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bodyweight bootcamp @centerpointe + roasted pepper and anchovy salad

Morning! How much do you need coffee right now?photo (3)
I’m chugging this Blonde Roast and trying to remember what I’ve been doing since I woke up about four hours ago…

Today I embarked on an early morning adventure to CenterPointe studio in Adams Morgan!center_pointe_studio_dc_CenterPointe has been open for about three months (they took over that old and weird “Capital Hemp” store on Adams Mill) and offers functional movement-focused workouts that range from body weight conditioning to kettlebell training. When they asked me to come try out a class, I was on board!

I met our trainer (and studio co-owner), May, for a 6 am BYOB (Bring Your Own Body) boot camp class. The small-group session lasted 60 minutes and went through a variety of body weight exercises. The only “equipment” we used were jump ropes! (Yes, that’s the Wicked Healthy Washingtonian and the DC Fit Crasher pictured below!)center_pointe_studio_dc_DSC04491May kicked off the class and got our heart rates up with jumping jacks, bear crawls, crab walks, and planks. After that, we did some air squats. May had us go around and do them individually, while she critiqued us in front of each other — which I’ll admit can be a bit scary for workout wallflowers. The group, though, was laid-back and welcoming, so I didn’t feel too intimidated.

Class got pretty entertaining when we tackled fun jump rope exercises — everything from skipping to backwards jumping to double-unders.

Up next were wall walks and pushups, which May first performed and explained in detail for the class (she did this for just about every movement).
Although the class was pretty low-intensity for the first 45 minutes, it ended on the sweatier side. We finished off with a 15-minute AMRAP: 30 double-unders, and 30 squats (100 single unders for those who didn’t have doubles). It was pretty tough!

Overall, I have to give May plenty of praise for her perfect technique and instruction — it’s clear that she knows her stuff when it comes to functional movement. Plus, she designed an entertaining and low-impact workout that didn’t use a single one of the weights or equipment items in the studio…center_pointe_studio_dc_DSC04495So that was pretty cool.

When it comes to a sweat score, I think the class could have been more challenging. The first 30-40 minutes of class featured a lot of instruction and low-intensity movements that were fun, but not very difficult.

Overall: I’d give CenterPointe a 6.5/10 — it’s got a great community, family-like vibe, excellent instruction, and a good location. The workouts (or at least the one I went to!) contain challenging movements, but aren’t difficult in terms of intensity. If you’re looking to perfect your functional movement form, increase flexibility, or get a workout to help you overcome imbalances or injury, CenterPointe might be for you! They also offer kettlebell and “raise the bar” classes which I’d be curious to check out.

Great start to the day. Thanks, CenterPointe!
Now that the morning has been so early and event-packed, it’s going to be tough to power through the rest of the day… but luckily, I have an awesome lunchtime salad to look forward to.anchoive_roasted_pepper_salad_DSC0048It’s a pretty crazy creation that was inspired by a deep and strange love of mine: ANCHOVIES. The  salty, fishy taste of these little canned gems goes perfectly with a creamier dressing and crisp lettuces.anchoive_roasted_pepper_salad_DSC0060I know many  people hate anchovies, so if you’re one of them, feel free to stop reading! If you’re not, continue on for the recipe :)anchoive_roasted_pepper_salad_DSC0058Roasted Red Pepper + Anchovy Salad (makes 1 monster salad)

  • Large handful of mixed, crisp lettuces (I mixed red butter, romaine, red baby kale, and endive… I have a problem)
  • 4 roasted red peppers (the Italian ones you buy in a jar)
  • 1/4 cup of black-eyed peas and/or canellini beans
  • 1  hardboiled egg
  • 3 tablespoons shaved parmesan (feta might also taste good)
  • 3 anchovies — oil reserved

Dressing (I’d recommend doubling or tripling this recipe, and keeping)

  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of reserved anchovy oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 a garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions: Mix salad ingredients. Toss with dressing. EAT!anchoive_roasted_pepper_salad_DSC0051And sorry to all the people I grossed out with the anchovy pics 😉

Have a beautiful Thursday!

  • Anchovies: yay or nay?
  • Locals: Favorite functional fitness studio?
  • Tell me what you’re having for lunch today!



8 thoughts on “bodyweight bootcamp @centerpointe + roasted pepper and anchovy salad

  1. I don’t know if I like anchovies, but I feel like it’s one of those things that I’m supposed to hate, and I hate most other foods so…..

    What do you think? Should I try them on a salad? Or will they make me stinky?

  2. What a fun morning! I’ve run by that place so many times and I’m always curious what goes on inside! I’m still terrified of anchovies… but maybe I’ll become brave and try them. Lunch for me today is curried chickpea salad!

  3. I was SO EXCITED for coffee this morning- holy crap haha. Worth it to wake up early and try something new with you! Way to be a jump rope queen btw and thank you for not (openly) judging my jump rope abilities.