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Top trainers at the area's most exclusive clubs share summer fitness tips

Here are a few suggestions for helping maintain a trim fi gure on the beach.
• Most Americans eat the same 10-15 foods. Try experimenting with new fruits and vegetables, as a greater variety is available during the summer.
• While mixed cocktails taste great on a hot summer evening, just one can easily contain 400 calories. Pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris and even margaritas are blended with high-calorie juices. Stick to vodka, wine or light beer.
• Dipping sauces add fl avor, but they also add calories. Ask for salad dressings on the side, eat the chicken satay without the peanut sauce and stick to veggies without the dip.
• Replace burgers with grilled portobello mushrooms and vegetable kebabs.


You've taken out your swimsuit for the season and realized it doesn't hide additional pounds. A good place to start is with a trainer who can assess your physical condition and help you develop a personal fi tness program. Tommy Tomlo, personal trainer to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says that all of his clients follow a unique exercise routine to target certain areas and make work outs more effi cient. Here are tips from other leading fitness pros:



• Do cardio in the morning to burn off stored fat reserves.
• For more energy during strength training, Michael suggests taking a long run or doing cardio before.
• While losing weight, it's important to balance burning fat and gaining muscle.
• Continue workouts at home with a balancing ball. The ball helps to tone core muscles while at the same time working your butt, legs, thighs and upper body.
• Walk wherever you can, especially at night when your metabolism slows down and needs and extra boost.
• Join a sports team that you enjoy such as baseball, basketball or kickball.
• Forget white food – substitute your bad carbs (starches) with good carbs. Sugar, white rice, pasta and white bread should go out the door.
• Dance during your summer fiesta. The more you dance, the more calories you will burn.
• Take advantage of the summer weather and make physical activity a large part of your day whether that be tennis, swimming, hiking, golfing (sans cart) or biking.
• Avoid resting more than 30 seconds during strength training session.
• Exercise multiple muscles simultaneously by pairing your favorite leg and arm exercises together.
• Integrate cardio between your strength training sessions such as step-ups, jumping jacks, or jumping rope.
• Do a minimum of three cardio days and two strength training days per week.
• Tone hips and thighs by power walking. Target love handles with swimming or tennis.
• Eat three square meals a day with healthy carbs and proteins along with two small snacks.
• Be consistent with your eating and your workout intensity.
With over three levels and 12,000 square feet, the Four Seasons Fitness Club is a state-ofthe- art fitness facility. Each machine comes equipped with a television, DVD and CD player, radio and individual headset. The club also features a lap pool, eucalyptus-scented steam room and studios for yoga, spinning and aerobics.
A full range of TechnoGym training equipment with both cardiovascular and resistance machines. A 50-foot indoor lap pool with a kite suspended from the ceiling as a reference to the Smithsonian Kite festival.
Private televisions for most cardio equipment by LifeFitness. The gym also has extensive freeweights and nautilus machines and rooms for massage, facial treatments, spinning, bikram yoga and aerobics. Before you leave, make sure to take a steam or sauna or try a mint and eucalyptus infused towel.
The Sports Club/LA is not just a 10,000 square foot gym with hundreds of cardio and weight machines, but a social meeting spot for Washington tastemakers. The gym offers full-service salon, dry cleaner, café and even a bar (though Tomlo doesn't recommend alcohol). The facilities are top of the line: steam showers, saunas, swimming pool, basketball and squash courts.
MInitial fees start at $6,000 for membership with $250 monthly fee. Training is handled by Verve Health and Fitness and starts at about $100 an hour.
Use of the gym for non-hotel guests is only through training sessions, which start at $110 an hour.
$245 enrollment fee About $100 monthly fees depending on membership type. Private training starts at $69 per session.
About a $500 enrollment fee, though at times deals are offered. Membership rates start at $142 a month and training sessions run $85 for one or $67 per if you purchase 30.
5:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
6:00 am – 11 p.m. daily.
Weekdays: 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Weekdays: 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Weekends: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
M2800 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. (202) 342-0444 www.fourseasons.com
1330 Maryland Avenue, S.W. (202) 554 – 8588 www.mandarinoriental.com
1724 California St, N.W. (202) 328 – 6468 www.mintfitness.com
1170 M St., N.W. (202) 974-6600 www.thesportsclubla.com





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