All posts filed under: Class Reviews

Getting LGFIT

  After the Nation’s Tri, I kind of, sort of, definitely lost all motivation to be active. This about sums it up. Aside from it being the end of the race season, I was just really overwhelmed and stressed with a lot of things and of course, the first thing to fall off my “priorities” list was anything that had to do was eating right, working out and sadly, blogging. It actually worked out perfectly that at that time, my friend Lauren reached out to me to ask if I wanted to try her 6 week personal coaching/training service. I  gladly agreed, knowing it would help me get back on track with fitness, but having no idea what a profound effect it would have on the rest of well-being. Lauren is an old high-school friend. She actually, un-knowing to me, grew up a mere 5 houses away from me my entire childhood. I’m sure I missed out on some good times as a kid! She recently, and courageously, began her own fitness business, Lauren Gassman Fitness (LGFIT). …

Cat Yoga? You Gotta be Kittin’ Me.

Combine yoga, adorable cats and a great cause and you have Cat Yoga at Crumbs and Whiskers. What is Crumbs and Whiskers you may ask? It is DC’s one and only #Catcafe. You heard right– a cafe (serving coffee and delicious treats) filled with adorable kitties all of whom are up for adoption. They just celebrated their 1st birthday AND a whopping 102 cats adopted! A purrrrfect combination if you ask me. Aside from providing the most cuddly, cute and love filled atmosphere to work, read or just hang out, Crumbs and Whiskers also provides for the fitness enthusiast by having “Cat Yoga” for an hour an a half on Sunday evenings. I first saw a posting for this unique yoga experience on Instagram and immediately had to sign up (follow @crumbsandwhiskers for adorable cat photos and event updates.) Sarah, Debbie and I headed over to Crumbs and Whiskers, found a golden parking spot and eagerly went in. We saw kitten number 1, snoozin on the reception desk and knew immediately it was going to …

SweatBox DC: The Good, The Great and the Sweaty (Review)

Disclaimer- My arms (and entire body) are still noodles from this workout, so if this post ends in the middle of a sentence, I’ve probably just passed out. In case this happens, please contact Steven, or my mom. Thank you. As you know, I love trying out new fitness experiences ESPECIALLY ones that pop up in my home city of DC. Naturally, I was so excited when I got an Instagram message from @sweatboxDC to try a demo of the class before it’s grand opening on May 4th. After a few back and forth messages (thanks for being flexible with my schedule, Elise) I was set to get my sweat on Friday after work. My demo being on Friday meant I had an entire week of seeing photos/videos pop up on @sweatboxdc Instagram to totally pump me up… and scare the bejesus out of me. I’m a weak lady in the strength training field, so after seeing all of the Instagrams of very fit people doing lots of pushups, I was petrified*. *After strength training my entire college …

Zengo, GO, GO!

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the media day/VIP ride at the BRAND new Zengo cycling studio in Cathedral Commons. I have been looking to try this studio for awhile so I can only assume the cycling gods must have been looking down on me recently…so thanks guys! If you haven’t heard of Zengo, you are lying…because I’ve already mentioned them once in this post. So shame on you. Just kidding. Sorry, feeling sassy today. Zengo is an indoor cycling studio with locations around the DMV area. They advertise themselves as providing a rigorous cardio workout as well as upper body strength training in a 50 minute ride. Actually, I’ll just let them say it, they are so much more eloquent. “Invigorating and inspiring, the experience is zen but mostly go, delivering hard core cardio and strength training in less than an hour.” I found that to be completely true! Keep on reading to hear more about my experience! I arrived at Cathedral Commons around 30 minutes early to make sure I could find the …

Running with City Fit Girls

Last year, if you would have asked me if I would go running in a group, I would have finished the pizza I was housing and would have given you a resounding “no”. A lot has changed since last year (not the pizza eating though) and I am now always excited to run with friends, family or complete strangers. Having the company and the accountability during runs is so enjoyable and makes the miles fly by. I was so excited when City Fit Girls announced they were having a pop up run in DC. I had been stalking them on Instagram for awhile and was always jealous of their community. Since they are located in Philadelphia, I never thought I’d have the opportunity to run with them, so when I saw the Instagram announcement, I immediately marked my calendar and started counting down the days. A little about City Fit Girls (CFG) CFG was founded in 2013 by Kiera Smalls  and Takia McClendon, two amazing women who have gained a large fitness following, and for good reason! They are …

Working on my 1-Pack

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I’ve been yoga-ing more to help with my half-marathon training.  Well, I’ve spent a lot of time working out with YouTube and figured it might be time for some real human interaction. So, Sarah and I braved the first snow DC has seen this season and headed to Core Power Yoga in Clarendon.  We decided to attend the Core Power Yoga 1 class which is specifically aimed at novice yogis like ourselves. In this class, there is no heat added (as there is with the higher level classes). We also noticed that this class was free! I’ve mentioned before that Core Power Yoga offers 1 free week to new students but right now, they are also training future yoga instructors by letting them lead the Wednesday beginning class. Perfect! When we got to the studio, we were greeted by the friendly staff along with all the other yogis who decided to head up despite the inclement weather (go ahead, make your jokes about what DC folks call …

Let’s kick…I mean PUNCH some butt!

A few weeks ago while doing some very important internet research on Facebook (ok…I was looking to make some treats on Buzzfeed Tasty videos…ok, I was compiling the recipes to make for book club…ok  FINE, I was just watching the videos while eating cookies) and I came across a post from one of my favorite people, Mrs. Warden. Mrs Warden is the mama to one of my best friend’s, Matt, and has lovingly put up with our antics for the past decade. The Warden home is always welcoming and I can always count on a being greeted with a warm loving smile and an ever warmer cookie. Mrs Warden (and Mr. Warden!) are fabulous. Anywho,  I noticed she had recently been checking in very regularly at TITLE Boxing Club in Springfield, VA. I commented on one of her Facebook “check-ins” and before I knew it, I had an invite to her next class! And then I invited my mom. And then Mrs. Warden invited Matt. And then I invited Steven. And so in a strange chain of invites (and peer pressure), we …