Bits from Fit: A Workout With Bounce


TRAMPOLINES SHOULD NOT BE WASTED on the young. This is what we discovered while researching adult gymnastics classes for this week’s Fit section in today’s print edition. At a class at Preston Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, we saw a mom of three do a triple flip, and we decided that this has to be the awesomest workout ever. Another student, former personal trainer Mani Hassan, agreed: “It’s great for weight loss, stamina, speed. It’s the best thing out there.”

» RUNNING FOR CONGRESS: If you see an awful lot of sneakers around Capitol Hill today, it could be that staffers are squeezing in some last-minute training for tomorrow’s ACLI Capital Challenge. Tons of politicians, executive-branch folk, journalists and their minions will be racing a 5K on Anacostia Drive. And even if they’re not all speed demons, they’ve got some entertaining team names. We’re particularly partial to US News & World Report‘s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Gimp.” Another team is gonna be led by Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., whose amateur baseball player’s tushie is pictured here in a photo provided by his office. Kingston happens to be featured in our “Running for Congress” profile in today’s print edition (which you can find out on the racks or download in PDF format at the top of this page).

» YOGA: Last week in Fit, we gave y’all the scoop on the first D.C. Yoga Week. The free and $5 classes continue through Friday, but if you’ve gotten addicted to the affordable exercise, you’re in luck. This Saturday happens to be Pilates Day. At least four local studios are giving away classes to celebrate:
American Dance Institute: A demonstration at 1:30 p.m. to live percussion music, followed by a 2:30 mat class
Somafit: Tons o’ classes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., along with discounts on Pilates packages
Balance Studio: An open house filled with classes between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Circle Yoga: Four free classes between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

» GYM NEWS: Also, in random fitness news, the DCJCC‘s Henry S. Reich Health and Fitness Center is finally giving in to its early risers. It had closed early on Fridays and then not reopened until noon on Saturdays, which was weird, because if they were going to close for Shabbat, then why open at all on Saturday? It was the source of many a complaint from members eager to sweat Saturday mornings. But those people can stop kvetching now that the gym will open at 8 a.m. so they can burn calories before brunch.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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