If you want to turn on a current — or potential — mate for Valentine’s Day, skip the skimpy underwear and other romantic cliches. Instead, sign up for one of these events designed to make you sweat. The resulting pheromones will smell more enticing than any fancy dinner.
Just like love, Pacers’ Love the Run You’re With 5K ($40) has confusing rules. Runners declare a Facebook-esque relationship status that determines bib color: single (Stupid Cupid), in a relationship (Co-Dependent) or it’s complicated (Love ’Em or Leave ’Em). Any two people who share a status can team up for the chance to win special prizes. And anyone who runs gets to take home a snuggly blanket souvenir. The dash starts at 9 a.m. Sunday at Pentagon Row.
Shall We Dance?
Buddy up for the debut of Valentine’s Day Zumba at Jordin’s Paradise (1215 Connecticut Ave. NW, Jordinsparadise.com). Tickets for Saturday’s evening of Latin dance are $22 for two, and, appropriately, are good for two hours of shaking, shimmying and stepping. Be there by 8:30 p.m. and wear red.
Don’t get too sore because you’ll want to recover by Feb. 15, when Joy of Motion (Joyofmotion.org) throws its annual Single Ladies Workshop ($25-$30, 7 p.m., 1333 H St. NE). It’s your chance to channel Beyonce — the Super Bowl halftime version, not the lip-sync inaugural one.
Stuck in your ways? A partner yoga class can help you find a new way to approach your relationship. Dynamic duos — of any kind — are invited to Down Dog Yoga (12973 Highland Crossing Drive, Herndon, Va.; Downdogyoga.com) at 1 p.m. Saturday for a two-hour workshop. It’s $35 per participant.
Past Tense (3253 Mount Pleasant St. NW, Pasttensestudio.com) is getting into the mood at 7:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day with YogAmore, a singles-only class taught by dating coach Jeffrey Platts ($15). And at 4 p.m. Feb. 16, there’s a practice for people who have already found paramours, featuring massage techniques ($30 per couple).
Instead of going to the bar, try the Bar Method (750 9th St. NW, Dc.barmethod.com). Date night is at 8 p.m. this Friday ($24 per person) at the ballet conditioning-inspired workout studio. Couples are invited to exercise side by side and then mingle over snacks and drinks.