We’ve got a big weekend coming up, so this week the focus is going to be on a bit of preventative maintenance. We need to make sure everything we’ve got fits into those patriotic articles of clothing we’ll be donning for Independence Day festivities. One last push to ensure that your liberty-themed pool parties feature the best version of you. Not that looks are everything, but I hear vanity was a big reason our forefathers broke away from England. I mean, have you seen the hair they were rocking those days? Narcissism is the bedrock of our nation. Let’s get working.
We’ve featured the free fitness classes at Yards Park on The Week in Outside before, but not for the free-flowing aerobic workout that is Zumba. I’ve done some Zumba before, in fact I’m in a rather embarrassing video being interviewed about it, but I still can’t really differentiate it from Jazzercise, or BodyJam, or any of the other dance-related programs. All I know is that I was dripping with sweat after 15 minutes, and that’s what we’re looking for today. We might be dripping regardless, though. Rain is definitely in the forecast today, but if we’re in the clear at 7 p.m., head down to the Riverfront and enjoy this free class from Balance Gym.
Sunshine returns in some measure tomorrow, and so we’ve got a new rooftop activity to make the most of it on Wednesday. The new Atlantic Plumbing building right next to 9:30 Club hosts both a Fire Lotus Flow yoga class and a spin class on Wednesday evenings, and your first class is free! Pick your patriotic preparatory poison: Yoga at 6:30 p.m., Spin at 7 p.m., and sign up for your free class here! Maybe you can see that crappy Independence Day sequel in the theater downstairs once you’re done.
Another frequent flyer on our Week in Outside series, Golden Triangle DC has had a great amount of success with their three-day-a-week free fitness classes. Their Pilates class is among the most popular. Meeting on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in Farragut Park, just bring your mat and hydration materials, and enjoy an hour-long workout led by certified instructors. You can preregister on their site.
Probably the coolest thing on the list for this week, but definitely a niche activity. Strap some wheels to your feet on Friday night, because you’ll be rolling from the White House and through the streets of D.C. down to Penn Quarter with fellow roller and inline skaters. It’s part of the Skate of the Union event happening all throughout the weekend, which benefits Special Olympics Virginia and the DC Inner City Excellence. That’s pretty awesome. This one meets in front of Obama’s house at 7 p.m.
We’re under the impression that some of you may be starting your Independence Day festivities early this weekend, so we’ll need to get the exercise out of the way in the morning on Saturday. So how about a two-hour morning pedal that rewards you with some of the most scenic views in the city? BicycleSpace, voted the best bike shop in D.C. by Washington City Paper, brings you their “Hills of Anacostia” ride, that kicks of at 8:30 a.m. from 440 K St. Northwest. They’ve got a no-drop policy, the ride will be brisk 10-15 mph pace with undulating hills to the east of the river. They have a Facebook group with more information. Afterwards, go meet your friends for brunch and do some daytime America stuff.
Did you wake up this morning? Good for you. I’ll be in bed, but I admire your dedication. Get out there and make some new friends on a free 5-miler with this group from Adams Morgan. Meet at the storefront at 1841 Columbia Rd. Northwest at 9 a.m. The run will include sunny city streets and shady trails along Rock Creek Park. I really don’t know how you made it this far, but you did it. Now eat some burgers and drink some “America” (*cringe*) and enjoy the extra day off.