Mar 9 2015

Personal Training Testimony: VIDA Member Maggie Feldman-Piltch

Maggie Feldman-PiltchFinding the right trainer is one of the most important aspects of a one-on-one fitness program. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person so he/she should be someone you like, trust and feel comfortable with. Here at VIDA, we try to get an in-depth idea of our new members’ goals, athletic background, lifestyle and level of experience in order to match them with a trainer ideal for their needs.

We definitely got it right for U Street member Maggie Feldman-Piltch when she joined VIDA in June and started working out with personal trainer Maria Bokulich. Maggie, a lifelong athlete and college cheerleader, knew she wanted to train with someone who also had an athletic background and would push her hard in every session. She clicked with Maria immediately and now trains with her five times a week!

“It’s nice that I found a trainer I get along with so well. It makes a huge difference when you’re working out with someone you know and trust. I love that I can text or email her whenever I have questions about anything. I’ve worked out with other trainers before where I didn’t have that and it was much less effective,” says Maggie.

Maggie has weekly weigh-ins and measurements with Maria, and has lost a total of 16 inches since starting at VIDA in June. She credits her fantastic progress thus far to her and Maria’s similar athletic backgrounds and Maria’s functional knowledge of workouts that work best for her body.

“I have the shortest attention span ever and she works around that. She constantly has me doing new things so I don’t get bored, but there’s enough consistency that I can still see progress,” she says.

While personal trainers do not give specific meal plans to clients, Maggie says that the healthy eating advice she’s received from Maria has also made a big difference in her overall health.

“Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, especially for me since I’m allergic to gluten and soy and really picky. She’s helped me find small changes to make in my diet and helped me understand when and how much to eat of different foods,” says Maggie. “It’s really made a huge difference.”

Maggie is all smiles when she tells me about how great she feels after eight months of working out at VIDA. She explains that her clothes fit better, she feels stronger and more comfortable in her body, and has made VIDA an integral part of her life in DC.

“I love the community-based feel of it. I’ve been to other gyms where you don’t really know anyone but this is so different. I have a whole family here,” she says.

It goes without saying that Maggie plans to continue being an active member of the VIDA community, and we are so happy to have her!

“I thought about moving a couple months ago, but couldn’t do it because I can’t leave Maria. And if she ever moves then I’m following her,” she jokes.

Maggie’s testimony is a great example of how beneficial working out one on one with a personal trainer can be. When signing up for a personal training package, be sure to explain in full exactly what you’re looking for and trying to accomplish so that we can find the best match possible for you too!


Mar 5 2015

Healthy Eating Made Simple with Tasty Meals from Power Supply DC

Power Supply

Power Supply Meals

Eating healthy is important, but not always the most convenient when juggling a demanding job, long commute times and a packed social calendar. After getting home from a stressful day of work, running errands and waiting on the metro, the last thing most of us feel like doing is spending an extra 30-45 minutes cooking a well balanced, healthy meal for ourselves. Meal prep is a good way to prepare for these situations, but even that requires a good chunk of your Sunday night being taken up by grocery shopping, cooking, and organizing meals for an entire week.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could have pre-made (but not frozen & processed,) healthy meals waiting for you at home or work that required no more effort than 90 seconds in the microwave to prepare? Let us introduce you to the solution to your problems: Power Supply DC!

Power Supply is essentially the city-dwelling, healthy food lover’s dream. They connect local, DC chefs with healthy-minded people who don’t have the time to prepare their own meals but still want to eat healthy. The chefs used by Power Supply are required to meet certain standards including using local produce when possible, antibiotic and hormone free meat, and organic ingredients when possible while always emphasizing quality and taste.

Users can log onto the Power Supply website and browse all the meals offered and decide which ones they’d like to try that week. The meals fall into three main categories (though you’re totally welcome to mix and match, if you’d like): Paleo (mostly protein veggies and healthy fats with minimal carbs,) Vegetarian (veggies, eggs, nuts, seeds, still a high protein content with minimal soy,) and Mixitarian (a meat & veggie combo with easy to digest complex carbs such as quinoa and brown rice.) All Power Supply meals are gluten and dairy free, use natural oils, and can be customized for certain food preferences (low sugar, no fruit, etc.)

So how do these yummy meals relate to your workout routine at VIDA? Power Supply currently has meal pick-up refrigerators in the lobbies at Verizon and Metropole, with more coming soon to other VIDA locations. Once you pick your meals online you’ll select your pick-up location and your meals will be delivered every Monday and Thursday, depending on how many you order per week. Payment is made online so no transaction is required with the front desk upon pick-up. Simply grab them out of the fridge after your workout and you’re good to go!

The benefits of using Power Supply’s meal delivery service are immeasurable. From the words of our own Registered Dietitian Cat Taylor (a regular Power Supply customer,) having these meals handy can help individuals stick to regulated, healthy eating patterns that they may not be able to on their own.

“So many of my clients would eat healthfully if they had someone cooking for them. Power Supply is the next best thing!” says Cat.

Not only are the meals packaged in just the right portion sizes for a balanced lunch or dinner, but you can use your individual meal code on the front of the packaging to look up a full list of micro and macro nutrients for your meal on the Power Supply website. You’ll know exactly how many grams of protein, fat and carbs you’re putting in your body without the danger of over-eating.

“Portion control is one of the biggest challenges I see in my clientele. You can end up eating what was supposed to be six days of food in three days and not even realizing it. Portioned and packaged meals cut down on this problem,” says Cat.

Since Power Supply meals are fresh and never frozen, they’re meant to be eaten in about four days. They offer three different sizes to choose from that range from 250-850 calories per meal, depending on what your activity level and caloric needs are.

Being able to grab your meals ready-to-eat on your way out of the gym simplifies healthy eating ten-fold. Can’t find a pick-up location that works for you? Sign up for home delivery for an additional premium and have your meals for the week delivered right to your door!

Unlike the processed, frozen meals you’ll find in the grocery store’s freezer, Power Supply meals are actually delicious. There’s so much variety on the menu that you’ll never get bored eating the same thing over and over again. Visit to start browsing and trying new yummy foods this week!

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Power Supply Meal

Mar 3 2015

Rockout with Pound Rockout at VIDA Verizon!

Calling all Zumba and music-based cardio fans: we’ve got a new class at Verizon you’re going to love! Pound Rockout is a musically-driven jam session that combines light resistance with constant simulated drumming for a total body cardio workout.

That’s right; it’s the class where you’re using Ripstix – lightweight, neon green, plastic drumsticks to rock out to your favorite chart topping music while performing moves that strengthen your core and torch calories.

The 45 minute class is broken up into sections including a warm-up, seated ab work, targeted quad/hamstring exercises, glute work and a cool down, all performed while continuously drumming the Ripstix on the ground to the beat of the loud, invigorating music being blasted through the studio.

The core and glute work consists of Pilates-based movements, only made more challenging by having to keep your arms drumming while focusing on holding an isometric movement and keeping your core engaged. The standing portion requires constant torso twisting to bang your sticks on the ground while squatting, jumping, and doing other plyometric moves that get your heart pumping and body sweating.

Definitely not the class for a calming wind-down after work; this is instead an awesome way to relieve stress, get out aggression and totally immerse yourself in the music for a workout that’s so much fun you won’t even realize you’re burning between 400-900 calories per hour. You’ll realize it after the cool down, though, when you’re drenched in sweat and feel like you just left a rock concert.

Pound-certified instructor and Verizon Group Fitness Manager Tami DeVitis says she immediately fell in love with the class two and half years ago because of its musically-driven nature.

“I love anything music based and got into Pound because it was a new and exciting way to get my cardio in. It’s kind of like Zumba in that sense, but a better option for those who aren’t really into Zumba,” she says.

Pound is definitely easier to follow than Zumba – the movements are uncomplicated and easy to jump right into without feeling like you’re lost in the choreography. Each move matches a beat, and the sound of the sticks snapping against the ground provides a clear rhythm and speed for your body to synchronize with. You can expect all types of music in Pound – rap, dubstep, pop and old school included – that are handpicked by music and drumming enthusiasts to be powerful and energizing.

Another great thing about Pound is that you can tailor the workout to meet your own fitness needs by drumming harder and faster and increasing your range of motion on exercises. Pound Rockout is for everyone, especially those seeking a more fun alternative to the treadmill or elliptical for their cardio.

Pound is currently offered at Verizon only – Mondays at 6:30pm with Krystina, Thursdays at 6:15pm with Tami and Sundays at noon with Tami. If you’re ready to get your Rockout Workout on – join us for a class this week!

Mar 1 2015

VIDA Fitness Boot Camp with Rafael

A sneak peak of what to expect in VIDA Fitness Boot Camp with Rafael!