The class was definitely more challenging than I thought it would be! Two thumbs up – we’ll definitely be back for more.
She constantly helped each student make minor adjustments to improve our posture and (un)fortunately to feel the pain even more. For me, she helped me to use less of my legs and glutes, and focus more on my transverse abdominals (muscles that wrap around lower abs) and open up my hips.
Once we got inside, I was super impressed with all the cool equipment they had available. The “Total Body” class was a really fun mix of body weight exercises, kettlebells, free weights, and TRX suspension work. Overall it was a fantastic workout and I’m already looking forward to going back on Friday. Definitely check them out!
In addition to the fun “urban athlete” classes that I love so much, Urban Athletic Club offers OutRuns in the spring and summer, which are 3ish mile runs around DC with a bunch of bootcamp workouts thrown in.
This fast-paced class will definitely test all facets of your fitness and bring you back to your childhood while you work your way across the monkey bars. Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness level, gain strength or speed, or just want to feel better, this class is a must!
There are a lot of things that I liked about this class. The class is 50 minutes but you are moving, lifting, and jumping for at least 30 minutes with rests in between. The specific exercises were great too, again emphasizing strength, hip mobility and power. Deadlifts, burpees, and thrusters are a few of the exercises we did. These are tough exercises that, if done properly, have great benefits. Because you are using a lot of muscles at the same time, you end up burning a lot more calories.
Interview with Chris Wascak.
What sets an "urban athlete" class apart from other forms of weightlifting? Or what about other forms of endurance conditioning?
What sets us apart is the format, the coaching, and our Four Core Principles: Low Tech/High Yield, Planned and Repeated; Quality Over Quantity, and Come Back Tomorrow.
Graham, the founder and owner of Urban Athletic Club, led our group through a 4-4.5 mile loop starting in Georgetown. He kept the pace speedy and immediately challenged us by adding two sandbags to the mix. Each of us had to take turns carrying the 20 lb or 30 lb sandbag on our shoulders while we ran ←ouch.
OutRun, as usual, was a fun mix of running and boot camp exercises. We spent most of the time back in the (very hilly – oof!) trails in Georgetown – hard to believe these gorgeous wooded areas are right in the middle of the city!
This week was about a 4 mile loop, stopping every 1/2 mile or so and doing strength training (burpees, squats, pushups, lunges, sprints) <– I’d love to see what I look like doing a burpee. Because ending a sweaty and humid run in a water fountain just seems like a genius idea. I think I need to find a fountain to end all of my future runs at.
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"For something different, you can train free until May 31 at the new Roam Fitness (www.roamfitnessdc.com) in Glover Park, a gym focused on getting clients out into the city as much as possible. Give it a try by tagging along for an OutRun — a group training run with breaks that focus on strength building exercises."
Outstanding Physical Challenge with OutRun Offered by Roam Fitness
"We stopped first near a beautiful fountain for box jumps and tri-dips. After this point, we jogged to some trails (never knew they were there – it’s a workout combined with a running tour!) and after pausing for some lunge-jump-switch maneuvers proceeded to run up a serious hill. The running up hills part was definitely the most challenging for me. It takes serious determination to keep up.
The Roam Fitness Outrun
"The Outruns I participated in were about 3.5 miles long. Chris told me the distances were typical, but that some classes may cover as many as five miles depending on the group and course. Like I said before, the scenery was solid. There were many subtleties that made the run more fun than the average jog through the neighborhood.
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“Our motto, Fitness Without Boundaries, stems from the belief that health and wellness should not be confined to the four walls of a gym,” King tells us.