VIDA Blog

May 31 2015

VIDA Instructor of the Month: Christine Kontra

Christine KontraMeet avid marathon runner, gym rat and certified VIDA group fitness instructor, Christine Kontra! Christine teaches both yoga and cycle at our Metropole and City Vista locations, and you’ll be able to see her sporting a VIDA Personal Trainer tshirt in the very near future!

Christine pretty much grew up in the gym and began running marathons while in college at Ohio State University. She’s done five marathons total, including the Boston Marathon in 2008 and the Marine Corps Marathon in 2010. Despite having a great passion and respect for running, she knew that it was hard on her body and took up yoga to give her muscles a little TLC.

“My muscles were always super tight – I knew I needed to slow down and stretch and take care of my body. Once I started doing yoga it actually improved my running ability,” says Christine.

In the midst of her yoga practice she took up another hobby while in college: teaching cycle classes! It was then that her group fitness career was born and she’s been teaching ever since.

Christine moved to DC in 2008 for a job on Capitol Hill (she studied political science at Ohio State) and has been teaching yoga and cycle in the city for the past three years. She joined the VIDA team a little over a year ago as a yoga instructor and added cycle to her schedule back in January.

“I had some friends that taught here and they finally convinced me to do the same. I immediately found it a great place to work out – the energy here is extremely motivating and the students are awesome!” she says.

Aside from teaching classes, Christine has also been training clients privately for years. She just got certified to train here at VIDA and will be coming on board as a Personal Trainer very soon! She explains that her own personal love for working out is what motivated her to start helping others reach their fitness goals.

Christine Kontra“I really enjoy getting to work with people one-on-one and helping them grow. I’ve been in the gym my whole life and I love getting to share that passion with others. Helping people see results in both their body and mind is very rewarding,” she says.

Christine works out regularly at VIDA and uses a combination of strength training, cardio, yoga and meditation to keep her mind and body in shape. Her current favorite exercises include power moves (such as jump squats) and anything with a medicine ball!

“I like to have as much variety as possible in my workouts. I’m always trying new things not only for myself but so I’ll have new material for my clients too,” she says.

Not only does Christine share her passion through health and fitness by teaching and training clients, she’s also a holistic health counselor too! She became certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a health coach several years ago and has been building her own coaching business ever since (visit www.christinekontrahealth.com to check her out!)

As a health counselor Christine works with people to reach their health and wellness goals in all aspects of their life (career, relationships, home environment and spirituality, in addition to fitness and nutrition.)

“When you’re able to find balance in all of these areas it really improves your overall health and fitness level. I help people look at which areas of their lives might need more or less attention in order to find that balance,” says Christine.

It’s pretty easy for Christine’s two occupations to blend together as many of her yoga students become her health clients and vice versa. She explains that being able to motivate and inspire people has always been the most rewarding part of her career, and that being part of the VIDA community continues to do both.

Some of Christine’s other hobbies include attending live music shows, watching her Buckeyes during college football season, and playing softball and flag football in OSU alumni leagues! Oh, and she sells homemade bath products on Etsy in her free time (?) – you can find her shop under the name Gaia Collective.

Come out and try a class with Christine if you haven’t yet!

May 28 2015

Class Spotlight: Power Yoga

Power YogaWe offer a variety of different yoga classes here at VIDA ranging from Vinyasa to athletic and heated to candlelight. One of our most popular, however, (and my personal favorite!) is Power Yoga – available at all VIDA locations.

Power Yoga differs from the typical Vinyasa class in that it’s less flowy and more strength-based. You’ll probably sweat a little more than you would in a typical yoga class, so come prepared to need to freshen up after. Those who enjoy the stress relief and relaxation that yoga provides but also want a chance to push themselves with challenging moves will love the combination of strength and flexibility exercises that Power Yoga offers.

In this class you’ll try more advanced postures, hold poses for longer and have the opportunity to really push yourself deeper into each stretch. You can expect more planks, push-ups and challenging isometric holds and less of the meditative chants and gentle stretching found in other yoga classes. This is your chance to work on your inversions, arm balances and headstands – for those of us that love to be upside-down!

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts of all levels can get a quality workout from Power Yoga. This class offers a fresh approach to strength training that builds body awareness – a vital tool for fitness lovers looking to improve their performance.

“Power Yoga allows you to challenge yourself in a new way and learn to respect and care for your body. It’s important to slow down sometimes and be mindful of your movements. Paying attention to these things allows us to have the greatest growth as athletes – and it’s just fun!” says Power Yoga Instructor Christine Kontra.

poweryoga2I loved that this class followed a series of poses but we also had a chance in the end to work on headstands and inversions on our own. You’ll get to work at your individual level instead of having to follow along with the rest of the class the entire time, which is great for those looking to really perfect their form and technique.

While this class does give you an intense workout, you’ll also get the calming release that yoga provides and leave the class feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Shavasana feels very rewarding at the end of Power Yoga since you’ve been sweating for the last hour. This is the perfect yoga class for those looking for a more intense workout and for experienced yogis looking to advance their practice. If you’ve ever thought yoga wasn’t challenging enough, take this class and we guarantee you’ll change your mind!

May 27 2015

Show Us Your Selfies, It’s Time For #VIDAWorld2015!

whereGot any fun trips planned this summer?

Don’t forget to pack your VIDA shirts! The start of summer means the launch of our third annual Where In The World is VIDA Fitness contest. The directions are simple, just snap a photo of you wearing your VIDA shirt while travelling to an exotic (or not so exotic) location and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #VIDAWorld2015!

This contest runs until Labor Day, so you’ve got all summer to take as many awesome photos (just one entry per location) as possible! We’ll post some of our favorites on our Facebook page throughout the summer to show off the exciting places our members are visiting and keep people engaged in the contest.

At the end of the summer we’ll pick our favorites and hand out the prizes! The best overall photo activity + location wins ONE YEAR of free membership! Second place will receive 6 months free and third place will receive a $150 Aura spa gift card. Get creative with your photos, the more unique and fun the better!

We can’t wait to see where this summer takes you for #VIDAWorld2015. Happy travelling!

May 21 2015

VIDA’s Guide to DC Farmers Markets

DC Farmers MarketWell, it’s official, all of the DC farmers markets are now open for business! Here at VIDA we’re big fans of keeping it local and supporting small businesses, which also includes our farmers.

In addition to supporting local business owners, we also value knowing where our food comes from and what’s been done to it before it hits our plates.

We know many of our members like to shop at farmer’s markets as well, but for those of you who may be new to DC, or even new to a different neighborhood within the district, we wanted to pull together a guide of all the best farmer’s markets near our five VIDA locations to make shopping locally easier this summer.

All the farmer’s markets we’ve listed are ones that have a great selection, food vendors and some have entertainment as well, but the real plus side is they’re all a short jog away from your neighborhood VIDA, so get shopping (and chopping)!

U Street

Union Market

  • Location: 1309 5th St. NE
  • Distance from gym: 2.4 miles
  • When you can go: year-round, Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

14th & U St. Farmer’s Market

  • Location: In front of the Reeves Center, at the corner of 14th and U Streets, NW
  • Distance from gym: 0.3 miles
  • When you can go: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market DC

  • Location: 3200 Mt Pleasant St. NW (between Park Road and Lamont Street)
  • Distance from gym: 1.3 miles
  • When you can go: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Metropole

 Glover Park and Burleith Farmers’ Market

  • Location: 1819 35th St. NW
  • Distance from gym: 2.4 miles
  • When you can go: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Foggy Bottom Farmer’s Market

  • Location: 23rd and I Street NW walkway
  • Distance from gym: 1.5 miles
  • When you can go: Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.

Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market

  • Location: 20th Street NW (PNC Bank parking lot)
  • Distance from gym: 0.7 miles
  • When you can go: Open year-round, Sundays, 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

Verizon

Capital Harvest on the Plaza

  • Location: 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
  • Distance from gym: 0.2 miles
  • When you can go: Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FRESHFARM Market by the White House

  • Location: Vermont Avenue NW between H and I streets NW
  • Distance from gym: 0.9 miles
  • When you can go: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Penn Quarter Farmer’s Market

  • Location: 8th Street NW between D and E streets NW
  • Distance from gym: 0.1 miles
  • When you can go: Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.

Navy Yards

USDA Farmer’s Market at Night

  • Location: Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW
  • Distance from gym: 2.3 miles
  • When you can go: from 5 to 8 p.m. on the third Friday of the month through October

USDA Farmer’s Market (regular market)

  • Location: Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW
  • Distance from gym: 2.3 miles
  • When you can go: Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Eastern Market

  • Location: 225 Seventh St. SE
  • Distance from gym: 0.9 miles
  • When you can go: Open year-round, Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

City Vista

Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market

  • Location: 1st and R streets NW
  • Distance from gym: 1.3 miles
  • When you can go: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Columbia Heights Farmer’s Market

  • Location: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at 14th Street and Park Road NW
  • Distance from gym: 2.6 miles
  • When you can go: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FRESHFARM Market by the White House

  • Location: Vermont Avenue NW between H and I streets NW
  • Distance from gym: 0.9 miles
  • When you can go: Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What are your favorite farmer’s markets? Did we leave any off the list? Let us know!

 

May 18 2015

A Look Beyond the “Sexiness” of the Dad Body

Dad BodyA Look Beyond the “Sexiness” of the Dad Bod

If you’re one to follow the latest hot topics in the media you’ve probably heard about the body trend that’s been taking over newsfeeds and girls’ night out conversations in the past few weeks: the topic of “The Dad Bod.”

In case you’re not clued in, here’s the back story:

A Clemson student wrote an article titled, “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod” for The Odyssey, a publication for college students involved in sororities and fraternities (and if that’s not your first clue on literary merit I don’t know what is, but I digress), and the piece went viral.

According to the article, “The dad bod says, “I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.” It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”

Some of the listed reasons for women loving the Dad Bod include better cuddling, we won’t feel intimidated when we inhale a whole pizza in one sitting next to our Dad Bod boyfriend, and it allows women to be “the hot one” in the relationship.

Needless to say, there’s an entire spectrum of responses on social media ranging from those hailing Dad Bods to others foaming at the mouth that men with beer guts are receiving affection when women are constantly being ripped apart in the media for their bodies.

Personally, I think it’s equal parts appalling, confusing, judgmental, but most of all, it’s just weird.

Because I write about health and fitness it was only a matter of time before someone asked my opinion on it, so here we go. Reasons why the Dad Bod is just plain ridiculous:

It’s not necessarily that the Dad Bod look is unhealthy, it’s the mentality that’s unhealthy

Strip away the actual look of the Dad Bod for a second and let’s focus on the greater Dad Bod concept. The Dad Bod is described as a guy who regularly participates in unhealthy habits such as over-eating, over-boozing and minimal exercise.

This type of activity for anyone at any age and of any gender is unhealthy. We know that it’s a normal part of life to over-eat and drink as well as it is to be lax on workouts sparingly, but we also know it’s unhealthy when these things become habits, meaning you do these things more than you don’t do them.

What I find weird isn’t that some people like men who don’t possess a six-pack, it’s that they are equating an overall unhealthy lifestyle with sexiness. If you think smoking is gross in a partner, the “Dad Bod” lifestyle of regular beer guzzling and pizza gorging should be equally unsettling.

Take the whole physical attractiveness factor away and the mentality of unhealthy Dad Bod lifestyle equating to sexy just doesn’t make sense.

The Dad Bod has nothing to do with being a dad

Scientifically, becoming a father results in 0% body changes because your child never actually took up space inside your body. (I don’t have a medical study to cite on this one, but just take my word for it.)

So, until men have the ability to carry, grow and produce a human from their bodies, there is no such thing as a Dad Bod.

Also, I think this is an odd stage-of-life category to fit men in to. Yes, men lose muscle with age (just like women do), but being a dad (or a mom) does not excuse one from living a healthy lifestyle. Again, it goes back to the twisted mentality of unhealthy habits equals sexiness.

dad bod When my dad became….a dad, his biceps were so big you can barely see little infant me in his arms in my baby pictures. Yeah, he was a young dude who hadn’t fully settled in to his dad-ness yet, but flash forward 24 years and my 60-year-old dad rides his bike everyday and still paddles half a mile out in to the ocean to surf 10 to 12-foot waves. So tell me, what’s a dad bod again?

Praising guys in their twenties for their keg stand time and pizza problem isn’t cluing society in to their sexiness, it’s setting these guys up for full blown obesity, and it most definitely isn’t setting them up for being future awesome dads who can run, jump, explore and be active with their kids.

Let’s stop judging looks and start judging health

Listen, as a woman, it is a true battle to go through life ignoring everything that the media is telling you your body should look like. And I don’t know what it’s like to feel body confidence issues from a man’s perspective, but if we’re looking at this from a truly neutral (i.e. human) perspective, we shouldn’t be touting or bashing ANY body shape or type regardless of it’s a man or a woman, parent or non-parent, someone in their twenties versus someone in their forties.

Now let’s bring back the actual look of the Dad Bod. The Dad Bod is described as not being “overweight”, but also not having a rock hard body.

This is where I find the whole thing confusing. I bet we can all think of someone we know who we can label as “healthy” because they eat well and stay active, but how many of those people have a six-pack? How many of them don’t look like fitness models? I’m going to guess you can think of a few people.

The point I’m making is that we already know healthy bodies don’t all look the same. Therefore, we shouldn’t be touting the way one body looks, but the way one lives with their body because we only get one of these bodies to live in, folks. We have to take care of it.

So please, for love of all that is sexy, can we please stop talking about what body type we think is most attractive? Everyone’s got different tastes, quirks and preferences, let’s all just agree that living healthyfully is sexy, whatever that looks like to you.

What do you think of the Dad Bod trend? Let us know in the comments or on social media!

May 13 2015

Meet VIDA’s New Registered Dietitian, Alayna Markwordt!

Registered Dietitian Alayna Markwordt!

Registered Dietitian Alayna Markwordt!

 
We’d like to give a warm welcome to the newest addition to our nutrition team here at VIDA Fitness, Registered Dietitian Alayna Markwordt! Alayna received her Masters in Medical Dietetics from Ohio State University and will be joining forces with veteran VIDA RD Cat Taylor to make our nutrition services more accessible to members of all VIDA locations.

Alayna will be starting out stationed at U Street, so U Street and Metropole members will have nutritional counseling options that are a little closer to home! With an athletic background and experience working in both medical and performance nutrition, Alayna has the ideal skill set to offer our members quality guidance for creating healthy lifestyles.

Growing up Alayna was always active and playing sports. She played lacrosse at Ohio State, where she was 2nd time All-American and still holds the record for most career goals in the school’s history! She credits this impressive feat to the fact that proper nutrition has always been a key element in her life.

“Since I was so active growing up I always wanted to eat the right foods that would help me perform my best. Being an athlete allowed to me to see the results firsthand of what good nutrition and taking care of yourself does for your body – I was able to start and play in every game of my college career,” she explains. “That’s the power of good nutrition!”

Registered Dietitian Alayna Markwordt!While working on her Masters in Medical Dietetics at Ohio State, Alayna also worked with the student athletes gaining valuable experience in the sports and performance nutrition field. After graduating, she accepted a position with the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as one of their in-house Registered Dietitians.

“Our clientele ranged from youth to professional athletes. I worked in the NFL combine training program doing consults for the athletes looking to maximize their performance through nutrition,” she says.

Now that she’s back in DC (Alayna grew up in Woodvine, MD, only an hour away from the city!) she was glad to find a similar atmosphere at VIDA with individuals looking to improve their lives through fitness and wellness.

“I love the mixture of clientele here. Whether you’re training for a triathlon, power lifting or just trying to get in shape, good nutrition is key to all those things,” she says.

Alayna explains that there are common misconceptions and roadblocks people face with nutrition that she looks forward to helping them work through. For instance, she stresses the importance of creating healthy lifestyle habits that will help you achieve long-term results, rather than the short-term results typically seen by following the latest fad diet or myth.

She also specializes in helping people find ways to incorporate healthy choices into their busy day-to-day routines and working with them to find a method that will actually work for their lifestyle.  There’s no one-fix-for-all approach, she explains, and creating a customized plan for your goals and lifestyle is essential to seeing results.

She also provides assistance with navigating those ever-so-tricky food labels with promises that can be misleading.

“The food industry can trick you into thinking something’s healthy for you when it’s really not. I can show you what you should actually be eating instead,” says Alayna.

You won’t have to worry about getting bored with Alayna’s meal suggestions either. She’s currently doing a challenge where she cooks meals from all over the world – one from every culture until she tries them all! She also loves experimenting with ancient grains (quinoa, buckwheat, wheat berries, bulgur, etc.) and creating new dishes with them (recipes that she’s happy to share with her clients!)

The kitchen isn’t the only place Alayna likes to try new things – she’s constantly evolving her fitness routines to keep herself challenged as well.

“My fitness goals have always been about getting outside my comfort zone and pushing my boundaries. I love to try new things,” she says.

Alayna’s favorite activities include biking and tennis, and she’s been getting more into yoga recently. She’s also the proud finisher of two marathons, and has her sights set on doing a triathlon one day. She’s big on the outdoors, too, and completed a month-long backpacking trip through South America last summer!

“I love to travel so two of my friends and I backpacked through the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Peru and Machu Picchu. We stayed in hostels, camped, went surfing, snorkeling, biking, repelled down waterfalls and even hiked a volcano!” she says.

Alayna3Alayna adds that immersing herself in the South American culture during her trip gave her a fresh outlook on nutrition and wellness.

“We would hit all the fresh farmer’s markets and stock up on produce, nuts and seeds. It definitely helped me understand the challenges some people face and how to be resourceful with what you have,” she says.

We believe Alayna will be a valuable resource to the VIDA Fitness team and are excited to welcome her on board. If you’re around our U Street location, stop by to say hello and schedule a Nutrition Fit with our newest Registered Dietitian!

“I’m very excited to get started. Whether you’re looking to lose those last 5 lbs or train for a marathon, nutrition is the vital tool that can do that for you and I’m happy to help!” she says.

May 5 2015

Class Spotlight: VIDA Assets

VIDA Assets

VIDA Assets

Summer is here, which means it’s time to squeeze your booty into a bathing suit. If you want your abs and butt in tip-top shape for pool season, it’s time to add a few VIDA Assets classes to your workout regimen!

VIDA Assets is the class totally dedicated to strengthening and toning your glutes and core muscles. It has some added benefits, like improving your posture and balance thrown in as well. The class consists of a series of three circuits, each repeated twice, that alternate between lower body and core exercises designed to challenge people of all fitness levels.

You’ll usually use any variety of a bench, mat, a weight-loaded barbell and dumbbells in Assets – and it’s up to you how much weight you use. After a brief cardio warm-up (think high-knees, jumping jacks, butt-kicks…moves to get your heart rate up) you’ll move on to the really fun stuff and start feeling the burn!

The circuits consist of three lower body exercises and two core exercises, each performed for one minute with the entire circuit repeated twice. Some examples of lower body exercises to expect are different varieties of dead lifts, squat combos, good mornings, lunges, glute bridges and other moves that target the glutes, hamstrings and quads. Don’t be afraid to go heavy with your weights – it’s always better to have to take some off halfway than going too light and not challenging yourself.

VIDA Assets is also where your love handles go to die – thanks to the two minutes of core built into every circuit. Your instructor will lead you through a series of planks (stationary, twisting, walking, etc,) Russian twists, in and outs on the gliders, mountain climbers and more to bring those abs out to say hello for the summer!

Each of your three circuits will be different, so you’ll get a chance to try a variety of exercises in each class. VIDA Assets is a great way to learn new exercises that you can incorporate into your own routines when you’re not in class. Like in VIDA RX, for example, you’ll receive guidance for how to properly do an exercise with correct form before trying it out on your own. VIDA Assets is great for those just starting out with weight-training and for those who have been doing it for a while looking for a new challenge.

After your circuits are done and your glutes are screaming at you, you’ll finish up with a cool down and a little dynamic stretching before heading out the door. You’ll have burned a ton of calories and will likely be feeling it the next day, but you’ll thank us when you see how great your assets are looking in that bathing suit!

May 4 2015

Featured Instructor: Karen Kina

Karen Kina

Karen Kina

If you’re an avid Zumba goer, you’ll most likely recognize Karen Kina as the spunky, high-energy instructor from City Vista whose classes include hip-hop themed tracks and tons of hair flipping. Karen’s been teaching Zumba at VIDA since 2012, and it’s easy to see her passion for it within seconds of chatting with her or stepping into her class.

Karen has danced most of her life, so Zumba comes pretty naturally. She’s been doing jazz since she was two, and competed on both her high school dance team and the University of Illinois dance team in college. She explains that while she’s always trying new styles of dance – hip-hop is definitely her thing.

“My style is mostly hip-hop but I also stick to the standard Zumba format too. People have been requesting more and more hip-hop though so I’ve been doing a lot of that lately,” she says.

Karen is an IT consultant for Blue Cross/Blue Shield during the day, so Zumba is the perfect outlet for her to relieve stress at the end of a long workday. She adds that she listens to Zumba music all day in her headphones, so by the time class starts she’s pumped and ready to go!

“I’m basically an extrovert trapped in an introvert’s job environment – I stare at a computer screen all day. By the time the day is over I have a ton of energy built up and I need that outlet and interaction with people. It’s really therapeutic for me!” she says.

Karen also looks forward to adding VIDA Barre to her schedule over the summer and says she’d love to teach VIDA RX and VIDA Body in the future. She loves trying new group fitness styles and stresses the importance of trying new things to keep your body challenged.

“I’m all about switching it up. I love the atmosphere of group fitness in general and trying new formats. I always encourage my students to try all types of classes to avoid plateau-ing, which is what I try to do too!” she says.

In addition to teaching Zumba twice a week, Karen keeps up a regular strength training and cardio regimen on her own. She’s big on interval training on the treadmill, even after experiencing a pretty traumatizing treadmill accident a few years ago.

“It was basically my worst fear. I was going really fast and fell off the treadmill and got de-pantsed in the process. It was super embarrassing but I joke about it now,” she says with a laugh.

Not taking yourself too seriously is key for both treadmill accidents and group fitness beginners who may be apprehensive about trying a new class. For instance, Karen encourages people of all coordination-levels to try Zumba and just have fun with it, rather than worrying about getting all the moves right on the first try.

“Trust me, no one is going to be looking at you. Everyone is focusing on himself or herself in the mirror. There’s always a learning curve but once you get it you can really get into the moves and that’s when it becomes most effective,” says Karen.

When Karen isn’t teaching Zumba, she loves watching sports with her boyfriend (she’s a big Chicago fan!) and enjoying the summer weather at Nationals games. She hopes to make the transition into personal training eventually, and says she’s grateful for the opportunities VIDA has provided for her so far.

“I love the fact that we’re not a huge chain. We actually really care about our members, not just their money. As an instructor here we’re given so many opportunities to grow and expand our skillsets that other gyms definitely don’t give you. I used to sub at other gyms here and there but I don’t even do that anymore!” she says.

Karen stresses that she LOVES seeing new people in her classes, and says that the energy she receives from her students in class is what makes teaching so rewarding for her.

“My classes totally make or break my day. The rush of endorphins I get from sharing that energy with my students is amazing. I do it all for them, and I love taking requests so don’t be shy!” she adds.

Next time you’re at City Vista and feel like breaking a sweat to some high-energy tunes, pay Karen’s Zumba class a visit – you’ll be glad you did!

May 1 2015

Cat’s Corner: New Season, New Local Produce!

catscornerThis weeks healthy nutrition inspiration from Cat Taylor, including which veggies & herbs and other local produce you should be stocking up on asap!

Cat’s Quote of the Week

“Don’t stumble over something behind you.”

Nutrition Tip of the Week

New season, New local produce!

  • Asparagus (May-June)
  • Basil (April)
  • Beets (April-November)
  • Bok Choy (May-November)
  • Broccoli Raab (May-June, again Sept-November)
  • Cilantro (April-October)
  • Collards (May-July, again Sept-Dec)
  • Dill (May June, again Sept-Nov)
  • Lettuce (year round)
  • Mesclun Mix (year round)
  • Mushrooms (March-May, again Sept-Nov)
  • Onions (May-Nov)
  • Parsley (May-June, again Sept-Dec)
  • Radishes (May-Dec)
  • Rhubarb (May-June)
  • Sage (May-Dec)
  • Sorrel (April-June, again Sept-Dec)
  • Summer Squash (May-Oct)
  • Swiss Chard (May-July, again Sept-Nov)
  • Turnips (May-June, again Sept-Dec)

May 1 2015

Outdoor Boot Camp at the Yards

Boot campers after a sweaty outdoor session

Boot campers after a sweaty outdoor session

Bummed because you missed the first round of outdoor boot camp? You’re in luck because round two is just around the corner!

Our Yards location will be running two different boot camps starting May 11th – one lead by VIDA Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor Kelly Moyers on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:30pm, and one lead by VIDA Master Trainer Sam Yousefi  on Tuesdays at 6:30am and Saturdays at 11am.

As always, you’ll have the option of doing once or twice a week sessions, whichever fits your schedule better! Our boot camps are small group style – so you’ll receive individual attention from your instructor while also working out in a group setting that pushes you to challenge yourself in ways difficult to do on your own.

Boot camp instructor Kelly Moyers says group workouts are one of the best ways to stay motivated to reach your goals, and guarantees that you’ll see improvement in your fitness level after completing the program!

“Workouts are 100% more fun when you’re working out as a team. You’re pushing each other, encouraging each other, seeing each other struggle through the same challenges, and it motivates you to all finish together!” says Kelly.

Our boot camp meets in the lobby, and then heads out to the park as a group. Once you’re there, you can expect a combination of all fitness aspects into one sweaty, hour-long session including cardio, strength, flexibility and balance exercises. Expect to learn a ton of new squat and push-up variations, mixed in with lots of running and jogging (sometimes up and down stairs for an added bonus.)

You’ll work frequently with a partner or as a group to complete a workout, which helps give you that extra boost you need to finish an exercise when your body feels like giving up. Kelly stresses that the group camaraderie of boot camp is what makes the format so successful.

“There is something about the group mentality, where going through it alone may seem impossible but going through it with your friends and teammates makes it feel like you can do anything. Working out with others undoubtedly allows students to push themselves to the limit so they can smile and be proud of themselves afterwards,” says Kelly.

Push-up line at one of Kelly's boot camp sessions!"

Push-up line at one of Kelly’s boot camp sessions!

Our outdoor boot camps are tough, but totally customizable to all fitness levels. Modifications to exercises are always offered so whether you’re doing push-ups on your knees or toes, you’re going to get an intense workout no matter what.

Plus, you’ll meet a ton of new people! Bonds form pretty quickly when you’re going through the same burpee-torture together, and especially when you share the same common goals with your teammates.

“Boot camp is a process where you challenge yourself, you learn from your teammates, you struggle together and you get stronger together. The purpose of boot camp is show someone a part of themselves they haven’t seen before. You’ll make lifelong changes through the friendships made in boot camp. No one gets left behind – we work through everything TOGETHER!” Kelly emphasizes.

If you’d like to join in on the boot camp fun, contact cparkison@vidafitness.com to reserve your spot for our May 11th start date. Interested in trying out a session first before committing? We’ll be hosting free demos all next week  (May 4th-9th) so contact Chris to get on board!

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City Vista 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
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City Vista

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Phone: (202) 289-8432

$ 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
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Phone: (202) 588-5559

$ 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005

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Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

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Phone: (202) 742-1940

$ 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:30am – 10:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 6:00 am – 10:00pm

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Phone: (202) 939-2577

$ 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

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Phone: (202) 393-8432

$ 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

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Phone: (202) 554-0444

$ 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm