Fitness in Your Backyard Starts NOW!

You’ve been asking for more fitness opportunities and your wish is our command!

Join us starting August 3 in YOUR BACKYARD … rather, in the Eastland Gardens/Kenilworth community for some varied fitness activities on your schedule.

Sessions are free and open to youth to seniors.

Attendees will practice yoga, Zumba, bootcamp, bicycling, nature walks and self-led exercise (and more) with a certified fitness instructor. All sessions will offer modifications for various levels and are open to all (beginner to advanced).

coach1Check this page daily for updates on where to meet and what session is going on and any changes. Email zumbawithz at gmail dot com to receive updates via email or send your cell phone number so you can get updates via text.

See you Thursday for our kick off class!

EVENING: Thursday, August 4, 2017 at 7:15p:
Zumba with Z – in the parking lot of the Kenilworth Parkside Park, adjacent to the tennis courts.

MORNING: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 8a:
Bootcamp with Chuck T – Kenilworth Parkside Park running track (mats will be provided)

EVENING: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:15p:
Zumba with Z – Kenilworth Park covered cookout pavilion near track

MORNING: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:15a:
BYOE (Bring Your Own Exercises) with Z – the beginning of the Anacostia walking trail where the cement benches are at Lee and 40th and Anacostia Ave. (where the two new homes are) (mats will be provided)

MORNING: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 6:15a:
LOCATION CHANGE: Yoga & Stretch with Shirley C – the beginning of the Anacostia walking trail where the cement benches are at Lee and 40th and Anacostia Ave. (where the two new homes are) (mats will be provided)

EVENING: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:15p:
Combo session – BYOE (Bring Your Own Exercises) and Zumba with Z – Kenilworth Recreation Center senior room courtyard (bring two exercise moves) (mats will be provided)

MORNING: Thursday, August 10 at 8a:
Intermediate bicycling with Chuck T – Anacostia River Trail. Meet at cement benches at Lee and 40th and Anacostia Ave (where the two new homes are) (bring your own bike)

MORNING: Friday, August 11 at 7:30a:
LOCATION/ACTIVITY CHANGE: Nature walk with Chuck T – Meet at Anacostia River Trail entrance at the stone benches at Lee St., 40th St., and Anacostia Ave (where the two new homes are)

MORNING: Saturday, August 12 at 8a:
Bootcamp with Chuck T: Kenilworth Parkside Park running track

CANCELED: MORNING: Sunday, August 13 at 7a:
Light yoga and early morning stretching with Shirley C – Kenilworth Parkside Park – far north of track (mats will be provide)

MORNING: Monday, August 14 at 6:15a
BYO fitness with Z Aquatic Gardens parking lot, entry grass area (bring two exercise moves) (mats will be provided)

CANCELED: MORNING: Tuesday, August 15 at 6:15a
Light yoga and early morning stretching with Shirley C – Kenilworth Parkside Park – far north of track (mats will be provided)

JUST ADDED: EVENING: Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30p
Zumba with Z at Kenilworth Recreation Center senior room courtyard

CANCELED: MORNING: Thursday, August 17 at 8a
Intermediate biking with Chuck T: Anacostia River Trail. Meet at cement benches at Lee and 40th and Anacostia Ave (where the two new homes are) (bring your own bike)

JUST UPDATED: EVENING: Thursday, August 17 at 7:30p
Yoga with Adrienne S: Kenilworth-Parkside tennis courts (mats will be provided)

TIME JUST UPDATED: EVENING: Friday, August 18 at 7:00p
Yoga with Adrienne S: Kenilworth-Parkside tennis courts (mats will be provided)

MORNING: Saturday, August 19 at 8a:

Bootcamp with Chuck T: Kenilworth Parkside Park running track*

NEW EVENING: Saturday, August 19 at 7:30p
Boot camp with Sean S: Kenilworth-Parkside track (mats will be provided)

MORNING: Sunday, August 20 at 7a:
Light yoga and early morning stretching with Shirley C – Kenilworth-Parkside Park – far north of track (mats will be provided)

*NEW EVENING: Sunday, August 20 at 6:30p:
Boot camp with Sean S: Kenilworth-Parkside track (mats will be provided)

*NEW MORNING: Monday, August 21 at 5:30a:
Boot camp with Sean S: Kenilworth-Parkside track (mats will be provided)

MORNING: Tuesday, August 22 at 6:15:
Light yoga and early morning stretching with Shirley C – Kenilworth Parkside Park – far north of track (mats will be provided)

EVENING: Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30p:
Zumba with Z – Kenilworth Recreation Center senior room courtyard

MORNING: Friday, August 25 at 6:45a:
BYO Fitness with Z – Kenilworth Parkside track

 

 

 

Ready, Set, ….

readyWe are happy to report that EG2 will be able to kick off this summer thanks to a grant
from the East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative. The grant will allow guest instructors to teach tailored sessions in Zumba, yoga, stretching, walking, circuit training for kids to seniors residing in Ward 7. It will also provide T-shirts for the first few interested parties, water to stay hydrated during our workouts and even a gift card for the attendee who racks up the most classes with EG2.

We begin in August, so stay tuned right here for updates on our first fun gathering and interest session and following outdoor fitness sessions – right in your backyard! In the meantime, spread the word, tell your kids and tell your body its time to wake up!

Big thanks to the East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative!

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Welcome to your eastland gardens exercise group

Strength in numbers. Location, location, location. Convenience. Low- or no-cost.

These are just a few things that we need to be successful in maintaining a regular health and fitness schedule. And now, you’ve got it now with the Eastland Gardens Exercise Group, aka eg2

You are the leader in this exercise group You bring two movements, your neighbors bring movements and as you monitor and modify your exercise, you’re getting into a regular fitness groove in the comfort of your own neighbors and community.

Just meet us outside at the designated location and time and let’s get busy!

How EG2 Works …

1.) Make a commitment to meet up with your neighbors outside – walking distance from your home – in the a.m. or p.m. Arrive on time and stay for the duration OR come when you can and put in just a few minutes. Check the below sites for meeting times and places.

  • check this website OR
  • check the Eastland Gardens Civic Association listserv for meeting place

2.) Bring with you the following:

  • two exercise moves like pushups, leg lifts, planks (write them down if you’re afraid you’ll forget. Feel free to search the internet for moves best for you)
  • water
  • towel (optional)

3.) Meet new neighbors, sweat, feel great and repeat.

 

 

Why workout outdoors? Why not?!

Despite the chill in the air during winter, the brisk temps in the spring, the humidity of the summer and the unpredictability of the autumn, being outdoors as much as possible is a major plus for your body.

With advance preparation, appropriate attire and a gung-ho attitude, maintaining an outdoor fitness schedule throughout the year is a great way to stay healthy.

According to The New York Times, exercising outdoors offers great benefits:

“Studies haven’t yet established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program. A few small studies have found that people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress, after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside. There’s speculation, too, that exposure to direct sunlight, known to affect mood, plays a role.”

So, join us for a made-for-you outdoor program in YOUR community!

 

 

 

 

Spell your name to make a great outdoor workout!

You may have seen this before. It’s a surefire way not to get bored during your workout and to ensure you’ve got something to do.

The way it works: find the letter that corresponds with your name. See what exercise accompanies the letter, do the exercise, then move on to the next letter/exercise. For example: if your name is Ann, you will do 50 jumping jacks, 40 jumping jacks … and another 40 jumping jacks. Maybe in a double letter case, you’ll want to do something else.

There’s various methods, letter combinations so pick one image, print it out or take a photo with your phone and try it out.

Got a long first name? Good! You’ll have a great workout. Got a short name? Combine your middle name.