Four More Sore Years

Salute the very fit first family at these inaugural workouts

January 15, 2013

Michelle Obama’s probably too busy this weekend to attend these events.

If this presidential inauguration is anything like the one four years ago, it’ll involve lots of standing on the Mall — and in line at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Want more exercise this time? Try one of these events before the swearing-in. (In a nod to democracy, all are open to the public.)

The Inaugural Workout

Results Gym, 315 G St. SE; Sat., 2-5 p.m.; $40; 202-234-5678; to sign up, email Harolds@resultsthegym.com

“There are balls, parties and a parade. There’s so much energy in the city. We need a workout,” Results Gym’s Harold Sanco realized back in 2009. That’s why Clay Grant and Calvin Wiley, Sanco’s two favorite New York-based fitness instructors, will be among the thousands of people descending on Washington this weekend. The plan is to have Grant pump up the crowd with a Body Bar sculpting class, then launch into Wiley’s Calvinography dance class (a blend of modern, jazz and hip-hop). In between, participants will get a break to catch their breath and win raffle prizes.

Living in America

The Sports Club/LA, 1170 22nd St. NW; Sat., 8:30 p.m.; $35 for members, $50 in advance, $75 at the door; Yalafitness.com

This tribute to Michelle Obama is taking her “Let’s Move” directive seriously. After a Lululemon fashion show, Yala creator Laurent Amzallag will lead a sweaty dance workout to tunes inspired by the first lady. “More Than a Woman” is on the playlist, as is “Gangnam Style.” (Psy performed his hit at the White House’s Christmas in Washington benefit.) Expect an appearance by the singer Mya — of “Ghetto Superstar” fame — and a whole lot of ladies showing off their Michelle Obama arms. Stick around for after-party nibbles from Energy Kitchen and low-calorie Bacardi cocktails.

Yoga Ball 2013

St. Francis Hall, 1340 Quincy St. NE; Sun., 4 p.m.; $50 in advance, $60 at the door; Brownpapertickets.com/event/315644

All the state societies have balls, so why not the state of well-being? The D.C. Area Yoga Community, YogaVotes and Off the Mat and Into the World are inviting yogis to “set a positive intention for the new presidential term” by partaking in a two-hour practice led by Faith Hunter, owner of Embrace studio in Adams Morgan. That’ll be followed by a vegetarian meal courtesy of D.C. Central Kitchen, as well as live music, meditation and chanting.

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