4 Fitness Classes to Reboot Your Workout

Whether you’re training for the Marine Corps Marathon or just need a new challenge, these classes will add a healthy dose of fun to your fitness routine.

By: Melissa Romero

If you like barre . . . try SUP Fitness

Standup paddleboarding is a great workout on its own, but add pushups and planks and you’ve got the greatest balancing act ever. SUP Fitness is the newest class offered by Key Bridge Boathouse, along the Potomac River. Find your sea legs during a quick paddle session, then start the 75 minutes of boot camp—think mountain climbers, lunges, and paddle sprints—on the water.

Why you’ll like it:

As you try to squat on a board without tipping over, you’ll experience the same leg-shaking that happens at the barre. The next day, you’ll feel the results in the same muscles, from your quads to your triceps to your core.

Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water St., NW; 202-337-9642. $35.

If you like CrossFit . . . try Soldierfit

At Soldierfit boot camps, personal trainers, many of them military vets, coach “troops” through an hourlong, full-body workout with kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, and sleds. All fitness levels are welcome; trainers provide modifications for every exercise and pair you with a “battle buddy.”

Why you’ll like it:

As with CrossFit, Soldierfit will push you, but without the competitive atmosphere. Soldierfit fosters camaraderie as 20 of you—from teens to moms to athletes, all dressed in Soldierfit T-shirts—slog through another set of pushups.

Rockville, 301-302-2326; Gaithersburg, 301-407-1800; Frederick, 240-457-4630; Chantilly, 240-751-6776. First session is free; monthlong memberships start at $69.

If you like triathlons . . . try Off Road Brick

If training solo for your next triathlon is unappealing, head to Off Road on DC’s U Street to sweat it out with a group of fellow triathletes. The Off Road Brick class begins with 30 to 45 minutes in the cycling studio with instructor Tammar Berger, followed by an outdoor run with coach Kristi Martin. You have the option of running one, two, or three miles.

Why you’ll like it:

In an hour and 15 minutes, you’ll get two workouts in one, perfect for the triathlete who normally squeezes in multiple training sessions a day. And whether you’re preparing for your first triathlon or your fifth, you’re sure to meet some future training partners.

Off Road, 905 U St., NW; 202-681-1319. $20.

If you like yoga . . . try Yoga Hikes DC

Yoga enthusiasts and out-doorsy types come together to explore DC’s hidden trails during an hour and a half to two hours of hiking and yoga. Yoga instructor Danielle Reyes leads the quick-paced hikes through Rock Creek Park, Dumbarton Oaks, or Dupont Circle, stopping at various points to perform 15 minutes of yoga.

Why you’ll like it:

The cardio workout from hiking will loosen your muscles for a deeper bend or stretch while you’re in “downward dog” or “warrior II” pose. The yoga/hiking combo is also a welcome break for runners’ muscles that suffer wear and tear during fall race season.

Yoga Hikes DC, 202-670-6120. $25.

This article appears in the September 2013 issue of Washingtonian.