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Cut Seven: A Sports Conditioning Experience Taking Over D.C.

The weather is changing, cherries have blossomed, and Spring is officially here.  That means Summer is close by and it’s time to take fitness resolution you made in the beginning of the year seriously. Well good thing recently opened boutique gym Cut Seven is here!  It’ll put you back on track, destroy those goals and have you beach ready for the summer.  

Cut Seven was created by the dynamic duo Alex and Chris Perrin.  It operates on a 7 day schedule that targets different muscle groups each day of the week (Legs/Arms, Back/Abs, Chest/Heart, Hammys/Glutes, Heart/Abs, Heart).  

The classes are highly energetic and based on achieving fitness through teamwork; this principle is embodied through Chris and Alex instruction.  Participation their hour long class was fun and it beat my ass at the same time.  I  highly recommend it to get your butt in shape and it’ll have you cheering on a fellow fitness buddy. There are various membership packages and specials that are tailored to the individual (www.cutseven.com).

Excerpt of the Interview with Co-Owner/Trainer Chris Perrin

Tosin: Tell me a little bit about Alex and Chris Perrin

Chris:   I met Alex in a gym. Our start was her journey through weight loss and fitness. I was her trainer.

After that, she was like, ‘Why don’t you develop this into a class?’ She helped me to build my business. After that, romance started. We were like, ‘Hey, let’s turn this into a real business.’ After we got married, that’s when we started.

We’ve been on this path to opening up our own space for about 5 years now. It’s been 5 years of research, but she really was the catalyst to me transitioning from personal training, which is something I have done for years.

… I would’ve probably just done the personal training and accounting for the rest of my life because I love doing both. I wouldn’t have thought of creating my own business, a brick-and-mortar space. I think her strengths and my strengths complement each other really well.

Tosin: Describe Cut Seven in 3 words.

Chris: Team, athleticism, and experience. I think that’s the basis behind what we’re trying to achieve here. Create that community. Create that team, so people are showing up and people are having fun.

Tosin: What does the term “Cut Seven” mean?

Chris: The expression ‘cut,’ to get cut, to rip up. The idea is, where each day, we’re going to work on a different body part. 7 days a week, 7 different muscle groups. One day you’ll come in, and we’ll have back day. One day you’ll come in, you’ll have chest day, legs day, ass day, things like that.

We’ll always have that cardio foundation, where we’ll be doing sports conditioning, like you did sprints and stuff today. We’ll always have that and those athletic movements, the single-leg hops, things like that, to keep you on your toes, but we will be concentrating, as far as muscle development, on one body part. We’ll have a primary body part each day, with a secondary that same day. It won’t be just back. It’ll be back and abs or chest and legs, something like that.

Tosin: Very nice, very nice. I heard that you’re going to have, I guess, a front-end bar, right?

Chris: It’s not like a bar where you’re going to have drinks. It’s just going to be a place for people to chill. Think of when you walk into the Apple Store and there’s no checkout. It’s kind of like that atmosphere where we just want people to feel comfortable walking in and just hanging out.

…We know that there are a lot of people who love fitness and love health and are looking for a community and somewhere that they can just be themselves, let their hair down, and hang out.

Tosin: What’s your goal for 2018?

Chris: We want to be the best gym and best fitness studio in DC. If that’s not where we’re aiming at, then what are you going to achieve if you don’t aim for the sky?

We love the concept that we’ve created, and we think that it’s going to catch on. We know that it’s going to catch on because we’ve been doing it. We absolutely can see this in other cities, but our focus right now is 100% DC and bringing this to our community. In the future, for sure.”

Tosin: Thanks for this interview, good conversation.

Chris: Come back anytime.

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5 Fitness Dates

Boxing Urban Boxing DC is high intensity fitness that features different levels of exercises and styles.  The facility features boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, self-defense, Thai Boxing, wrestling, or high intensity cardio. Urban boxing will definitely get your blood and sweat flowing.

You can partner up with your date to use one boxing bag but watch out for her right hook! If that wasn’t enough to convince you, your first class is free!

Water Activities Kayaking ($22/hr avg)

It’s a nice day, the sun is shining, DC humidity is low, and the air is crisp. It’s the perfect  time for water activities like kayaking or paddle boating in the DMV. Locations vary from the Key Bridge, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National Harbor, etc. Bring lunch, snacks, and drinks, and prepare to enjoy a nice time on the water, or dock on one of the islands.

Sport Rock Climbing Center (Day Rental $18 each)

Rock Climbing is a great fitness activity that is both competitive and fun. It uses various muscle groups for a great all-around workout. Tighten your safety harness and see who can be on top first. Be sure to check out Sport Rock in Alexandria!

Running

Nike Run Club (@nikerunning)

District Running Collective (@DistrictRunningCollective)

Nike Run Club and District Running Collective both offer a social means to run with others of your fitness level. This includes long distance running and running at various paces. Which one of you will run the faster pace on your date? Loser buys the drinks!

Biking

Bike and Roll (Cost varies)

Capital Bikeshare ($2 single trip)

Strap on your helmet and bike around the city with your date. This activity elevates your heart rate while embracing the scenic view of DC’s beautiful architecture and monuments.  Conveniently rent a bike from one of many Capital Bikeshare locations.  Bike and Roll DC offers various types of bikes to match your style. A tandem 2 seater bike can be rented for a romantic riding session to really see how in sync you both are.

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Body Like Teyana

Camera’s rolling, lights on, cue music; you begin to hear Kanye West Fade playing through the speakers; suddenly, we’re graced with the magnificent body of Ms. Teyana Taylor.

Although T has been known for her curvaceous body since the beginning, it has now been taken up a notch or ten. Possibly because just 9 months ago, she gave birth to her first born daughter, Baby Iman Shumpert, and not an ounce of evidence is present on her washboard stomach.

The aftermath of her phenomenal performance in Fade, resulted in a rise in gym memberships for both men and women.

The question on everyone’s mind is, how do I get a body like Teyana?! Well, according to Teyana, she has great genetics seeing that she eats whatever she wants. “I was 6 years old with a six pack”, says Teyana. She’s also a fan of the elliptical, since it provides continuous resistance to shape her legs and glutes. She also does a lot of leg lifts to shape her abs. Squats are key to shaping her legs, thighs, and abs since it’s a compound exercise. Teyana also believes in alternative forms of exercise apart from the typical working out with a trainer. She dances a great deal as a form of expression and complete body conditioning. Her most important advice is to not starve yourself, and listen to your body during your workouts.

Teyana Taylor’s stats

Height – 5 ft 4 ¼ in

Weight – 115 pounds

Measurements – 38-22-37 in

Bra Size – 34D

Body – like a goddess

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Spice Up Your Fitness Drink (Your Muscles Will Thank You)

From weekend warriors to superstar Olympic athletes, one thing they have in common is their hate for muscle cramps; a Charley Horse if you will. It can make a 300 pound football player cry out of his sleep, or stop a triathlete from reaching the end of the race (2004 Olympics).

There are many snake oil treatments, methods, rituals, and the like to battle this scourge of the fitness world. These include drinking more water, electrolytes, eating a banana, and stretching the muscle like your life depended on it.  

Possible causes:

  • Poor blood circulation in the legs
  • Overexertion of the calf muscles while exercising
  • Insufficient stretching before exercise
  • Exercising in the heat
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Magnesium and/or potassium deficiency
  • Calcium deficiency in pregnant women
  • Malfunctioning nerves.

Initially thought to be a muscular dysfunction, has recently been found to be caused from a misfiring of nerves. Nerve cells that extend from the spinal cord become hyper excitable and go haywire, then an excruciating muscle cramp forms. It has also been found that some people are predisposed to cramp easily whether they exercise lightly or intensely. Muscle cramps play a huge role in the quick abandonment many fitness journey’s; some quit within a few weeks of starting. Without warning it can hit you like a ton of bricks.

Research done within the last couple of years has provided an effective solution: Cayenne Pepper or other hot spices.  Taken prior to, during, or immediately after exercising, your chances of obtaining an intense muscle cramp is reduced by 3x.  A new company is marketing a product called HOTSHOT to improve neuromuscular performance and prevent muscle cramps at its root.  You can try your own homemade concoction, i.e cayenne, water, honey, etc. The research surrounding this topic is ongoing. As always please consult with your Doctor prior to trying new supplements.

Nothing should stop you from achieving your health and fitness goals!

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Get In “Formation” At District Groove

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Earlier this year, Queen Bey graced the DMV area with her presence in an epic fashion! Many who witnessed Beyonce’s performance were ready to fall in love, twerk something, and be a boss all within attending the 2 hour concert experience. Now, a local dance studio is giving you a chance to get your butt in “
formation” while listening to Formation.  

Dance, twerk, sweat, and feel empowered while toning and becoming a better you at District Groove! According to District Groove’s website, Beyonce Dance Course classes give dancers the opportunity to learn simplified versions of choreography from popular Beyonce music videos and performances.

“The Beyoncé dance class I took was full of energy, laughs, and super easy and fun moves anybody and their cousin too can do!” – Mercy Chikowore

District Groove combines Beyonce style choreography with a high intensity workout at 5454 Wisconsin Ave Chevy Chase, MD 20815.  

Classes (co-ed) are $35; be sure to check the site for more details!

Check out the preview video here!

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