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Owners of CrossFit gyms in the Tysons area are distancing themselves from an insensitive tweet by CrossFit’s CEO.

Greg Glassman, the CEO, recently apologized for saying “It’s FLOYD-19” in response to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s tweet calling racism a public health issue, according to BET.

Reebok and several CrossFit athletes have since cut ties with the branded fitness regimen because of the tweet, and hundreds of gyms across the U.S. have disaffiliated from CrossFit over the tweet, according to reports from Forbes and People.

Tysons Reporter reached out to CrossFit gyms located in Vienna, Falls Church and Tysons. Six of them have denounced Glassman’s tweet.

The staff behind the CrossFit Tysons Corner (8453-K Tyco Road) told Tysons Reporter in an email that they do not condone Glassman’s statements. “We are exploring options for de-affiliation,” the email said.

Curtis Blake of CrossFit Falls Church (130 W. Jefferson Street) said that its members are aware of the gym’s stance.

“I was deeply saddened by the insensitivity that was shown and/or the malice in Glassman’s post,” Blake told Tysons Reporter. “I would like to see him step down and a change in leadership before we personally [make] a decision.” Blake declined to comment further.

CrossFit Route 7 (8504-B Tyco R0ad) and CrossFit North Vienna (234 Dominion Road NE) — a.k.a. the Phoenix Athletix Club — both shared on social media that they do not support Glassman’s comments.

“At this point, we do not know exactly what the next steps look like for the gym,” CrossFit Route 7 said in its Facebook post.

Meanwhile, CrossFit Fairfax (2831 Dorr Ave) wrote on Facebook that it will honor the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday, June 13, but did not include a direct mention of Glassman’s tweet.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in our gym, the broader fitness community, or the world at large,” the post said.

Marcus Ford of Tinner Hill CrossFit (336 S. Washington Street) said that the gym took to Facebook yesterday to reaffirm the location’s beliefs.

“I simply wanted to iterate to our extended community that we are steadfast in our beliefs, have always and will always operate without discrimination,” Ford told Tysons Reporter. “We openly welcome ALL people with no concern for race, religion, gender(s), sexualities or otherwise.”

Ford said that the incident “called into question the beliefs of CrossFit affiliates all over the world, and I personally and professionally felt the need to remind our community that no matter what methodology we use for fitness, we are resolute in the principles we’ve been known for by our community.”

The location is still a CrossFit gym, “however only time will tell what the future may hold for us in terms of affiliation,” Ford said.

Photo via CrossFit Tysons Corner/Facebook

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During these challenging times, we want to know what you’re doing to try to stay happy and healthy.

Self-care ranges from physical health to emotional wellness. While social distancing guidelines and Virginia’s stay-at-home order have restricted certain activities like gathering with friends at a restaurant, shopping at malls and going to movie theaters, many businesses have pivoted to virtual offerings.

Previously, Tysons Reporter has rounded up online workout classes from local gyms, bookstores offering delivery and curbside pickup and virtual religious services.

We also have a list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery in the Tysons area. For people wanting to make their own staycation, we have a guide for that too.

Let us know how you’re practicing self-care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vote for your favorite from the list below and feel free to share your other top picks in the comments section.

Photo via Avrielle Suleiman on Unsplash

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People looking to exercise with someone while staying home can turn to their local gyms and fitness studios.

While Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order is in place, many fitness studios in Tysons have decided to offer virtual classes.

A few months ago, Tysons Reporter rounded up the gyms and fitness studios around Tysons. Now, we took a look to see which ones have pivoted to online services, including group classes and one-on-one sessions.

From boxing videos to yoga classes, here’s what we found:

Interested people can check out each studio’s website for more information.

Photo via BREAKAWAY/Facebook

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COVID-19 has prompted a lot of closures, but there are still certain recreational activities in the Tysons area to help people stay healthy while social distancing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people take care of their bodies through tactics like deep breathing, stretching and meditation during the recent outbreak.

Now that it’s officially spring, here’s where people can check out local gardens or get some sunshine while taking a walk.

Parks and Outdoor Activities 

The NOVA Parks website said that most parks will remain open for the time being, but with specific changes made to staffing. The visitor center is closed, but people are free to come and go, according to the website.

While Fairfax County has closed its indoor park facilities and recreation, nature and community centers through March 29, people can still use the county’s outdoor parks and trails.

Some parks in the Tysons area include:

The Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna are still open to the public but without programming like tours, according to its website.

“At the core of Meadowlark is a wonderful public garden; a pleasure garden for strolling and relaxing, a center for environmental and horticultural education,” the website said.

Apps and Fitness Resources 

Though it isn’t necessarily a new trend, fitness classes are going digital so that people can still exercise at home.

F45 in The Boro has suspended its in-studio workouts, but the instructors are posting daily home workout videos on Instagram.

“The workouts are designed to be done at home with little to no equipment and are uploaded each day via IG TV,” according to a press release. “Individuals have the opportunity to comment with any questions or modifications.”

Core Power Yoga closed its studios but offers digital classes so people can take guided classes on-demand from the comfort of their own home, its website said.

FitOn offers a large variety of fitness classes for clients and there is even a free version that people can take advantage of.

Digital Fitness Assessment on major app stores is yet another option for home fitness. It lets people record their goals and helps keep them on track, according to the app description.

Mental Wellbeing

For people feeling isolated, experts also suggest touching base with friends and family using digital tools such as Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts. All these software allow people to video chat and see each other without coming into close proximity.

For mental health issues, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Series Administration has a hotline where people can reach out if they are becoming concerned. People can chat with someone for free at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

The CDC also directly suggests avoiding substances like alcohol and drugs while in self-isolation.

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The Athleta store in Tysons Corner Center plans to offer a monthly fitness bootcamp starting this weekend.

The free bootcamps are set to take place at the Fashion Court on the second level across from Nordstrom. Attendees can expect themed workouts, giveaways and snacks, according to the event page.

Tysons Corner Center recruited Athleta to create the monthly series, which will vary depending on the month and time of year, Todd Putt, the mall’s senior marketing manager, said.

Todd said that the bootcamps are a new take on the former Tysons FitClub.

“Bootcamps used to happen weekly when it was Tysons FitClub,” Todd said. “Attendance varies, but the goal is to have around 50 people attend this series, monthly with the joint collaboration with Athleta.”

The first one will be held on Sunday, March 1, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Attendees can expect a yoga instructor, Todd said, adding that the format and class offerings will change from month to month.

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Tysons’ eight neighborhoods have several gyms and fitness studios are people looking for places to exercise indoors.

Tysons Reporter did some research and has been chronicling where to break a sweat around Tysons.

A few weeks ago, we looked at options in Tysons West and Tysons Central 7. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons Central 123, North Central and Old Courthouse.

Tysons Central 123

[solidcore] has 50-minute classes of slow and controlled resistance training at 7911 Westpark Drive. Most weekday classes are offered between 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m., while weekend classes tend to be held from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Packages start at $20 per class.

Located near Tysons Corner Center, N2Shape (8000 Towers Crescent Drive) offers personal training, small group training, senior fitness and corporate fitness. According to the online schedule, the group classes are scheduled in the morning.

Later this year, people can look for CycleBar in Tysons Galleria.

North Central 

Custom Kinetics (7921 Jones Branch Drive) is a personal training company. The training options include strength, weight loss, performance and kettlebell.

1TO1 Fitness also offers personal training in Northern Virginia and D.C. The Tysons location is at 7900 Westpark Drive.

Old Courthouse

Fitness Together at 8300 Boone Blvd, Suite 160 has personalized training with a resistance training program, cardio program and nutrition help.

For spin classes, Tai Chi and pilates, Equinox is at 8065 Leesburg Pike. The luxury fitness studio is open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Fridays and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends. Equinox also offers treadmills, spas and cardio workouts.

For the rest of Tysons’ neighborhoods, there’s a Sport and Health (1800 Old Meadow Road) in East Side and 7Core Fitness (1735 Burning Tree Drive) in the area between the Vienna area and the West Side neighborhood.

Photo via Custom Kinetics/Facebook

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Tysons has several gyms and fitness studios are people looking for places to exercise indoors.

Tysons Reporter did some research on gyms and fitness studios in the area and separated them into Tysons’ eight neighborhoods.

A few weeks ago, we looked at fitness options in Tysons West. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons Central 7.

The newly opened F45 in The Boro offers a variety of classes: cardio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; strength and resistance training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and mixed-exercise classes on Saturdays. While most of the classes appear to be in the morning, people can take some at 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on certain weekdays.

For late-night gym-goers, Crunch Fitness is open until 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Fridays and until 8 p.m. on the weekends. In addition to traditional gym offerings, Crunch Fitness has ballet barre and cycling classes.

Tysons Sport and Health (8250 Greensboro Drive) offers group fitness classes like cycling and yoga, along with racquetball, a kids’ club and indoor and outdoor pools. The gym is open from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays.

The Bar Method Tysons Corner (2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 185) is a boutique fitness studio that has two workout stations for barre and core exercise classes. People can choose between the Bar Method, Bar Advanced and Our Bar Move classes, which are 60 minutes, and the Bar Express class, which is 45 minutes. Classes are usually offered between 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays, between 8-11 a.m. on Saturdays and between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.

While not a gym, EMP 180 Weight Loss (8397 Leesburg Pike) has one-on-one coaching to help people with nutrition and weight loss.

Photo via F45/Facebook

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Orangetheory Fitness is coming to Idylwood Plaza.

The new tenant will occupy the 3,145-square-foot space that Massage Heights will vacate at the end of January, Emily Gagliardi, the leasing director for Idylwood Plaza, told Tysons Reporter.

The fitness chain is opening a location in Falls Church at 6404D Arlington Blvd.

Orangetheory Fitness offers hour-long workouts where people can choose between walking, jogging, running, biking and other activities. The studios have treadmills, bikes, striders, rowers and weights, according to the company’s website.

Photo via Orangetheory Fitness Falls Church/Facebook

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It’s now three days into 2020 — a.k.a. the new “Roaring 20s.”

Did you create new year’s resolutions earlier this week? If so, how are you doing?

Tysons Reporter has a few changes ready to roll out next week, including revamped Morning Notes that will now get posted on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Expect more newsroom pop-ups at local coffee shops in the spring and more opportunities for reader engagement.

Editor Catherine Douglas Moran’s resolution is to exercise three times a week. So far, she’s on track — and walking as much as possible for reporting in Tysons.

Reporter Ashley Hopko plans to read at least one new book each month “on a topic that I’m completely unfamiliar with.” Yesterday, she kicked off her resolution by picking up a copy of “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson.

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Whether you’re already into fitness or one of the many people making a New Year’s goal to exercise more in 2020, there are several gyms around Tysons to check out.

Tysons Reporter did some research on gyms and fitness studios in the area and separated them into Tysons’ eight neighborhoods. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons West.

24 Hour Fitness (1500 Cornerside Blvd, Suite A) has typical gym offerings, including an indoor pool, weights, cardio equipment, racquetball court, sauna and basketball court. The club offers groups for cycling and exercise, classes and training. The club is open from 4 a.m. to midnight every day of the week, according to its website.

Tysons Playground Fitness & Performance Center is a family-oriented space with youth programs for kids ages 8 and up and weight loss programs for adults at 8502 Tyco Road, Suite B. Members have 24-hour access to the facility, according to the website.

Tysons City Boxing (8501- 2A Tyco Road) offers boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and circuit training for beginners and advanced people. Most of the classes appear to be scheduled in the afternoon, with ones extending into the evening at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., according to the schedule.

Another boxing studio — Rock Steady Boxing — has a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum for people with Parkinson’s Disease. The facility is located at 8501 Tyco Road A-2.

Hot Yoga Tysons has “hot, warm and cool” classes running as later as 9 p.m. on certain days. The studio is at 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 130.

BREAKAWAY Fitness has treadmills, an open floor, cable cross, hammer strength, ellipticals, bikes and rowers, along with personal training, massages and group exercise, according to its website. The facility is open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday at 1524 Springhill Road, Unit GG.

Fitness chain CrossFit has two locations — one called “Route 7” (8504-B Tyco Road) and another called “Tysons Corner” (8453 Tyco Road, Suite K). Both have classes in the evenings.

Fans of Orangetheory Fitness can find the hour-long classes at 1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 150. The studio offers classes in the evenings, with the latest ones starting around 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on certain weekdays.

The Edge Strongman 2.0 (8502-B Tyco Road) “is dedicated to providing elite-level strongman coaching to both men and women with the equipment, personalized service and extensive knowledge,” according to its Facebook page. It is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 4 p.m. on weekends, according to its website.

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