Stretch Out and Spin Yourself Fit

Mixing up your workouts is always a good thing. Our muscles, unlike our brains, work better when they are confused and Del Ray (a cute neighborhood in Alexandria, VA) has two great options that local Northern Virginians should check out. Owned by the same folks but set in two different buildings near each other are a spin studio and barre studio. A friend and I used coupon codes to try a few classes to see if we like the instructors, the classes, times offered and the physical space. Thumbs up to all of the above in my book.


The spin studio–Swēt Ride–is a great little cycling studio. I attended three classes and was pumped that the classes provided clip shoes. I was very excited given that it was my first time using clips. Yep, haven’t quite graduated yet.  It did take me some time to get one to clip in and one of the assistants had to help me, but the next few times were easy (and what a difference it made with the biking). imageAt your first session you get fitted for your seat and handlebars and the studio sends you a postcard with the information written down (not sure why they don’t just give it to you on the spot, but mail can be special so there may be some marketing rationale to that practice). imagePost-workout you get an ice-cold towel infused with peppermint oil–it’s amazing! For the barre class it also doubles as an antibacterial so you can use the opposite side to wipe down your mat. And the last cool feature about this place is that you get your ride stats emailed to you post-workout (I posted one below). I was getting competitive with myself in just the three classes I attended trying to outdo the session before. Genius idea!

imageimage imageThe barre studio–Barre Tech–I really loved. I had only taken one barre class prior at another studio but felt that it was too easy. My sister-in-law raves about the one she attends in Los Angeles, so I knew I had to give it another shot. Well, I was impressed. As a runner I often overlook smaller muscle groups and these classes find ways to work those little muscles we forget exist. It also focuses on stretching and balance.  My core feels stronger after taking these classes and I’ve found that incorporating routines from both the mat and the barre provide greater variety to keep me engaged throughout the workout. I also love the incorporation of ballet moves–even though I’ve never been a dancer–as it makes me feel beautiful and strong all at once.

So all in all, success with these two gems and I will be returning to them both.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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