It’s hard to believe Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, is turning 55 in July. Especially when he’s performing a set of explosive burpees and 360-degree squat jumps in front of you at 8 AM.
“I’m actually pretty tired,” Horton admitted before the outdoor workout began. He had just finished filming another set of workout DVDs for P90X and is about to embark on another worldwide tour.
But not before giving DC a serious lesson in high-intensity, functional training. For the second time since September, Horton brought his grueling P90X workout to the outdoor plaza of the Embassy of Canada as part of the embassy’s efforts to promote health and fitness. On Tuesday morning, I found myself doing more pushups and planks than I can remember alongside 100-plus diplomats, military service members, and the DC Metropolitan Police Department.
Vida Fitness’s cycling class left me feeling like most spin classes do: sweaty and exhausted. But there were a couple major differences: It lacked the claustrophobic conditions typical of small cycling studios, and sunscreen application was just as important as hydration. The class, after all, takes place outdoors.
Vida Fitness on U Street is the first gym in the area to offer cycling classes on a rooftop. For those tired of riding in the dark, the outdoor stationary cycling class is a nice alternative just in time for summer in Washington.
Race season is upon us, and to get local athletes ready for the first Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington next month, the company has started both a running club and a training club out of its Georgetown store. We stopped by the Nike Training Club—or NTC, to those in the know—on Monday night to give the workout a try. An hour later we were sweaty and thoroughly exhausted, as we’re told we were supposed to be. “When you leave, I want you to feel like you can’t do one more pushup or one more squat, like you can’t jump one more time,” the instructor told us afterward.
NTC has met Mondays at 8 PM since January, and each workout is run by a pair of local trainers. Throughout March, Deanna Jefferson and Chris Perrin administer the torture—they’ll be replaced come April but will be back later in the year, as each of Nike’s three pairs of trainers works for a month at a time. This means that the class varies week to week, but it’s always a mix of strength and cardio that works several muscle groups.
Messy. Messy, and interesting--those were the first words that came to mind after trying a neti pot for the first time. But more on that in a moment.
Although nasal irrigation is a centuries-old custom and saline is a well-known sterilization method, the neti pot is enjoying a curious revival of late. According to the brochure enclosed with the model I bought, this ancient nasal cleansing method is one of six purification practices used to prepare the body for yogic practices. In recent years, it's seen a resurgence among Western cultures for its ability to clear pollen and other airborne irritants that send us into a day-disrupting allergic fit.
"I've been in practice for more than 20 years, and back when we were in residency we trained and instructed people to do salt-water irrigations, so to me, it's how things have always been," says otolaryngologist Eric J. Furst. "But people are definitely coming in and asking about it more."
There are so many yoga studios in Washington that we barely bat an eye when yet another one opens. But the newest spot to join the ranks, Dupont Circle's Epic Yoga, is already impressing yogis who walk into its expansive 5,000-square-foot space above Mad Hatter and Yola DC.
Living up to its name, Epic Yoga boasts three practicing studios dedicated to yoga, barre yoga, and recovery, respectively. Exposed brick and hardwood floors are found in every room, and plenty of natural light shines through the windows and skylights. The reception area offers wi-fi and space for yoga happy hours, and in the future will include a juice bar cafe and retail boutique with yoga clothes, jewelry, and locally-made candles. His and her locker rooms includes showers and space to change and freshen up after a class.