes you can make to improve your diet. Taylor will be available over email for regular check-ins during the six weeks to help keep you on track, and address questions regarding nutrition and balancing calories. If you’d like to pursue additional VIDA nutritional counseling, that option will be made available to you as well.

We all know the two components of successful weight loss are exercise and proper nutrition. Our Weight Loss Challenge delivers the perfect combination of the two in a positive, energetic environment that has been proven to get you the results you want.

“After teaching this class with such a great success, I can honestly say that we’ve changed the way our participants think about their health and exercise,” explains our Regional Group Fitness Director, Alexx Griffin. “The number on the scale is not nearly as important as how they look and feel,” he says.

If you’re serious about dropping pounds in 2015, don’t hesitate to email to pick your sessions day and time and schedule your consult. We can’t wait to see your results!

Jan 6 2015

VIDA Instructor Spotlight: Cayley Byars

cayleybyarsCayley has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Exercise & Sports Science from The University of Georgia and a Masters in Public Health specializing in Physical Activity from The George Washington University. Since 2009, she has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for a diverse group of clients and students. Always looking for new fitness challenges, Cayley plans on embarking on a yoga certification journey in the near future to further tie in the spiritual and mental aspect of physical movement into her fitness routines. Her approach to fitness is very functional and she incorporates a lot of stability and mobilization exercises, helping people improve their quality of life through enhancing their physical state. You can find her teaching Zumba, Cycle, TRX, Pilates Reformer, and other strength training classes on the group fitness schedule!

1. What’s your favorite color?

2. What food can you not live without?
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Combo

3. Last book you read?
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

4. Next big vacation planned?
A snorkeling trip to Bonaire with my sister

5. Which superpower would you like for 24 hours?
The ability to understand and speak any language

6. What vice will you never give up?
Watching Real Housewives 😉

7. What song gets you fired up for class?
Talking Body by Tove Lo

8. When you’re not teaching in the Studio, where can they find you?
Walking my dog on the National Mall.

Jan 4 2015

VIDA Class Spotlight: Vinyasa

vinyasamp2Many times when I go in to a group fitness class at VIDA to do a blog review, it’s for a type of workout I’ve never tried before. I go in with little foresight other than some background information from the VIDA website and that’s about it.

But not this month.

For January’s blog review I was asked to take a vinyasa yoga class, and let’s just say vinyasa and I have a relationship similar to that of star-crossed lovers you see in movies based on Nicholas Sparks’ novels.

Yoga and I are meant to be together, but the timing never seems right. There’s an undeniable connection, yet something always comes along and we fall out of touch again, only to be reunited in the future and feel fate and time’s sting. (Can you tell I’m one for dramatics?)

Anyhow, when I walked in to Chris’ yoga class I was a little fearful, I haven’t taken a yoga class since spring, and that was the only class I had taken in maybe six months prior to that when I was practicing yoga regularly.

I knew my flexibility would be poor and I would potentially feel some frustration in my regression of skill.

Within five minutes of the class starting, that fear melted away. Yes, I was as inflexible as I thought I would be, and no, I could not hold some of the poses for as long or as deep as I once could, but as Chris reminded the class, this isn’t a competition.

vinyasamp1Yoga isn’t a competition against other students in the class, or even yourself. His challenge to us was to know where our limits were and to find that line of where challenge crosses over to uncomfortable, and then lean in to the side of challenge.

Our practice wasn’t about gaining a firmer backside or arms (although I will say if you do take Chris’ class regularly, you will achieve those things as well), it was about letting your mind come to a slow. The main task was to focus on breathing deeply in conjunction with the series of poses, or asanas as they’re referred to in yoga.

By the end of the working part of class, before the last ten minutes of rest, I was pretty physically exhausted. I could feel all my muscles screaming, “This is why you should do yoga every week!!!”

But more so than just my body giving me a loud reminder, my mind was saying, “thank you.”

See, I took this class on December 30, which was the perfect pause I needed to reflect on 2014, This past year had some very trying times along with some very exhilarating times and his class was the perfect opportunity to let it all sink in as well as set my intention for 2015, which is growth.

I want to grow personally, professionally and spiritually, and I believe regular vinyasa will help anyone to grow in all of these areas and beyond. So if there’s anything you resolve to do in 2015 related to your health, let it be to get more in tune with you.

Resolve to work your body and mind in a way that will transport you from the stresses of daily life, learn to invest in yourself with time and resolve to find the tools that will allow you to do those things. And if you need a place to start, I strongly suggest venturing in to vinyasa.

Remember how I said yoga and I had that relationship where the timing never seemed to be right? Well, I think yoga and I have finally hit the mark, and you can bet I’ll be hitting the mat more in 2015.

Jan 2 2015

VIDA Instructor Spotlight: Dan McAnally

danmcanally Dan McAnally is both registered yoga teacher with a 200 hour level certification and a certified Pilates Reformer instructor. Dan’s Yoga and Pilates classes are centered around listening to your body, cultivating positive energy, building heat and muscle, deep breathing, and having fun. Dan attended a yearlong teacher training in Classical Yoga and Yoga Lifestyle at The Yoga Life Institute in Philadelphia, PA, completing his teacher training in 2009. Dan also received his Group Pilates Reformer Training Certificate from Peak Pilates in March 2013. Dan enjoys practicing Yoga, Pilates, and Pilates Reformer because they feel great, they are great total body workouts which give the body low impact and high results, they add variety to your workouts, and they have endless possibilities. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Dan works full time at the National Institutes of Health pushing papers for the man. Dan was also a successful Peace Corps Volunteer and served in Mali, West Africa as a health education volunteer. These days, on his free time, Dan enjoys biking around DC (best place on earth!), drinking herbal tea and sparkling water, listening to mixtapes, and playing UNO for big money.

Q-How would you describe your teaching style?

Positive energy, fun and free, total freedom, more of a tour guide than a teacher

Q-When a member comes to your class for the first time, what can he/she expect from you?

It’s all about feelings and vibes. They can expect to feel a comfortable, relaxed, fun vibe, and also expect to get a good strong well rounded yoga class with a constant flow of poses that build heat and energy. I try to create a relaxed but strong atmosphere free of judgement where people can push themselves hard, or let themselves take it easy, which is very hard to do, and just enjoy their time on the yoga mat.

Q-Why did you decide to become a yoga instructor?

I never decided to become a yoga instructor. From the first time I tried yoga, I just really enjoyed how much fun it was and how yoga made me feel. I just wanted to learn more about it and enjoyed practicing a lot so I went to a teacher training. Through that I was just trying to bust out as many fun yoga sessions as possible and hoped that I could help people feel good and have fun with it. I am just really grateful for all the amazing people I have met because of yoga.

Q-what’s your favorite ‘cheat’ meal

7 eleven

You can find Dan teaching Pilates Mat Tuesdays at 7pm and Candlelight yoga at 8pm on Tuesdays.