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8 in-person and virtual events for a healthy weekend

With fall around the corner, enjoy your last few days of summer by getting outdoors. From yoga sessions for adults and kids to bird watching around the park, here are 8 in-person and virtual fitness and health events to attend this weekend.

Druminyasa in Paradise

Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Enjoy a night of yoga, wine and live music at Paradise Springs Winery. First, get in your vinyasas as the drums of Druminyasa fill the space. After your workout, enjoy a glass of wine as you take in the sunset at the vineyard. // Paradise Springs Winery: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton; $40

Sunset Paddle

Friday, 5:30-8 p.m.
As the region slowly turns into autumn, enjoy a night on the water with a kayak tour. Get an up close look at the animals in their natural surroundings as you take in the beautiful sunset on the bay. Previous kayak experience is suggested, but not required. // Pohick Bay Regional Park: 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton; $35

2020 Fall Burke Lake 5k & 10k

Saturday, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Lace up your running shoes and take your morning jog to the trails of Burke Lake. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lake as you run along the shore during the 5k or 10k race. Virtual options are also available. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Road, Springfield; $12-$45

Yoga on the Magnolia Terrace

Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Take advantage of the cooler weather by taking your yoga class outdoors. Enjoy the beautiful views that surround the Carlyle House’s Magnolia Terrace as you work off your stress. Participants are asked to bring water, a towel and yoga mat. // Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $5

Goat Yoga + Animal Therapy Live

Saturday, 4-5 p.m. & 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Join the goats of Walnut Creek Farm for some much needed yoga and meditation. After you decompress during the session, enjoy plenty of goat cuddles that are sure to brighten your day. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat or towel. // Arlington (address will be sent 24 hours before event); $40

Wandering Warblers

Sunday, 7-9:30 a.m.
Rise and shine early this Sunday for bird watching around Seneca Regional Park. Catch the warblers as they prepare to migrate south to Central and South America. As you search for these birds, hear stories and facts about the small, colorful birds. // Seneca Regional Park: 101 Seneca Road, Great Falls; $8

SUP Lesson

Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Get in a quick stand up paddleboarding lesson before the cold weather takes over the region. Whether you want to know the basics or advance the skills you already have, now is the perfect time. All equipment will be provided. // Lake Mooney: 500 Greenbank Road, Hartwood; $50

Free Virtual Bedtime Yoga for Kids

Sunday, 7:30-8 p.m.
Get your kids ready for the upcoming school week with a yoga session before bed. This virtual event includes everything from yoga poses to lullabies as a way to calm down and relax for a good night sleep. This class is recommended for ages four and older. // free

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Best of NoVA 2020: A conversation with Burak Temel

Urban Boxing’s Arlington location may only be two years old, but it’s already knocking out the competition. Here, we spoke with founder and owner Burak Temel about the fitness brand’s success, his perfect day in NoVA and more.

What inspired you to open Urban Boxing?

Our first location opened in DC, and now we have locations in Arlington and Bethesda. I’m a former boxer myself. I wrestled all throughout college and in my earlier post-grad years. When I went through a shoulder-replacement surgery, my competing days were over. I wanted to give to others and simply start up a reputable gym that would cash the fine line between the technical aspect of the sport, as well as fitness. It’s not one or the other at our gym, and that’s what’s different with us.

Why should everyone try boxing?

One of the biggest advantages of boxing is that you’re always engaged. It’s a nonstop, intense workout. You can go at your own pace. Everybody can do it, no matter what their fitness level is, but at the same time, you’re learning. We’re wired to be engaged in whatever we’re doing. You can do reps at the gym and lift, but at some point it’s going to get boring. At Urban Boxing, you’re engaged by learning new things and challenging yourself to move up the ladder, correcting form, pushing yourself to get better and healthier.

What are your goals for the Urban Boxing brand?

We’re looking into opening more locations in the DC and Northern Virginia area, as well as certain parts of Maryland. We’ve trademarked our name and logos and we’re looking into franchising. My No. 1 goal in five years is to be able to take our name and give this kind of service across the country.

Describe your perfect day in Northern Virginia.

Start with an early-morning run at the monuments, go across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn, take the trail up to the gym and then get a boxing workout in. After, I would grab my drink at Smoothie King, head out to Reston where I live, pick up my 7-month-old daughter and my wife and we would come out to a picnic area for lunch. Then, see a movie at Reston Town Center, have dinner at Cooper’s Hawk (one of my favorite restaurants) and then come home!


This post originally appeared in our September 2020 Best of NoVA print issue. For more like this, subscribe to our newsletters.

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Best of NoVA 2020: Fitness

Boot Camp

Winner: Burn Boot Camp Gainesville

Empower yourself at Burn Boot Camp Gainesville, a community-based fitness group that focuses on cardio and strength training, all in just 45-minute classes. The balanced workouts target different muscle groups throughout the week, so you’ll never take the same class twice. // 13946 Estate Manor Drive, Gainesville

Winner: Urban Boxing

Always wanted to learn to box? Head to Urban Boxing’s boot camp classes, featuring a hybrid of strength and conditioning and boxing techniques that will sculpt and tone your body. These classes incorporate weights, agility drills, TRX bands, shadow boxing, bag work and core-strengthening exercise for a sweat-worthy, results-driven workout.// 3701 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington

Kickboxing Studio

Winner: Urban Boxing 

Group classes, private events, personal training sessions and even sports management: You name it, Urban Boxing offers it. The DMV-based brand (with locations in DC and Bethesda too) pushes clients to their limits with a multitude of classes for all fitness levels, including boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, Brazilian jiujitsu, strength and conditioning, abs, yoga and more. // 3701 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington

Editor’s Pick: BASH Boxing

Throw your best one-two combo with a jab, a few hooks and some upper cuts and you’ll be sweating in no time at BASH Boxing. The studio brand uses six core punches to create a workout that targets the entire body. Plus, no two classes are exactly the same, keeping both your mind and body challenged and entertained. // 1550 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102, Arlington and 700 N. Randolph St., Arlington


Winner: Spark Barre by Spark Yoga

Making a repeat performance on our annual Best of NoVA list, Spark Barre by Spark Yoga continues to inspire Northern Virginians to reach their fitness goals, one sculpting move at a time. Combining traditional and contemporary barre methods, classes will have you toning your core, legs, upper body and tush. // 2201 N. Pershing Drive, Suite G, Arlington and 2987 District Ave, Suite 120, Fairfax

Winner: The MVMNT Society

Point those toes and pulse those legs, because here, it’s all about the burn. Sweat out your daily stressors and have a little “me time” at this studio that prides itself on motivating clients with results-driven positivity. // 1701 Duke St., Suite 160, Alexandria

Climbing Studio

Winner: Earth Treks 

Not just a climbing gym, Earth Treks gives its members everything they need to reach their fitness goals, including climbing walls with different terrains and route-setting, free yoga and fitness classes, weights, fitness rooms and, most importantly, a supportive community. // 1235 S. Clark St., Arlington

Winner: Sportrock Climbing Centers 

One of the founding rock climbing gyms in the United States, Sportrock Climbing Centers prides itself on being the first commercial climbing gym in the DC metro area. Coming up on 30 years, the brand offers climbers the tallest walls in the Mid-Atlantic, the only IFSC-regulation speed-climbing wall in the region and the only multi-pitch training ledge in the country. // 5308 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria and 45935 Maries Road, Sterling

Outdoor Fitness Class

Winner: Kelly’s Bootcamp & Inergy Fitness

Want to improve your cardiovascular endurance, increase your strength and make everyday tasks easier? Kelly’s Bootcamp & Inergy Fitness can get you there. The group fitness classes focus on strength and conditioning, as well as muscle-confusion training to transform your body. The brand also offers personal fitness sessions and nutrition coaching. // 43083 Peacock Market Plaza, Suite 120, South Riding

Winner: Sportrock Climbing Centers  

While Sportrock Climbing Center has recently started to welcome back climbers to its indoor walls, it has always also offered plenty of outdoor options, from beginner belaying to guided tours. Now more than ever, its outdoor options are in demand for those who want to feed their climbing addiction in the fresh air. // 5308 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria and 45935 Maries Road, Sterling

Crossfit Gym

Winner: Ballston CrossFit

There’s a reason CrossFit has the reputation it does: The brand’s workouts are effective and the group-based classes encourage a supportive member base. The hour-long “workouts of the day (WOD)” focus on technique and help athletes of all fitness levels improve their Olympic  weightlifting skills, as well as gymnastics, kettlebells and high-intensity cardio. // 1110 N. Glebe Road, Arlington

Winner: Raise the Bar Fitness

A veteran-owned gym, Raise the Bar Fitness combines methods from CrossFit, P90X, military training and sports medicine and nutrition for its workout plans. The gym keeps its members accountable by providing a community that has your back through every class, whether you’re working on your strength or your cardio and conditioning. // 9046 Hornbaker Road, Manassas

Cycling Studio

Winner: Ascend Cycle

Get your heart pumping and your muscles burning at Ascend Cycle, a cycling favorite among Northern Virginians who love a good workout. Plus, members get access to Ascend’s Lift Lab, a three-day-per-week lifting program designed to build lower-body strength to help make you more powerful both on and off the bike. // 2413 and 2903 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Winner: New Trail Cycling Studio

New Trail’s Cycling Studio is all about being connected to the local community. In fact, the name itself is a nod to the 55 miles of trails located within the Reston area. Head to this studio to find your cycling community, as well as fitness routines fit for everyone from new moms trying to get back into working out to injured athletes looking to recover. // 1641B Washington Plaza N., Reston

Pilates Studio

Winner: Club Pilates Burke 

Take control of your body’s every movement at Club Pilates Burke, helmed by instructors who take hundreds of hours of training to meet high-quality standards. All fitness levels are welcome, as the studio offers a myriad of classes through four different levels, ranging from foundational to master. // 5765 Burke Center Parkway, Suite S, Burke

Winner: Sculp’d

Now a full-service, hybrid studio providing in-studio classes and on-demand and live classes virtually, Sculp’d offers Pilates, high-intensity interval training, yoga and barre classes all in one gym. The 50-minute classes focus on controlled, resistance-based movements to build core strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and more. // 1103 Queen St., Alexandria

Yoga Studio

Winner: Honest Soul Yoga

At Honest Soul Yoga, the team believes that the body, mind and spirit need opportunities to ramp up and then chill out. Yogis of all levels can find that variety within Honest Soul’s class formats, organized by varying intensity and paces, so you can either sweat it out or just take a breather. It’s all about what your body needs in that present moment. // 6470 Landsdowne Centre Drive, Alexandria; 7505P Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; 8426 Old Keene Mill Road, West Springfield

Winner: Spark Yoga

Spark Yoga’s philosophy is based on the idea that yoga practices can be done in a clean space with the highest air-quality standards and an environment that is open to all ages, body shapes and fitness levels. The studio is known for its wellness programs, including the popular 30-day and 90-day transformation challenges. // 2987 District Ave., Suite 120, Fairfax and 2201 N. Pershing Drive, Suite G, Arlington

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10 ways to get in a workout during Labor Day Weekend

Take advantage of your three-day weekend by planning a special workout for Labor Day. Whether you want to reduce your stress with an online yoga class or get outside for a socially distanced 5K, here are 10 workout classes and events to take part in this holiday weekend.

Community Yoga Class for Beginners

Friday, Sept. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
After you clock out for the extended weekend, destress with some yoga. This beginner vinyasa class will teach you the basic skills needed to relax and center yourself. This class will be held in person and on Zoom. // Mind Your Body Oasis Yoga Studio & Wellness Center: 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington; $5 donation suggested

Primal Flow

Saturday, Sept. 5, 10-11:15 a.m.
Enjoy the crisp, morning weather this Saturday during an outdoor yoga session. Get in an hour of dynamic Primal Yoga as you connect with your surroundings. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. // Liberty in Lorton: 9300 Quadrangle St., Lorton; $10

Bootcamp Fitness Series

Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-noon
Start off your Saturday with a high-intensity boot camp. The seven-class series features muscle-burning moves from a local 3 Step Fitness instructor. Face coverings and social distancing will be required during the class. // John Carlyle Square Park: 3400 John Carlyle St., Alexandria; $5

Family Intro To Climbing Ages 5+

Saturday, Sept. 5, 4-6 p.m.
Keep the family active and entertained this weekend with some indoor rock climbing. This family-specific class will focus on safety skills and the basics needed to climb the vertical rock wall. // Vertical Rock Indoor Climbing and Fitness Center: 10225 Nokesville Road, Manassas; $15-$35

Open Championship Tee Time Tournament

Sunday, Sept. 6, 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wake up early and spend your Sunday morning on the golf course. Register for the event when you check in for your tee time. Participants must have a valid USGA handicap to enter the tournament. // Algonkian Golf Course: 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling; $10

2020 Cobbler Mountain 5k

Sunday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
Lace up your running shoes and get in a 5K this weekend. After you finish your morning run, enjoy some cider from the cellar. Virtual options are also available. // Cobbler Mountain Cellars: 5909 Long Fall Lane, Delaplane; $12-$35

Namaste for a Beer at Hops N Shine

Sunday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Head over to Hops N Shine for its inaugural yoga class. Led by Connected Hearts Yoga, the outdoor class will help you stretch your stress away for a relaxing afternoon. A portion of the event fee will be donated to Project Second Chance. // Hops N Shine: 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $30

F45 Tysons Labor Day Track Workout

Monday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.
Get out of the gym and hit the track this Labor Day for a special high-intensity, outdoor workout. Join F45 instructors, Cori and Jax, for a 45-minute, total-body workout that is sure to make you sweat. // George C. Marshall High School Track: 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church; free for members, $20 for nonmembers 

Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga Mondays

Monday, Sept. 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
For all expecting and new mothers, get some much needed relaxation with Turiya Yoga + Wellness. This prenatal and postpartum class focuses on building strength and flexibility while lightening your mood with yoga and social interaction. // $16

Outdoor Yoga Challenge

through Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.
Take your workouts outside this month with Old Town Athletic Campus’ Outdoor Yoga Challenge. This event challenges participants to attend 12 sessions of yoga, Pilates, meditation or online instruction during the month. Those who complete the challenge will be recognized at the closing ceremony. // Old Town Athletic Campus: 321 Walker Drive, Suite 101, Warrenton; $99

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Founder and owner of Loudoun Pilates gives insight into working out during the COVID-19 era

When the pandemic first hit Northern Virginia, Amy Hershey reacted “the way most people probably did … fear, anxiety and disbelief,” she says. “There was so much uncertainty and confusion in the beginning; there still is.” The founder and owner of Loudoun Pilates quickly opted to close the studio before state mandates went into effect, as she felt that was the safest option. “It allowed us all to focus on ourselves and our families,” Hershey says.

We recently spoke with Hershey to find out more about what the past six months have been like for her and Loudoun Pilates, and how she’s currently getting clients (safely) back into the studio. See highlights from our conversation below.

When the pandemic hit the region, how did Loudoun Pilates first react? 

There were definitely some dark moments in the beginning as everyone was processing the reality unfolding around us. I had no idea what to do or think, but at the same time there wasn’t much time to think. We had to act and adapt. As the saying goes, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” 

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Amy Hershey at her Pilates studio in Leesburg (Photo courtesy of Loudoun Pilates)

What was the game plan to make it through this challenging time? 

We pivoted to a virtual platform immediately and offered a full schedule of Pilates mat classes. There are lots of inexpensive props that we encouraged clients to purchase to diversify their online workouts. Several private clients jumped right in and continued to take one-on-one lessons virtually as well. Loudoun Pilates is a fully equipped Pilates studio and the equipment is what our clients really love. We rented out some of the equipment to private clients who had the space at home and those clients did a combination of private lessons and group classes together. We also got creative with our Studio Rewards Program to incentivize clients to take mat classes online in order to earn future studio-account credit.  

What has been a positive that has come out of this experience for Loudoun Pilates? 

The biggest positive is how this pandemic has highlighted the awesome members of our community. So many clients jumped right onboard for virtual classes and continued with their private lessons, even if they were just mat lessons. We had a few people who asked us to continue charging them for weekly lessons even if they didn’t use them to help keep us afloat. I mean, wow, that was huge! 

One offering we added during the pandemic was a special donation class that clients could purchase for essential and furloughed workers. That was hugely popular and demonstrated the kindness and generosity within our community. As a business owner, you make decisions and know that you can’t possibly please everyone. The support and understanding of the Loudoun Pilates community has been a bright spot during these uncertain times.  

Another unexpected positive has been how we as instructors have had to adapt as teachers under these new restrictions. As Pilates teachers, we do a lot of hands-on corrections and partnering to help clients. Being hands-off has challenged us in new ways to grow in our teaching approach and creativity. 

What were the virtual classes like? Will those continue for the foreseeable future?

We offered online classes and continue to do so, even though the studio has reopened.  Honestly, the virtual classes have been a blast. We see clients in their homes and get to see everyone’s pets! Half of the time, my clients have a cat or dog jumping on them during a lesson and lately my 4-year-old son comes down and sits with me while I am teaching online. We are all in this together and seeing these little personal moments has been very special.  

The virtual platform means that we had clients take lessons with us from literally all over the world. One former client has been taking classes from Italy, which never would have happened pre-COVID. We also have had people try us out from other states who were not clients before the pandemic. Even though we have all been apart, in many ways we are more connected than ever. The virtual classes will continue in the future. Many clients remain understandably hesitant to come in and others are restricted with schools remaining closed and children being home.  We are committed to maintaining offerings that can serve everyone and now have some clients doing a combination of in-person lessons and virtual classes. Pre-recorded classes are also made available to clients and we plan to keep those available even after COVID. Clients have said they love having the option to take a class at their convenience or even when they are on vacation. 

What was the biggest challenge during the stay-at-home orders and the shutdown?  

As with many other small businesses, our biggest challenge during the shutdown was revenue loss. Being shutdown did not make the business expenses disappear. It was extraordinarily stressful due to the unknown longevity of the situation. Although we were able to pivot to a virtual platform, the reality is that what people love most about Loudoun Pilates is all of our equipment for both private lessons and classes. Despite getting some equipment rented out, there was just no way we could operate at the same levels virtually.  

How did Loudoun Pilates persevere?

The shutdown forced us to take a hard look at studio expenses. In a way, this was a blessing in disguise because we managed to make some changes to the business in order to reduce our monthly overhead. I would not have considered these changes under normal circumstances so that will ultimately help the business in the long-run post-COVID as well.  

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Clients workout at a minimum of 10 feet apart now at Loudoun Pilates amid the pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Loudoun Pilates)

 What keeps you hopeful right now?  

Being nearly six months into this and still being in business gives me hope that we will ultimately get through this. There were definitely hard moments when I didn’t think I could do it and the challenges of owning a fitness business during a global pandemic seemed insurmountable. However, our community of clients showed me that there will be another side to this and there will be an after. I see more clearly how much we mean to a lot to our clients. They seek us out for the expertise we bring to each Pilates lesson. We have clients who rely on us to help them manage their injuries, illnesses, chronic pain, stress and an array of other health conditions.  Loudoun Pilates has always been committed to our clients and now I realize how much our clients are committed to us. 

What does it feel like to be back in the studio? 

When we first opened, it was surreal. I was initially very anxious about returning to work as I had personally not ventured out since the shutdowns began. To handle my stress, I would just pick one of my dogs to bring to work with me! After a few days back, everything settled right in and it was great to see clients again. 

What have reactions been like from clients since you reopened?  

When it looked like we were getting closer to being able to reopen, we sent out a survey to gauge what the interest was in returning to in-person sessions. I was shocked that an overwhelming majority of clients were wanting to come in right away. Everyone was so excited to be back in the studio and see real people again. After being on lockdown, I think all of us were happy to see a familiar face and share our stories. We did have to make some business changes in order to realistically survive in the long run and, fortunately, the majority of clients were all so supportive of those changes. Owning a small business means that you inevitably develop close relationships with many of your clients. Even wearing masks, you can see everyone’s joy at being together again and returning to some degree of normalcy. Although, everyone seems most happy when I bring my dog!

How are you keeping clients safe as they come back for in-person classes?  

Safety is obviously our No. 1 priority and we implemented several new protocols in order to reopen. All of the equipment is spaced 10 feet apart and instructors are required to maintain a distance of 10 feet from clients as well. The cleaning products we use are not only EPA-approved against COVID but also Environmental Working Group rated A, meaning they do not negatively impact human or environmental health. We have individual cleaning stations for each piece of equipment and hands-free dispensers filled with sanitizer from the James River Distillery based out of Richmond. We selected James River because it’s a local Virginia business and its hand sanitizer is compounded using the WHO and FDA formula. 

Despite the state waiving the mask mandate for exercise, I decided not to do so and have a mask policy for all staff and clients. I made the decision to require masks from a personal standpoint because I was unwilling to put myself into an environment where masks were optional. Additionally, many clients told me they would not be comfortable coming into the space if masks were only optional. That really stood out to me as I have a responsibility first and foremost to ensure the safety of everyone who walks into my business. There was certainly hesitation initially from some clients about doing Pilates in a mask, however, most people realized immediately that it isn’t a big deal. I did a lot of research on the types of masks available and we recommended some that were specifically designed for exercise. The further we get into this, the more options become available for fitness masks so we just blast the air conditioning and do our thing. There are even moments within a class where we all just start laughing about how crazy it is that we are all doing Pilates in masks. Seriously, who could have ever imagined this?

If you could go back in time to January 2020, what would you tell yourself? 

Buckle up, buttercup because you are about to be challenged in ways you can’t even begin to fathom. Trust your instincts and be ready to do what you have always done by pushing forward and coming up with new ideas. Stay true to yourself and remember what (and who) matters most. 

Anything else you’d like to add? 

Being a business owner is hard. There are challenges that only a fellow business owner can truly appreciate. The shutdowns gave so many of us the gift of time to reflect and make positive changes to our lives both personally and professionally. When you make decisions, you do so knowing that there is no way to please everyone. The biggest lessons I have learned as a person and business owner during this pandemic is that that’s OK. It is OK that not everyone will be satisfied with what you do. When you are living in a global pandemic, that means that no one is immune to the hardships we are facing. We are all having to make decisions to survive, both figuratively and sometimes literally. At the end of the day, the kindness and grace that so many have shown gives me the confidence that not only will my business get through this, but we will all get through this and be better people and community members as a result. // 36 Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg

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7 yoga mats to add to your at-home workout space

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If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that self-care is very important, especially during a pandemic. If yoga has been your go-to for meditation and relaxation, you may have noticed some wear and tear on your yoga mat. Whether you are looking to replace your old mat or start up yoga classes this fall, here are seven yoga mats to add to your meditation space.

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Add some stability (and color) to your morning yoga session with this bright-purple mat with a reversible design. Plus, this mat comes with a free online yoga library full of poses for your next workout. // Gaiam Studio Select 6mm Premium Reversible Yoga Mat; $30-$35; Dick’s Sporting Goods

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This is the perfect mat for beginners. With over 100 stretches and yoga poses displayed at your feet, you are sure to become a pro in no time. // Instructional Cork Yoga Mat, $65; Uncommon Goods

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Skip the usual rectangular mat and go for this round mat for maximum space and motion. // equa eko Round Yoga Mat, $120; Manduka

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If you have limited space, a travel mat may be for you. This foldable, microfibre design is perfect for whether you want to practice on the go or need an extra layer for hot yoga. // Carry Onwards Mat Travel, $88; lululemon

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Let your children join your yoga time with this kid-sized mat that features a fun bumblebee print. // Stott Pilates Kids’ 4mm Bee Happy Eco Yoga Mat, $28.99; Dick’s Sporting Goods

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Avengers assemble! This Captain America-inspired mat will transport you into the Marvel Universe for some relaxation and self-care adventure. // Marvel Avengers Captain America Mat, $19.99; Target

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Made from natural tree rubber, this biodegradable yoga mat will help you keep your grip through every stretch and pose. // eko yoga mat 5mm, $92; Manduka

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10 in-person and virtual workout events happening through the weekend

The end of August is finally here. Before the leaves start to change colors and temperatures start to drop, enjoy the summer warmth by taking your workout outdoors. Whether you join a social distance yoga class or take your computer to your backyard for Zumba, here are 10 in-person and virtual workout events to try out this week.

Cool Yoga 2020

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Join Cool Yoga for its last free, outdoor yoga class of the summer. This class is suitable for all levels; just bring your mat and distance yourself for a fun night of vinyasas. // Cool Yoga: 1900 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; free

Beginners Yoga

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 7-8 p.m.
Celebrate hump day with a much needed yoga class. Enjoy an hour of relaxation and meditation from the comfort of your living room. A Zoom link will be sent out after the payment is made. // $15

Historic Downtown Walking Tours

Thursday, Aug. 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
If working out seems like a hassle, sneak in some exercise with a walking tour. Walk around Historic Downtown Manassas as you learn about the history of the city, its buildings and its former residents. // City of Manassas: 9101 Prince William St., Manassas; $5

Zumba at The Craft of Brewing

Thursday, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of outdoor Zumba. This class will feature both fast and slow rhythms, perfect for experienced participants and beginners. Participants will also be able to join the class virtually. // The Craft of Brewing: 21170 Ashburn Crossing Drive, Suite 170, Ashburn; $6

Vinyasa & Vino

Friday, Aug. 28, 6-7 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the weekend with a little yoga and wine. Enjoy an hour-long vinyasa flow class that can challenge even the most experienced yogi. After the class, reward yourself with a glass of wine during the post-yoga social hour. // Vint Hill Yoga: 7154 Farm Station Road, Warrenton; $20

Gong Medicine Meditation

Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30-9 p.m.
Restore your body this Friday night with a virtual gong bath. This ancient Chinese practice uses the vibrations of the gong to leave participants balanced, peaceful and light. // $30-$35

Stafford Hospital Foundation Cabin Fever 5K

Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30, times vary
If your cabin fever is at an all-time high, get out of the house and support the Stafford Hospital with a 5K run. This virtual race allows you to draw out your own path as you walk or run your 5K. Proceeds from the event help fund Stafford Hospital’s services, equipment and programs. // $15-$30

2nd Annual Adult Field Day with Fieldhouse

Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The best part about school as a kid was always the end-of-the-year field day. Relive that memory as an adult with this second annual adult field day. After a morning full of games and competition, enjoy some drinks on the pavilion. Events will be revamped to ensure social distancing between teams. // Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg: 38600 John Mosby Highway, Middleburg; $40 for team of four

S’more Fun 5k

Saturday, Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m.
Get in one last fun run with the family before you dive into the school year with the S’more Fun 5K. Enjoy a leisurely evening run or walk around the park, then end the night with some delicious and gooey s’mores. To ensure social distancing, the start line will have increased space and mini fire pits will be placed at each picnic table. // Bull Run Regional Park: 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville; $20-$35

2020 Burke Lake 5k & 10k

Sunday, Aug. 30, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Rise and shine for a morning run around Burke Lake Park. After starting with your max 50-person wave, take in the views of the park as you run either a 5K or 10K. Proceeds from the event benefit The Arc of Northern Virginia. // Burke Lake Park: 7315 Ox Road, Springfield; $12-$45

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5 spin and cycle bikes to add to your at-home gym

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While businesses around Northern Virginia have been slowly reopening over the last few months, some people may not be ready to venture into public settings; especially when it comes to working out. Whether you want to workout from the safety of your home or your favorite cycling studio is still closed, here are five spin and cycle bikes to add to your home gym.

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Join the Peloton team by adding this high-tech bike to your home. Along with this spin bike, purchasers will have access to live and on-demand classes with motivating instructors to keep you active on your own schedule. Bike accessories are not included. // Peloton Bike Basics, $2,245; onepeloton.com 

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The Echelon Smart Connect Bike gives you live studio access from the comfort of your home. Join others from across the country for an endurance spin, climbing or HIIT workout as you battle it out on the leaderboard. // Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX1, $839.98; echelonfit.com

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If spin bikes aren’t your thing, get in your workout on a NordicTrack studio cycle. To mimic a real bike ride, this indoor bike features incline and decline options and resistance controls. With a one-year iFit Family membership included, riders will have access to thousands of cycling and cross-training workouts through the included rotating touchscreen display. // Commercial S15i Studio Cycle, $1,599; nordictrack.com

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The new VeloCore bike from Bowflex gives you the feeling of an outdoor ride with its leaning mode. Whether you want to pedal around your favorite destinations or watch a movie as you sprint in stationary mode, this bike has you covered. With 100 resistance levels, you will always be challenged with whatever your workout includes. // Bowflex VeloCore Bike, $1,699-$2,199; bowflew.com 

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If you are a SoulCycle fanatic, it is time to bring the studio’s spin bike to your living room. With a large touchscreen and complimentary wireless headphones, riders will feel immersed in their workout as if they are actually in the studio. // SoulCycle At-Home Bike, $2,500; variis.com

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10 socially distanced workout classes to try this weekend

One hard thing about social distancing is the lack of socialization that comes with it, especially if you are used to daily workout classes at your local gym.

As fitness studios continue to open, many businesses have added socially distanced or outdoor workouts to their daily schedules. If you are looking to get out of the house for your next workout, here are 10 socially distanced classes and events around NoVA to get in your weekend workout.

Bootcamp Classes

Friday, Aug. 21,  9 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Whether you work out in the morning or at night, everyone can get in a total-body workout with United Sportsplex’s boot camp classes. Get in a quick, high-intensity workout to get you ready for the weekend. // United Sportsplex: 7619 Doane Drive, Manassas; $10-$20

Yoga  in Paradise! Yoga and Wine at Paradise Springs Winery

Friday, Aug. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Get in your yoga session during a night at the winery. After the class, pick up your glass of wine and take in the view of the winery at sunset. This event is for participants 21 and older. // Paradise Springs Winery: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton; $35

Sunset Yoga @ Harpers Ferry Brewing

Friday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.
End the workweek with a relaxing yoga session with a view. Enjoy an hour-long vinyasa flow class while overlooking the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers as the sun sets. After class, stop by the brewery for a refreshing drink. // Harpers Ferry Brewing: 27412 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville; $12

Free Pop Up Camp

Saturday, Aug. 22, 7-7:45 a.m.
Start your Saturday off with a morning sweat at Burn Boot Camp’s free pop-up class. The 45-minute session will feature burst, HIIT, bodyweight and strength training. Participants are asked to bring a towel, yoga mat and water. // Burn Boot Camp: 13817 Foulger Square, Woodbridge; free

1st Annual Pleasant Valley Aquathlon 5K Presented by Chick-fil-A

Saturday, Aug. 22, 7-11 a.m.
Test out your running and swimming legs at the inaugural Pleasant Valley Aquathlon 5K. Participants can choose between the Aquathlon swim/5K, 5K run and virtual 5K. Proceeds support the Pleasant Valley Pool in Chantilly. // 4347 Club Run Road, Chantilly; $25-$45

Saturday Road Ride

Saturday, Aug. 22, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Break out the bike for a weekend ride around Alexandria. The course for this weekly bike ride is 20 to 25 miles long and features roads with car traffic and a few hills. Road bikes are recommended and helmets are required. // Conte’s Bike Shop: 1100 King St., Alexandria; free

Yoga in the Gardens

Saturday, Aug. 22, 9-10 a.m.
Head over to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for a relaxing yoga session. Practice standing, balancing and light stretching poses in the center of the beautiful gardens. This class is appropriate for beginners, but all levels are welcome to participate. // Museum of the Shenandoah Valley: 901 Amherst St., Winchester; $10-$15

Barre & Brew @ Rocket Frog Brewing Company

Saturday, Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Enjoy the cooler weather and take your workout outside with Barre & Brew. During the outdoor barre class, participants are asked to bring a mat, water and hand weights. After your workout, stop by the brewery for a drink and some much needed socializing. // Rocket Frog Brewing Company: 22560 Glenn Drive, Suite 103, Sterling; $5-$10

Fat Fightin’ Fairfax Loop Scoopin’

Sunday, Aug. 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Explore the sights of Fairfax with a Sunday-morning bike ride. Join the Fairfax Squirrel Scalpers bike club for a 30-mile trek around the city. Enjoy the views of George Mason University, Fairfax City and North Springfield along the way. // Frost Middle: 4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax; free

Pop-up Outdoor Class!

Sunday, Aug. 23, 8-9 a.m.
Put on your dancing shoes for outdoor jazzercise. This socially distanced class will focus strength and cardio moves to help build up your endurance. // Jazzercise South Riding Dance: 43073 Peacock Market Plaza, Suite 150, South Riding; free

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Here’s how to spend a day in America’s Fittest City during the pandemic

For the third year in a row, Arlington was recently named America’s fittest city by the American College of Sports Medicine. While many businesses have moved online and restaurants have shifted to takeout, you can still keep your healthy lifestyle during the pandemic. Here are some ways to spend your day in Arlington to keep you well during this time.

Where to get in an outdoor workout:

Start your morning off with a relaxing outdoor workout with Mind The Mat Pilates & Yoga. This Arlington studio offers a variety of classes for all levels of experience in both Pilates and yoga. Just bring your water bottle and a mat and socially distance yourself in the field. If you don’t feel like working out with others or sweating in the hot, humid weather, Mind The Mat also offers online classes so you can get your workout in at home. // 3300B Fairfax Drive, Arlington

Where to get healthy takeout:

After your workout, grab some breakfast or lunch at one of the three Sweet Leaf cafes in Arlington. Co-founded by McLean natives Arita and Andre Matinih, this local chain serves local and sustainable veggies from Virginia farms, including NoVA’s own Mountain View Farm in Loudoun County. Start your morning with a delicious piece of avocado toast or grab a customizable grain bowl and smoothie to refuel after your workout. Don’t forget to reward yourself with a sweet treat for later. // 650 N. Quincy St., Arlington; 220 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 800 N. Glebe Road, Arlington

Where to have fun on the water:

Escape the summer heat with some fun water activities at the Columbia Island Marina. Grab your friends and rent some equipment for an afternoon kayak or a paddle board trip down the Potomac River. Keep cool and socially distanced out on the water, while still getting some summer sun and exercise. // George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington; $16-$22 per hour for kayak rental, $22 per hour for paddle board rental

Where to walk with your pups:

Let your dog get in on your healthy day with a walk around Potomac Overlook Regional Park. This 67-acre park has miles of winding trails lined with local flora and fauna. If you and your pup are looking for a trail with a stunning view, head down the Potomac Heritage Trail for a shaded walk along the Potomac. // 2845 Marcey Road, Arlington

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