Crash Course In Exercise

Self magazine brings its fitness festival to American University


Self has hosted Workout in the Park, an exercise extravaganza, for 20 years.

Before American University undergrads face their final exams, they’re getting the ultimate study break: Self’s Workout on the Quad.

The campus takeover is a twist on the fitness magazine’s 20-year-old Workout in the Park events, which have introduced thousands of participants to trends in exercise, nutrition and wellness. Self promised to bring the program to whichever school racked up the most points in its new social game, and American bested more than 100 other colleges in the challenge.

So on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to the Eric Friedheim Quadrangle for the free festival. (Valid AU identification will be required.) Attendees can sweat it out through yoga, Pilates, CrossFit and several of the newest workouts from Crunch Fitness. When they need a break, they can sample low-cal snacks and snag beauty samples from such partners as Garnier, Zico, Luna and Victoria’s Secret VSX Sport.

“It’s an amazing way to introduce a new healthy lifestyle,” says Self publisher and vice president Laura McEwen, who loves the idea of encouraging alcohol-free activities on a college campus. McEwen says she’s also excited for the D.C. debut of an event that she sees as emblematic of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.

For 21-year-old Lesley Siu, who promoted the game through her role as editor-in-chief of Her Campus at AU, the event is a chance for her friends to celebrate their victory — and their health.

“It’s going to reinforce that fitness doesn’t have to be boring,” Siu says.

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