A Fitting Promise

Great classes and trainers to help keep that New Year’s resolution.

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It’s a new year and time for a new, fitter you. Yes, we know, you’ve said it before—who hasn’t?—but this time you really mean it. Before you dive in, be mindful that your body needs to catch up with your newfound can-do spirit; exercise can be painful if you jump in too soon, too quickly. Consider that beginner cycling class or Pilates 
session you’ve been eyeing, and save the high-impact stuff for when you build up a little more stamina. These studios offer intro classes and mom-friendly workouts to get you back into the swing of an exercise program and give you the confidence to get back into tip-top shape.


  • Barre Class

    At Pure Barre
    Locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

    This 55-minute class targets those stubborn 
areas of the body: thighs, butt, abs, 
and arms. Class-goers perform small, 
isometric movements using props such 
as the barre, weights, and rubber balls. 
Best of all: The workout is 
high-intensity yet low-impact. 

    Cost: $25 per class; $250 for one month 
of unlimited classes for new moms.

  • Intro to Sculpt

    At Sculpt DC

    950 F St., NW
; 202-885-9950

    For those looking to ride the indoor cycling craze, head to Sculpt DC for a 20-minute intro class. An instructor will give you the lowdown on proper form and how to set up your bike, which is followed by 
a brief spin session. Sculpt DC also doubles as a yoga studio and offers both beginner’s and restorative 
yoga for those looking to relieve stress and tension. 

    Cost: Free for the intro class; 
$20 for drop-in yoga.

  • Body Back

    At Fit4Mom 

    Locations in Maryland, and Virginia

    Fit4Mom classes help moms get back their 
pre-pregnancy bodies. The eight-week program involves two high-intensity workouts per week, 
before-and-after fitness assessments, online coaching, and a meal plan. New moms can also try the 60-minute cardio and strength-training Stroller Strides workout or the Stroller Barre class.

    Cost: $369 for eight weeks.

  • Fuse Foundations

    At Fuse Pilates

    2008 Hillyer Pl., NW
; 202-525-3767

    Work on your core during a Foundations class at this Dupont Circle studio. The 55-minute session is 
geared toward beginners and builds up strength and stamina by offering variations on more challenging exercises. After a few sessions, consider the Meet the Machines course, which takes away the intimidation 
of a typical Pilates reformer machine. 

    Cost: $19 to $40 per class.

Personal Trainers:

These personal trainers 
will work with you to meet any fitness goal, whether you 
want to run a half marathon 
in six months or drop a 
dress size in two weeks. 

  • Aaron Sterling


    He’s trained a long list of 
Washington elite, including New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and dermatologist 
Tina Alster. Sterling works with clients in his private, three-story studio in Adams Morgan. 

  • Deanna Jefferson
; 301-221-8640

    You’ll find her leading hundreds of fitness fanatics at Nike Georgetown on Monday nights or training 
media clients such as BET CEO Debra Lee at her studio, Fab Body Factory in Upper Marlboro. 

  • Elizabeth Brooks
; 202-399-3160

    The mother of two trains at 
Effervescence, her private studio 
on H Street, Northeast. 
She’s also certified in kickboxing. 

  • Errick McAdams
; 347-731-2740

    The Lululemon ambassador 
was 40 pounds overweight before becoming a personal trainer. 
He’s known for bringing a positive 
attitude to his training sessions, which are held outdoors in 
Meridian Hill Park or in his 
Adams Morgan studio. 

  • Laurent Amzallag
; 301-367-3234

    The former fitness expert for 
Oprah’s Live Your Best Life tour, Amzallag draws large crowds to his energetic Yala workouts, which incorporate dancing and music 
with a French and Latin twist.