“We are going to have fun, but you will break a sweat,” noted Chris Geier, Director of Group Athletics, just before we left for our OutRun.
This turned out to be a huge understatement – there was a lot of fun, and A LOT of sweat.
Roam is the hottest new fitness trend in DC – based in a hotel (the Savoy Suites in Glover Park), it offers the standard equipment and personal training you’d expect to see in a first-class gym, but also provides OutRuns. OutRuns are trail runs and high-intensity interval training combined – there are planned stops at designated locations along the path for pushups, dips, burpees, hip thrusts…and less conventional exercises like parachute sprints, wood chopping, and resistance band work.
“Jogging and other steady-state exercise pushes your body to move toward efficiency – your metabolism, heart rate, and breathing will acclimate to save energy. Interval training pushes you past those boundaries so you can get faster and stronger,” says Chris. “In this workout, you’ll learn to use the running time to recover.”
If running doesn’t sound like “recovery” to you, don’t worry – I was a little dubious too! Fitness and running bloggers Ericka and Marlesa were there for the workout, and have way more races under their belts than me. Both Chris and Ghraham King (Roam’s founder) are in the upper echelons of fitness and have been in the industry for years as athletes and CrossFit coaches, respectively. But with some bumping music and lots of high fives, it was easy to feel mentally comfortable while extremely physically challenged…let me take you through the morning:
Our fearless leaders, Chris and Graham:
Just starting off with a light jog…the square on the back of Chris’s bag is a portable speaker that can really crank!
Chris demos an 8-count burpee:
And also parachute sprints:
I would highly recommend anyone who wants an invigorating challenge and the chance to see some nature in DC to try an OutRun – they’ll be opening a Dupont location in a few months! As they say at Roam, “think outside the box – metaphorically and literally!”
When was the last time you did a workout that was “outside the box?” What was it?