Saturday, December 31, 2011

New year, new outlook

 As we leave 2011 behind and look forward to 2012, I just want to wish my readers all the best in the new year. Most of us ritually make resolutions and I'm hoping that all of you have some dynamic plans and hopes! There's nothing like a fresh start to renew and inspire, whether it's finding your true passion, a great love, a new job, a new business, a terrific book--all ways to help leave a mark on the world.

I'm looking to change up this blog with new eclectic thoughts, sightings and visuals. And finding time to pursue all the things I love most.

Here's to a new start in 2012, bringing in the new and letting go of the dull and rut-like things in our not-so-comfortable "comfort zone". Cheers to all and have a happy, healthy new year!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Fit: New Year's Resolution = Fitness Done Right

Strong IS the new skinny. Working out
at CrossFit Done Right in Rockville
Here we go, New Year’s resolutions. “I will lose 20 pounds.” “I will get sleek, firm arms like Michelle Obama.” “I will run an eight-minute mile.” We say these kinds of things every Jan. 1.

This time, why don’t you seriously, really do it?

If you’ve been slogging around with the same old routine—15 minutes on the elliptical, a weight machine circuit, a class here and there—yawn—maybe it’s time to try something new.

I don’t have a lot of time to wander around a gym trying to figure out what to do or the money to waste on programs that don’t work. At the suggestion of my trainer, Madeleine Watkins, I started taking classes at CrossFit Done Right in Rockville.

As a group of people ranging from military vets to new mothers to middle-aged men, we run, we squat, we stretch, we jump rope, we do pull-ups and sit-ups. Can’t do any of those things? No problem—you work at your own ability and pace with whatever props and help you need. That’s the point. Though the workouts come  “as prescribed,” the gym acknowledges the fact that most people require different prescriptions.

You’re in there for you. Want to lift weights and stoke your metabolism? Do it. You won’t be fiddling around with 3-lb padded dumbbells, you’ll be hoisting a barbell with plates. Granted those plates may not be as heavy as the big guy’s next to you, but who cares? It will not only make you stronger and more confident, it will totally blast the fat from your amazed, slacker self before you know it.

And that’s the best part. You won’t feel like a slacker for long. Once the clock for the workout of the day buzzes to start, you’ll feel like a kid on the playground, trying your best to beat it and having fun in the process. Everyone spends a lot of time cheering each other on. Then boom, it’s done, you’ve worked out as hard as you can and it’s time to stretch and go home. Every day is a different workout; there’s not much time for you—or your body—to get bored.

The coaches there, in addition to Madeleine, are certified and top-notch. They’ll help you with nutrition, skills and training and give you individualized instruction. There’s no wasted time and wasted effort. And you’ll love your new body and confidence—both inside and outside the gym.

For more information about classes and kids’ programs, visit the website at or contact Justin Bacon or Rob Koebke at 301-535-1316. Plans are in the works for a program to prepare runners for MoCo’s Pike’s Peek 10K race on April 29.

12160 Nebel St., 
Rockville, MD, 20852, 301-535-1316,