Major League Bocce began for many of the same reasons anyone plays bocce ball: the founders were looking for a way to enjoy the social aspect of organized sports, but with less of an athletic component and preferably with a drink in hand. Since forging that modest alliance of close-knit friends in 2004, the company has reached for ever higher goals. Each season, they donate a portion of their registration fees to local charities, and the prize for each winning team is a donation to the charity of their choice. This has added up to more than $100,000 in donations throughout the company's 10-year existence. Like a house spider when your back is turned, the company is swiftly growing?8,000 players now participate not only in Washington D.C., but also Philadelphia, Austin, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Boston.
City Fitness Gym promotes healthier lifestyles in a community environment with cardio and weight equipment, communal fitness classes, and personal-training sessions. The cardio area houses a cross-section of calorie-busting machines such as Life Fitness treadmills, a Versa Climber machine, and Concept II Rowers. A full free-weight room comes stocked with balance boards, medicine balls, and kettlebells, accompanied by weight machines to help clients add some definition to their frames.
A full schedule of classes, including Pilates, yoga and body-sculpting sessions as well as one-hour personal-training that helps clients map out their fitness goals without having to watching old VHS tapes of Pumping Iron.
Balance Gym really is about balance?a balance between strength and stamina, individual and group workouts, and indoor and outdoor exercise. While some classes take place in well-appointed fitness studios, others involve running through Rock Creek Park, doing burpees at the Washington Monument, or deadlifting the Lincoln Memorial. With so many options for getting into shape, it's no wonder the gym was named DC's best by Washington City Paper. If you favor a more intense workout, check out the hugely popular CrossFit program, which blends gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and intense conditioning into a calorie-torching cocktail.
United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.
Keeper of many of our country's most precious documents and relics, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is a one-of-a-kind treasure trove of historical material. Although admission to the National Archives is free, as a Patron-Level member of the Foundation, you'll be able to skip long lines by using the special-events entrance. Stop by to enjoy exhibits such as the Public Vaults, which include materials such as Abraham Lincoln's correspondence with generals, or stay connected to the Archives from home with a complimentary subscription to Prologue, the Archives' quarterly magazine. In addition to several other benefits, Patron-Level members also get access to special tours, discounts at the Archives' brick-and-mortar store as well as its online shop, and complimentary admission to presidential libraries and museums around the country.
When Oprah wanted to inspire her audience to get in shape on the “Live Your Best Life” tour, she called Laurent Amzallag. When JC Hayward wanted to get her studio moving, she called Laurent Amzallag. When CBS wanted to host regular segments to get their viewers up off the couch, they called Laurent Amzallag. There’s a reason so many are drawn to this spellbinding fitness guru: the YaLa inventor and all-around lady-killer cloaks gym-ready exercises in fun dance moves to create his own fun brand of exercise.
YaLa routines fold tenets of plyometrics, core training, cardio, and agility together for fast-paced, high-energy sessions that whip bodies into shape without repetitive lunges, boring squats, or tedious uphill boulder rolls. Laurent and his team also host special YaLa events and outreach activities, such as the Michael Jackson–soundtracked “Believe” workout party and fundraisers for the local children’s hospital.