I’ve never been one for scare tactics, but when a friend had a particularly nasty run-in blocks from my apartment, I began to look for ways to keep safe during my solo runs through DC.
One way was to try out Road ID, a free smartphone app that sends friends real-time location updates during your outdoor activity. Contacts can follow your route from start to finish, tracking any suspicious pauses or lapse in activity along the way. Here’s how it works:
1. Start your Road ID session by setting an estimated workout time and choosing up to five emergency contacts. Don’t worry about exceeding this pre-set time—you can add more in 10 minute increments if you’re feeling especially ambitious mid-jog.
2. Select a message to be sent via text to your contacts once you begin, or create your own.
Not to freak you out, but Christmas is in exactly one week. That means it’s time to buckle down and do some serious online shopping. To help you get started, we rounded up 15 last-minute stocking stuffers for the fitness buff in your life. Now whip out that credit card and start shopping!
Workout Gear You Can Only Find in DC
Are December’s limited daylight hours wrecking havoc on your running regimen? Beat the winter blues—and avoid the crowded gyms—with night-friendly running gear that will keep you warm, dry, and visible during your darkness-shrouded outdoor runs. Check out the slideshow for 16 pieces of essential gear for nighttime running.
Boutique fitness studios in Washington all have their loyal fan bases, from the cycling fiends at Revolve DC to the barre-going ladies at Pure Barre. Another way you can tell the true fanatics from the occasional visitor: They’re the ones rocking the studio’s fitness gear from head to toe. So for your friend or roommate who can’t get enough of DC fitness, we rounded up some favorite tanks, hoodies, and more stocking stuffers that can only be found at local studios.
We love top-of-the-line, high-end workout gear as much as anyone, but not the $100-plus price tags that often come along with it. But we come bearing good news: This holiday season you don’t have to fork over your entire paycheck to buy your workout buddies legit fitness clothes. We did the legwork for you, scouring top fitness brands for awesome gear that costs as little as $10 and no more than $50. Happy shopping!
Washingtonian Holiday Gift Guide 2013
If you missed out on all those Black Friday deals this weekend, no worries—that’s what Cyber Monday is for. Local gyms, studios, and fitness apparel stores are offering some pretty great online discounts on memberships, classes, and more. Whether you’re doing the online shopping for yourself or for the fitness fanatic in your life, there’s bound to be something for everyone on this list.
Discounted rides at Ride DC
Buy five drop-in rides for $75 (original price $100) at the new indoor cycling studio Ride DC on 14th Street (formerly Peloton DC). Enter CYBERMONDAY at checkout.
30 percent off at City Sports
Take 30 percent off all purchases at citysports.com by entering the code CYBER30 at checkout.
10 percent off at Fuse Pilates
The Dupont Circle Pilates studio is offering 10 percent discounts on any individual or class package (excluding workshops, private sessions, and unlimited passes). Enter CYBER2013 at checkout.
Free race entry at Pacers Running Stores
From December 2 until January 15, if you buy a pair of Mizuno shoes you’ll receive a free race entry up to $40. You can buy the shoes in store or online.
Discounts at Extend Yoga
Extend Yoga is offering a variety of Cyber Monday deals on class packages, one-year memberships, and gift certificates. Receive a $100 gift certificate for $75, 15 percent off class packages, and more.
Though we’re still more than a month away from official winter, the cold, windy weather has already moved our workouts indoors.
But as we learned before, it has to be really cold before it’s actually dangerous to exercise outdoors. In the meantime, this new cold-weather running gear from Nike, Under Armour, and more has got us covered—literally—from head to toe.
A couple in Arlington has designed a running T-shirt to raise money for those affected by the September shooting at Navy Yard that left 12 dead and eight wounded.
Jennifer K., a contractor, was working on the third floor of building 197 when the shootings occurred on September 16. She was able to escape from a nearby emergency exit. Her mother, who also works at Navy Yard, was on vacation.
The Reebok store in Georgetown is officially open for business.
Dubbed the Fit Hub, Reebok has replaced the Adidas store at 1251 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. It’s approximately 3,000 square feet and joins a slew of other stores in Georgetown offering workout gear, free in-store workouts, and more.
Well+Being stopped by this morning to check out Reebok’s new digs. Here’s what you can expect.
1) Clothes for every sport
Although Reebok is an official sponsor of the CrossFit Games, you won’t just find CrossFit clothing for sale. The store is divided into sections based on your favorite workout: running, training, yoga, CrossFit, dance, and everyday apparel.
In case you haven’t already figured out by all of the pink in stores, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As usual, tons of fitness brands have partnered with various breast cancer awareness organizations this year. Buy one of their themed products and the company will donate a portion of its sales to the cause. Here our are top picks.
1. Under Armour Pip Touch ¾ Tee, $45
Under Armour’s Power in Pink line celebrates survivors and women with breast cancer who use fitness and exercise in the fight against breast cancer. UA will donate a minimum of $500,000 to various breast cancer centers and charities through the sale of its product line.