Barre Your Way to Better Fitness

Ballet-inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett Imagine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore ... Read More »

FitDC Coach Carrye Brown Looks to the Past for a Healthier Future

by Catherine McCarthy It was a history lesson that made D.C. resident and FitDC Coach Carrye Brown, 63, reconsider what she was eating. “Three years ago, I decided I wanted to know what the enslaved people ate in the Middle Passage,” says Brown, referring to the stage of the Atlantic slave trade where captives were taken by ship to North ... Read More »

Ground Rules for Runners

A Guide for Running on All Terrains by April Thompson Many fitness-seekers run because it’s so simple and adaptable. Running can be done in groups, pairs or alone, with little equipment, skill or planning needed. Anyone can run virtually anytime, anywhere—an indoor treadmill, scenic trail, beach or sidewalk. But all surfaces are not created equal. Recently, opponents of running on ... Read More »

Savvy Cycling

Keep the Hard Knocks Out of Biking by Randy Kambic People are biking more than ever. Recreational bicycling ranked second to running as the favorite outdoor activity among both youths (6 to 24 years old) and adults (25-plus) in a recent Outdoor Industry Association study. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that from 2000 to 2012 the ... Read More »

Yoga for the Bros

Men Find Yoga Builds Fitness by Meredith Montgomery Five thousand years ago, most yoga teachers and students were men. Today, of the 15 million American practitioners, less than a third are males. However, this figure has increased in the past decade, with teachers in some areas reporting a balanced ratio of men and women in their classes. Yet, even as ... Read More »

Lower Your Stress, Lower Your Weight

By Mark Kearns, Ph.D. Chances are you have experienced stress at one point or another in your life—you may be experiencing it right now. You are probably familiar with its commonly known effects such as headaches, digestive difficulties or feelings of irritability, anxiety or overwhelm. You may also know that chronic stress can lead to long-term health problems such as ... Read More »

Cellulite Shrinkers

Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs  by E.C. LaMeaux Unsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might never go away completely, ... Read More »

Powerful You!

by Judith Fertig Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had already reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list multiple times, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story ... Read More »

A New Trend In Personal Training

Customized Workouts 2 Go is a personal trainer in your pocket.  More than an app, it provides access to a certified personal trainer, with whom you will have face time once a month. These workouts provide a new and affordable way to exercise with an expert, with a brand new workout every month customized to meet your individual needs and workout goals. ... Read More »

Level Fitness

Living Level, Obtaining Balance in the Mind, Body and Soul Ten years ago in the heart of Cabin John, a little gym first opened its doors to invite members of the Cabin John, Potomac, North Potomac and Bethesda communities to obtain better lives through fitness in an environment one can only describe as unique. Level, A Unique Fitness Club, aptly ... Read More »