If there’s one thing I’ve learned over these last few months, it’s that progress with fitness takes a lot of time—there are no instant results—and a lot of dedication, but that it’s 100% percent worth it. The feeling of hitting a milestone like fitting into clothes you haven’t fit into for a few years is the perfect illustration of that.
Meet May’s squad member: Raffi Umanzor! Rafael is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at VIDA Fitness U Street who’s well-known for his intense indoor cycle classes. In fact, Raffi’s classes are so popular that they’re always full — people even arrive up to an hour early to snag a seat!
One of the counter-intuitive things I’ve learned about fitness is the more fit you are and the more lean mass you have, the more calories your body needs to fuel your metabolism and maintain muscle.
If you have ever had any form of deep tissue massage you can recognize the benefits (and discomfort) associated with foam rolling. Our muscles are surrounded by fascia, or myofascia, which is a thin, elastic, fibrous connective tissue (the white stuff that holds your meat together). When your muscles get “tight” this tissue tenses up and creates “knots” which must be released. So, in both a massage, and in foam rolling, we are kneeding the knots to help release tension and pressure.
Too often, those of the fitness community set their sights on black-and-white goals without considering the other, and sometimes more important, adaptations to weight training. Sure, when done properly, weight training will get you bigger arms, broader shoulders, and a tighter look, but those hours spent sweating it out in the gym result in much deeper changes that often go unrecognized.
Once again VIDA Fitness has been named the best gym in Washington, D.C.! In the Washington City Paper’s annual “Best of D.C.” poll, Washingtonians voted VIDA as the place to get your sweat on in the District. We’re proud to be selected as the best gym in D.C. for the second year in a row!
VIDA’s 4th annual fundraiser and silent auction is quickly approaching. This year’s event is taking place Friday, May 11 from 6–9 p.m. at the Penthouse Pool Club at The Yards. Best of all, 100 percent of ticket sales, cash bar revenue, and silent auction sales will be donated to Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization working toward ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Just had my latest bi-weekly weigh-in and InBody assessment with VIDA Registered Dietitian Addie Claire Merletti and I’m super excited to report that my hard work over these last two weeks since she and I last met is continuing to work!
Sun, fun, and fitness. Sound like your idea of a good time? Us too! That’s why we’re so excited about our first-ever VIDA Vacation in St. Lucia at The BodyHoliday resort, taking place from Wednesday, May 16 to Sunday, May 20. Our exclusive package includes unlimited fitness classes, food, drinks, and more!
Tyler Bridegan has been a VIDA member for less than a year, but he’s already seeing major results. The 27-year-old attorney has dropped more than 50 lbs and has substantially lowered his body fat percentage — and he’s just getting started!