Welcome to the Friday Five with me, Cynthia and Courtney where today’s topic is “Fitness”. Obviously I’m a big fan of running and working out. DC is a great city for getting your fitness on – from running to biking and everything in between. Gyms, clubs and studios can be costly but there are so many great and cost effective fitness opportunities to experience all the great that DC has to offer even without a gym membership.
One: Join a local running club. While there are many local clubs, one that comes to mind personally is DC Road Runners. Their annual membership is $20 and comes with a series of small local races in a variety of distances at no cost to members. Not a member? Registration is open (for the most part) to all and are typically $5. They also offer (for a fee) training plans and group runs for spring and fall races. You get your money’s worth that’s for sure and may find a new friend or two!
Two: Community Fitness Classes. If you haven’t heard of or aren’t following Active Life DC, you might want to start. Their website and weekly newsletter boast a calendar of fitness events that are free or low cost across the district. Classes and events run the gamut from local fitness providers like VIDA Fitness, to sponsored classes with Lululemon, Nike Training Club, North Face Athletics and other local running clubs. There are numerous yoga events across town that are free to drop in or donation based. November Project also has a pretty big following in DC. All workouts are free and while I have never done a November Project workout (because 5:30 am, lol), you just show up. And you get amazing views of the DC’s monuments and the sunrise.
Three: The streets are your treadmill, run all over them. Blizzards aside what I love about DC is you can literally workout anywhere. All you need is a good pair of shoes and your body weight. Check out Pinterest or your favorite training app for some exercises and hit The Watergate Steps, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial or Rock Creek Park which actually has outdoor equipment near Calvert/Woodley Park: Four: AM Lift. We all need a little strength training in our lives amiright? For $10 join Get Fit Like That for this fun total body strength training class located in Dupont Circle. Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 am through March 24, 2016, Sharita will get you buff and tough just in time for summer!
Five: Get Social. By that I mean make social media your friend. Follow your favorite fitness providers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sign up for their newsletters, connect with Living Social and Groupon. Even if you are unable to invest in a series of classes or a membership most fitness studios offer a free first class experience or two, have special events and other opportunities that make it more affordable. Recently I purchased a Living Social deal at LavaBarre in Arlington, VA that allows me to take a set of classes over the next month for less than $10/class.
Yes for a lot of these places the idea is marketing and to obtain new clientele but stay vigilant and make the most of what they have to offer!
Locals – how do you fit in fitness economically? Outside of DC, what cost effective opportunities exist in your area?