Washingtonian Fit Fest: A Day of Wellness for Washingtonian Women


Washingtonian is excited to offer a variety of fitness classes at this year’s Fit Fest. Most classes have limited space, so we encourage pre-registration. You will be allowed to register for a maximum of three classes. If classes are not at capacity, walk-ins are welcome at the event.
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**Lunch provided by Whole Foods Market Tenley

Class schedule subject to change.


Yoga with Sima Tamaddon: The founder of Rx'd Yoga, who teaches regularly at Spark Yoga and Ballston CrossFit, Tamaddon began her yoga practice reluctantly, after a severe car accident in 1999 limited her mobility. 15 years later, her class will be marked by a laid-back flow that's a hit among beginners and practiced yogis alike.

Barre with Lava Barre: Created by a pair of experienced barre instructors, Lava Barre is known for mixing traditional ballet-based moves with other types of exercises (hello, burpees).

Bootcamp with Ingrid Nelson: Voted best personal trainer in the area by Washingtonian readers last year, Nelson is among the most popular instructors in Nike Georgetown's Bootcamp rotation. Expect her full-body, high-intensity workout to leave you sweaty.

Trail Run with Run Farther and Faster: Local running coaches, marathoners, and mothers Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper will lead a mild-paced trail run beginning and ending at AU’s Bender Auditorium.


Pilates with Sculpt Studio: The Bethesda studio known for its use of the Lagree Fitness Method provides slow, calculated, full-body workouts on its Megaformer machines.

Spinning with Zengo Cycle: The studio with outposts in Bethesda and Logan Circle blends spinning with basic weight training and stretching to work out more than just the bottom half.

Barre with Barre Tech: The studio with locations in Arlington and Alexandria utilizes ballet-barre techniques as well as those familiar to practicioners of Pilates and yoga for controlled—and tough—technique-based sculpting.

Yoga with Dancing Mind: The Falls Church studio that offers Crossfit and cycling as well as yoga aims to both inspire and empower—expect owner Paula Baake to deliver an intense power-yoga session.


Barre with Spark Yoga: The Arlington studio we love so much for its aerial-yoga classes will offer barre basics. Expect technique tips and intense intervals to stretch and strengthen hips, abs, thighs, and glutes.

Spinning with Zengo Cycle: The studio with outposts in Bethesda and Logan Circle blends spinning with basic weight training and stretching to work out more than just the bottom half.

Pilates with Fuse Pilates: The Fuse Pilates Playground, located in a historic mansion in Dupont, offers a variety of classes for those interested in cardio, mat, reformer, and chair Pilates. Expect a mat session focused on balanced strength and flexibility.

Fitness Dance with Sports Club/LA: Sports Club/LA located in the heart of downtown DC offering 100,00 square feet of state-of-the-art equipment and offers a variety of classes. Expect to burn calories while enjoying current dance moves based on street dance and popular music videos. These dance routines will help build your repertoire, stimulate your mind, and challenge your body.


Pilates with Chauna Bryant: The instructor who brought you Pilates on the Patio at Poste is used to teaching classes for students at all levels—focused on breath, balance, control, and precision, among other principles.

Pole Dancing with Divas and Dolls: Based in Temple Hills, Maryland, Divas and Dolls offers a range of dance-fitness classes. This pole-dancing class will introduce newcomers to the exercise trend, popular for using isometric movements for full-body toning.

Yoga with Justin Blazejewski: A certified Acro Yoga instructor who took up his practice to treat a back injury suffered during his time in the Marine Corps, Blazejewki is known for the playfulness and therapeutic effects of his acrobatic classes.

Crossfit with Dancing Mind: Follow your 11 AM yoga session with a strength-building CrossFit workout offered by this versatile Falls Church studio. Expect an introduction to CrossFit that will include simple but taxing exercises of various muscle groups.

Exercise Panel:

Steve Bernstein, MD
An orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine, Bernstein works particularly on knees and shoulders at Summit Orthopedics. He also provides medical coverage for the St. Louis Cardinals during spring training.

Matthew Buchanan, MD
An orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in feet and ankles, Buchanan is a consultant to the Washington Ballet and a clinical professor at Georgetown School of Medicine in addition to practicing with the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center.

Skye Donovan, PT, PHD, OCS
A professor of physical therapy at Marymount University, Donovan teaches anatomy and exercise physiology and has 11 years of sports-medicine experience. She also helps the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Team in Training marathon coach.

Michael Lin
Voted one of the best personal trainers by the Washingtonian, Lin owns VERVE Health & Fitness and CrossFit Rosslyn, and is the premier training source for The Four Seasons Georgetown and Mandarin Oriental. Coaching A-list celebrities and the Beltway's nine-to-fivers alike, his passion and team-approach to training has been lauded by Shape, WebMD, the Washington Post and more. Lin also finished in the top 1% worldwide in his age group at the CrossFit Games open competition this year.

Kaitlin Sheedy
A collegiate runner at Tufts, Sheedy now works in public policy and volunteers with TeensRunDC—but she somehow manages to fit in substantial training too—enough to win the Nike Women's Half Marathon DC in April.

Diet/Nutrition Panel:

Cathal Armstrong
The chef behind Restaurant Eve and others is an advocate for healthy school lunches and mindful eating by adults, including his own.

Ann Gerber
A registered dietitian, Gerber specializing in childhood, adolescent, and adult weight management.

Errick McAdams
After his 40-pound weight loss, McAdams became a personal trainer, offering private sessions throughout DC.

Faye Berger Mitchell
A nutritionist specializing in overcoming eating disorders, Mitchell just started a website aimed at helping college students stay healthy.