VIDA Blog
Aug 31 2015

Power Up Your Workouts With Our Brand New Program: VIDA PX!

VIDA PXLooking for a way to really power up your workouts? Our new small group training program designed by VIDA personal trainer Gene Sun at Verizon is interval training at its finest. If you love Xtreme, HIIT, Circuit, or any other type of interval training class, let us introduce you to VIDA’s hottest new workout: VIDA PX!

VIDA PX stands for Power Xtreme, a 50-minute strength & conditioning workout that emphasizes athletic training styles for maximum performance. A PX workout is a fast-paced, intense experience that integrates strength training utilizing bodyweight, kettlebells, dumbbells, TRX suspension training, and more with a demanding treadmill segment that will take your cardio workout to the next level.

px3By using the principles of interval training to toggle between different energy-producing systems in your body, VIDA PX torches fat to reveal lean, capable muscle while building practical fitness skills that are applicable to participants of all walks of life, from the casual gym-goer to the competitive athlete. This 6-week rolling program is designed progressively to improve your fitness each week, so that you continue to see results!

Due to the expansive nature of the training style, VIDA PX will be limited to 8 athletes per class session. Workouts will often include partnered circuit sequences, so bring a buddy or expect to make new ones when you sign up! VIDA Power Xtreme will be led by Gene Sun, NASM-certified trainer and avid Spartan Race athlete.

px1Questions? Shoot Gene an email at gsun@vidafitness.com to learn more about this exciting new class!

 

Aug 30 2015

New Rowing Program at Metropole!

kyle1We’d like to start by welcoming new trainer Kyle Suib to the VIDA personal training family here at Metropole! Kyle joins us from the University of Delaware, where he was on the Crew Team and has continued to compete in rowing, triathlons, Crossfit and DC Flag Football of course!

“In middle school I was always trying to find something to occupy my time so I took up tennis. I was really bad at it, but found out I was a good runner. This lead to four years of cross country running in high school, and then I was convinced to try out for rowing in college. I landed a spot on the University of Delaware Crew team and have been rowing ever since!”

Kyle has since rowed competitively for the DC Strokes & the Potomac Boat Club, and is thrilled to be bringing his own rowing program to VIDA.

“Rowing is a full body workout that requires some thought behind it. It can be used for intense cardio, toning, or strength training. Using the ERG helps increase the O2 capacity of the body and increases flexibility in the legs, back, shoulders, and core,” says Kyle.

kyle2This program will be a small group training class limited to 4-8 people that will meet twice a week for six weeks. You’ll learn how to master the rowing machines, with bodyweight and ab exercises built into the class to accomplish a full body workout. Kyle will show you how to read the ERG on your own so you can continue to incorporate rowing into your workouts even after the program is over!

What can you expect from this program? Improved metabolism, VO2 levels, stress management and weight loss, just to name a few.

“My motto is you will go home sore, you won’t go home in pain,” says Kyle.

After the six weeks are up participants will have built enough skill and confidence to move on to the intermediate rowing level; which will be an option for those looking to progress in difficulty and push themselves to their maximum potential.

Aug 29 2015

Try a Small Group Training Session at the Yards!

SGTYou worked hard to get that summer body, now keep it going into the fall! Small group training is personal training taken to the next level.  Whether you are new to the gym or a seasoned vet, Small Group Training at VIDA Fitness Yards will give you a fresh perspective and add new motivation to your workout. You will learn how to sculpt and tone your body and push yourself to new levels in groups limited to 4 people with the help of Master Trainer, Nate Carter.

“I believe there are many benefits with working out in a small group environment. You can either create your own small group (with friends, family, or coworkers) or join an existing one. You’ll receive personal attention, variety, motivation, support, results and most importantly it saves you a ton of money,” says Nate.

The small group training programs provide the best of both worlds: you get personalized attention from your trainer, but you’re also working out with your friends and never feel singled out. Doing the program with others holds you accountable for your workouts and provides excellent motivators who are going through the same thing you are.

“What I believe makes it so appealing to many is the group motivation, less intimidating training environment, accountability and flexible scheduling,” says Nate.

NateThis program will meet twice a week for six weeks, and people of all fitness levels are encouraged to join.

“If you’re new to fitness I have beginner levels that offer a great workout with no prior exercise knowledge or experience. Everyone will be learning and working out on the level that is best suited for them,” he says.

For more information contact either Nate Carter nate@vidafitness.com or Chris Parkison cparkison@vidafitness.com. We hope to see you in a session!

Aug 28 2015

The September iRide Line-Up!

DJ iRideThere are perks to being located in the same building as the Verizon Center, as some of you who have won concert tickets to shows this summer already know! We’re continuing our musical guest themed iRide classes into the Fall, and have a very exciting line-up coming your way!

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH: 9 YEARS OF VIDA anniversary themed ride with Sophia

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH: MADONNA REBEL HEART themed IRIDE with Leah

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND: ED SHEERAN vs. SAM SMITH with Anya

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH: DJ iRide with JoelCycle & DJ Khelan

Not only will the music correspond with the show next door, sometimes we score some tickets to give away during class too! Stay tuned to our social media channels for any announcements about chances to win tickets to the shows, and we can’t wait to see you in the studio!

Aug 28 2015

VIDA Hosts Mass Ice Bucket Challenge to Support ALS Research!

Andrea challenging VIDA Fitness to the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge!

Andrea challenging VIDA Fitness to the 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge!

By: Guest Blogger & VIDA Member Andrea Peet

“Wasn’t the ice bucket challenge last year?” you ask.

Nope. Not while people are still dying from ALS.

I am one of them. Two years ago, I could have been next to you on the elliptical machine or in the endless pool. I was 32, training for my first half Ironman triathlon. I completed that 70.3-mile race, my fifth triathlon that season.

Now, I walk with a walker. At the age of 34, I have been given 3-5 years to live. Before I die, I will lose the ability to walk, talk, swallow, move, and breathe. My mind will stay sharp, witnessing my decline.

Think about if that were you. It could be. 95% of ALS cases are sporadic (no genetic history). Endurance athletes are more susceptible. Military veterans are twice as likely to get it. Why? No one knows.

That’s why we need research. The ice bucket money from last year jumpstarted clinical trials and research studies. Johns Hopkins already made an amazing breakthrough.

 

I challenged Vida Fitness to the ice bucket challenge because they are committed to this cause. Thanks to their support, I am back in the endless pool, training for one more triathlon and a marathon on my recumbent trike.

 

I cannot stress to you how rare this is. Amanda Bernier, 31, was diagnosed two months before me, just two weeks after she found out she was pregnant. Five months later, she was totally paralyzed and on a ventilator. By miracle or faith, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

 

If she can take the ice bucket challenge this year, you can.

 

“I work,” you say. I can’t be at the U Street Vida on Monday 8/31 at 11am. No problem, you can do something much more important. You can donate to ALS.net where ALL of the money goes to find a cure or treatment.

 

We can beat ALS. Maybe not in time to save me, but maybe to save you or someone you love.

 

#EveryAugustUntilACure

 

Follow Andrea’s journey at teamdrea.blogspot.com.