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Outdoor Hill Workout Round-up

October 1st, 2014 by Guest Author · Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill North, Capitol Riverfront/ Near Southeast

Ed. note: This is Lauren Walen‘s first post for THIH. Welcome, Lauren!

If you’re like me, you’re trying to soak up every last minute of good weather before the inevitable doom and gloom of winter arrives. Luckily, living on the Hill means you have many workout options that will not only get you outside, but help keep you in shape before the holidays. Here are some to try:

Boot Camp with Jenny

Are you a Nats fan? Or have a (weird) love for running stairs? Boot Camp with Jenny is for you! Jenny, a certified group fitness instructor of 7+ years, puts on a great hour-long morning boot camp on the south side of Nationals Park. A circuit-style, full-body workout designed for all fitness levels, you’ll start your day off running stairs, doing squats, strengthening your core and breaking a sweat. I joined Jenny’s crew last week, and I was still sore two days later.

Jenny's Boot Camp

Jenny’s Boot Camp. Photo by Lauren Walens

A great group of Navy Yard and Capitol Hill residents comes out every Monday-Wednesday at 6:30am. The sessions are month-long and cost $115. Check out Jenny’s Facebook page for free, open session announcements. The October session starts Oct. 6.






GB Fit Boot Camp in Lincoln Park

Another early morning option, Gabriella runs a large boot camp on the east end of Lincoln Park. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-6:45am, and include a variety of drills from pushups, core work, jump squats, burpees, lunges and planks. The class I attended this week even incorporated yoga and martial arts. Gabriella is good about explaining modifications, so people of all fitness levels can participate. I was also impressed that she knew everyone’s name!

Gabriella's Boot Camp. Photo by Lauren Walens

GB Fit Boot Camp. Photo by Lauren Walens

Gabriella typically has four sessions a year. She’s currently in a Sept-Nov session, and will run one Jan-March. Prices range from $7.50-$10 a class depending on the package you select. Her classes are held rain or shine; she only cancels under dangerous conditions. She provides a free trial class to see if it’s your cup of tea – just be sure to contact her for a waiver form.


And if boot camp (or morning) isn’t for you…


Capital Striders Running Group


Logo courtesy of DC Capital Striders.

Logo courtesy of DC Capital Striders.

The DC Capital Striders Running Group has several free group run options on the Hill! James, Selena, Jessica and Lindsay lead a run group on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm from Lincoln Park. They have several four-mile routes and welcome all paces. The same group goes for a longer run on Saturday mornings at 9am, and will usually snag breakfast after!
Live closer to Navy Yard? There’s a Tuesday night fun run led by Andy. They also run four mile routes and invite all paces. Andy usually organizes a monthly happy hour, so it’s a good opportunity to meet new people.

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First Bite: District Doughnut

September 30th, 2014 by Jon Penndorf · Barracks Row, Capitol Hill, DC

New treats on the Hill, courtesy of District Doughnut.

New treats on the Hill, courtesy of District Doughnut.

Lately our fair neighborhood (and greater city) has been a breeding ground for baked-good fads, trends, and experimentation.  Some fads have succeeded and others have paved the way for new ideas.  We’ve got pioneers and purveyors of cupcakes, pop tarts, macarons, and now gourmet doughnuts with the arrival of District Doughnut on 8th Street SE.  The small shop offers new takes on classic doughnut favorites as well as creative, gourmet varieties that may soon become favorites. [Read more →]

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Hill Buzz

September 30th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill

Garfield Park Under the Bridge

Photo by Jim Harvard on Flickr

  • ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven explains more about Curbside Cafe‘s plans for a liquor license.
  • JDLand marked the 10th anniversary of the announcement that the ballpark was coming to the Navy Yard neighborhood.
  • News that Roadside Development is going to acquire and redevelop the Frager’s Hardware space on Pennsylvania Avenue so the hardware store can return to its original location was covered by Washington Business Journal, Housing Complex, District Source, and Washingtonian.
  • Urban Turf reported on a new 26-unit project planned for H Street, across from the planned Whole Foods.

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Lost Capitol Hill: ‘Buck’ Becker

September 29th, 2014 by Robert Pohl · Capitol Hill, Capitol Riverfront/ Near Southeast

tnLast week, I wrote about John Becker’s saloon at the end of 8th Street SE. In researching him, I discovered that his son’s life had been much shorter – and much more interesting. Today, the first installment on the life of Charles Schlagel Becker.

Appropriate to the season, it involves baseball.

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Yard Sale Open Thread – Weekend of 9/27

September 26th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill

Originally uploaded to flickr by timlewisnm.

Originally uploaded to flickr by timlewisnm.

Having a yard sale this weekend? Let us know in the comments! A big one to be sure to stop by is the Maury Yard Sale on Saturday 9am-2pm.

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