VIDA Blog
May 18 2016

Join the Search for a Cure at This Year’s ALS Fundraising Event!

Last May we put on our very first ALS Fundraiser & Silent Auction event at Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards. Through ticket sales, silent auction items and bar revenue we were able to raise over $25,000 for Augie’s Quest, an ALS research initiative dedicated to finding a cure for the disease. Last year was such a success we can’t wait to do it again bigger and better this year!

If you attended last year’s event, you’ll remember our guest speaker Andrea Peet. Andrea was diagnosed with ALS at age 33 and shared her story with us in a powerful speech that you can watch here. We’re so pleased to be bringing Andrea back for year two, and she has a special message to share with you below!

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 6-10pm at the Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards. Tickets are $30 with sponsorship opportunities available at $2000. *Sponsorships include a cabana rental for up to 10 guests, bottle service, and appetizers served. 

May 29, 2015 - such a great night!

May 29, 2015 – a great night to raise $$ for a great cause!

We are currently collecting donations for our Silent Auction and would love to have your business involved. Any items, services, hotel stays, trips or package deals make great auction items! If you would like to contribute to the auction, please email echretien@vidafitness.com with specifics and retail value of your donation.

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Light appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar available throughout the evening, with all proceeds being included in the check we write to Augie’s Quest at the end of the night. The more you drink, the more we donate!

You can expect some live entertainment too, most likely involving an Ice Bucket Challenge.

Tommy & Kelly from The Tommy Show after last year's Ice Bucket Challenge!

Tommy & Kelly from The Tommy Show after last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge!

Cocktail attire is required. Purchase your ticket here and save the date for Saturday, June 4th! See you then!

May 13 2016

Can You Survive the Gauntlet?

Another successful Friday night at the Gauntlet!

Another successful Friday night at the Gauntlet!

Over the past few months, a new Friday night tradition has unfolded at Metropole involving a mixture of cycling, abs, strength work and sweat. Lead by VIDA Trainer and Instructor Kyle Suib, the ‘Gauntlet’ is gaining momentum as the ideal way to burn a huge amount of calories and achieve that I-just-got-my-ass-kicked feeling right before starting the weekend. It’s essentially three classes back to back, or a solid two hours of exercising, that combines all the strength and cardio work you need to start your weekend strong.

The fun begins with Cycle at 5:30 to warm up the body and get your heart rate up. With the addition of our brand new cycle studio, you’ll soon be able to track what percentage of your maximum heart rate you’re using on our live MYZONE display tiles around the studio! Once you’ve worked up a sweat and brought your heart rate through a series of challenging intervals, you’ll finish up in Cycle and then head downstairs for 15 minutes of Killer Core at 6:30.

“Each class is structured to accent the next one. After Cycle we let the cardio system recover while focusing on breathing and core work,” says Kyle.

Next up is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at 6:45. For those who have made it this far, get ready for some weighted moves in combination with plyometrics and calisthenics to build muscle endurance while bringing the heart rate back up.

Members are welcome to join the Gauntlet for all three classes or drop in for just one class. It has quickly become a Friday night favorite for some of our hardcore members, who have made it a regular part of their weekends.

“The Gauntlet has become my  Must Do on Friday’s and actually an Exercise Happy Hour (hours actually!) to end the week. It has become a mainstay and  intricate part of my fitness regime, it is not easy in any way and you leave knowing it,” says Gauntlet regular, Matthew Hunter.

Regulars all agree that Kyle has built a great sense of community and support in his Gauntlet, and many people have formed new friendships after bonding over burpees and pushing themselves to new limits with every class.

“There’s a great sense of camaraderie from the attendees each week. Kyle brings a huge amount of fun coupled with high intensity, high expectations and a desire and encouragement for all of us to meet and  surpass our goals. Each Friday has a new challenge that you were not expecting – you don’t come to the Gauntlet to get off easy or cut corners! Some of my friends who I have brought along ask me, “you do this every week”? I happily reply YES!” says Matthew.

Got questions about the Gauntlet? Email Kyle at ksuib@vidafitness.com for more info!

May 4 2016

New Instructor Alert: Andrea Van Zile!

AndreaPlease help us in welcoming the newest addition to our VIDA team, Andrea Van Zile!

Andrea joins the VIDA family fresh off the train from New York City, where she lead the Pilates Reformer program at Workout Factory. Andrea is a former research analyst turned fitness professional who made the decision to leave her job at a large NYC hedge fund to follow her passion for fitness full time.

In New York she taught Pilates Reformer, Pilates mat, Barre and TRX and specializes in injury prevention, recovery, illnesses and pre/postnatal fitness. Pilates is her specialty, and she says all of her classes have a core-centric approach to optimize strength. We’re definitely on board with that!

Andrea has been developing a new program at U Street combining Pilates based core movements with high intensity TRX suspension training. More details are on their way, so stay tuned.

“I believe that a strong core goes far beyond the vanity aspect of flat abs. It protects the spine, improves posture and alignment, and can protect against back pain….but a cut core is a happy consequence,” she says.

You can find Andrea teaching Reformer, Barre, Pilates mat, TRX, Circuit and Assets at U Street, as well as Pilates mat, Reformer, HIIT and TRX at Verizon. Oh, and when she’s not teaching any of those, she’s also the Studio Manager of SweatBox.

Andrea also has an adorable daughter that we’re working on getting some VIDA tees made for, so keep your eye out for the adorable three year old hanging out around the lobby.