CrossFit DC, the first CrossFit affiliate to ever open in DC, is expanding its reach by opening a second location on H Street in spring 2014.
Located at 1364 H Street, Northeast—former home of the H Street Playhouse—the 4,500-square-foot space will maintain an open layout, typical of most CrossFit boxes.
“We do have a few people coming from H Street who lobbied us heavily to look into the neighborhood,” CrossFit DC owner Tom Brose told Well+Being. “We are really excited to join their community.”
In 2005 CrossFit DC became the first affiliate to open in DC and one of the first 50 in the world. Brose first started CrossFit DC at the Kalorama location of Balance Gym, before opening his own box at 1722 14th Street, Northwest, just last February.
Brose says current and new CrossFit DC members will be able to use both facilities when the H Street location opens.
H Street is quickly becoming a hub for CrossFit affiliates. CrossFit Old City recently opened this month at 810 H Street, Northeast.
Bad news, Washingtonians: Maryland and Virginia are less healthy than they were one year ago, according to a new survey.
The United Health Foundation released its 2013 annual report of America's Health Rankings today and while it touted the country in general for an improvement in overall health, our neighbors to the north and south slipped in the rankings. Maryland is the 24th healthiest state, followed by Virginia as the 26th healthiest.
In fact, Maryland and Virginia were two of four states that experienced the largest decline in rank. Both fell four spots from their 2012 rankings.
If you’re sick of ugly holiday sweater parties, we’ve got another idea to put that Goodwill purchase to use: the Ugly Sweater Run.
The 5K race is coming to DC for the first time ever on Saturday, December 21, at the National Harbor, and bringing plenty of perks. Water stations are swapped for hot chocolate along the course, and a knit winter hat and a fake mustache replace the typical race T-shirt.
After the race, each 21-and-over participant will receive two free seasonal drinks, including Samuel Adams Boston and Winter lagers and Angry Orchard apple cider.
The race is for a good cause, too. Runners can donate a new toy on race day to the race’s charity partner, Toys for Tots, which collects toys throughout the year and gives them to less fortunate children during the holiday season.
And don’t forget to check out our roundup of other 2013 holiday races in Washington.
The Ugly Sweater Run. 165 Waterfront St., National Harbor. $44.
Say goodbye to turkey trot season and hello to Santa races. We rounded up some of the best jingle bell runs and Santa-themed 5Ks taking place around Washington this month. Take your pick from a variety of holiday-themed races, from the 12K that comes with eggnog at the finish line to the 5K that takes you on a tour of the Bull Run’s Festival of Lights.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 7, 9 AM
Run or walk a 5K to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. The race begins at the Joyce Star skating rink plaza in Arlington and ends in a party with awards and giveaways. $35 to register until December 4.
2013 YCF Jingle Bell Jog 5K
December 7, 9 AM
Runners 18 years and older can register for the third annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K, which takes places along Bluemont Trail in Arlington. $35 to register.
Snowman Stampede 5K
December 7, 5:30 PM
Check out Bull Run’s Festival of Lights at the Light Up the Night 5K. Following a one-mile Reindeer Run, participants can run another 3.1 miles while getting a tour of the holiday lights. The finish line will feature a North Pole-like holiday village with hot chocolate, cider, gingerbread cookies, and kid-friendly activities. $35 to register.
Run With Santa 5K
December 8, 8:30 AM
Potomac River Running hosts this holiday-themed race at Reston Town Center. Wear your best Santa or elf costume for a chance to win a prize. $35 to register until December 5.
After opening in Adams Morgan earlier this month, Solidcore announced it will open a second location in the Shaw neighborhood in mid-February.
The studio will be located at Seventh and S streets, Northwest. It will join retail, restaurants, offices, and residences at Progression Place, a mixed-use property that stands adjacent to the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.
Solidcore recently opened in Adams Morgan, becoming the first studio to use Megaformer machines and offer the Lagree Fitness Method in Washington. Classes are capped at ten students and include 55 minutes of slow, controlled full-body movements performed on the machines. The Solidcore Shaw studio will be 2,100 square feet and include 12 to 14 Megaformer machines.
Solidcore will join other small boutique fitness studios in Shaw such as Reformation Fitness and Xtend Barre DC, but it will be it the first studio of its kind for the burgeoning neighborhood.
Editor's note: This article has been updated from a previous version.
Ever wondered what good those beat-up running shoes can do? More than you think, thanks to donation programs found in a variety of sporting-goods stores in Washington. Just in time for Thanksgiving, these companies give you the opportunity help those in need with a simple closet clean-out.
Pacers Running Stores
Bring your used athletic shoes to any Pacers location to be donated to MORE Foundation Group. MORE provides training and tools to rural farmers in Ghana using the profits from sales of the used shoes in local economies.
In addition to running shoes, this nonprofit also accepts new or gently used pumps, heels, cleats, flip-flops, you name it—if it goes on your foot, they want it. After processing, shoes are shipped around the world to be sold locally or salvaged for usable materials. You can ship your shoes to one of the organization’s warehouses by purchasing a tax-deductible label online.
Potomac River Running
Look for the ShoeBox Recycling box at Potomac River Running stores for all your used-shoe drop-off needs. Like Soles4Souls, ShoeBox doesn’t discriminate when it comes to styles of footwear. As part of ShoeBox’s SoleMate program, volunteers can compose a special message that will be delivered with their donation, letting them trace the path of their gently worn shoes to their new owners almost anywhere in the world.
3040 M St., NW
Since 1990, the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Program has collected almost 30 million shoes to be ground up and processed into Nike Grind, a synthetic surface for playgrounds, tracks, and sport courts. Bring your used tennies (any brand accepted) to Nike Georgetown, or mail them to the US Grind processing facility at 3552 Avenue of Commerce, Memphis, Tennessee, 38125.
All locations of City Sports host a box to donate worn athletic shoes. Like Pacers, City Sports gives the shoes to MORE Foundation Group, which uses the profits to improve the livelihood of Ghanaians in need.
Confession: Last week I ditched working out four days in a row. Why? It was cold out.
Pathetic, I know. But the blustery winds and lack of sunlight have really hit me hard this year. And sitting on my couch in sweatpants with a cup of tea—okay fine, a glass of wine—just seemed so much more appealing than running in the dark.
After my brief break, I still needed that extra push to get back on track, so I asked some local pros how they stay motivated to hit the gym during the winter months. Read on for their tips, and add your own motivational advice in the comments section.
1) Warm up inside
“Before putting on your cold-weather layers, get some active stretches in,” recommends personal trainer CJ Cross of FitBase. Some leg swings, butt kicks, or jumping jacks before your run or workout will get the blood flowing to your muscles and joints as well as reduce your chance of injury.
2) Go on a workout date
Almost every expert I consulted said having a workout buddy is a foolproof way to stay on track. “Knowing I have someone to meet makes my workout way more fun and means I can’t bail—win-win,” says Anne Mauney, a registered dietitian and runner.
3) Try a new workout
DC Fit Crasher Meaghan Stakelin staves off boredom by trying a different workout every week. “Find a fitness class that sounds fun and try incorporating it into your workout once a week as a special treat to look forward to,” she suggests.
Scared of heights? There’s a race for that.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge run is back next year after an eight-year hiatus and will take 20,000 runners over the 4.35-mile bridge that towers almost 200 feet above the bay.
“There are people who are actually utilizing this race to confront their fear of heights,” says race cofounder Sparrow Rogers. “People have e-mailed us saying, ‘I want to get over my fear of the bridge, and this seems like the way to do it.’”
While millions of runners latched onto the half marathon last year, new research suggests that the 10K may be the new popular distance to tackle.
Researchers at Northwestern University have determined that since 2002, the 6.2-mile race has become increasingly appealing to not just elite runners and high school athletes, but everyday runners, too. Even more, runners are finishing 10Ks at faster times.
There’s no doubt about it: CrossFit is hard. But for Lani Hay, all it takes is one look at the veteran next to her to gain a little perspective.
“I started doing CrossFit about two years ago,” says Hay, CEO of Lanmark Technology. “You go there after work and you’re tired and don’t want to do anything. And you look over to see someone’s who’s missing their limbs and kicking your ass in a workout. You start to think a little more deeply.”