Ashley Inman “My Fitness Journey and ReserveKing”


But all jokes aside, when you’re in school, and still have regular walks between classes or the ability to schedule a quick yoga class in between Bugs and Peopleand What Is The Good Life? with your sorority sister, it’s easy to stay in good shape, even with 25 cent pitchers and $2 doubles at the local bars (not that any of my college readers do that, right?)

When I moved to Washington, D.C., things changed. I settled into my apartment in late January, and could barely handle going outside without a huge down coat, much less going for a run in the sleet and snow. I didn’t know where the nearest Metro station was, much less any fitness studios or gyms. And in between waking up at 6:00am to get to work by 8:00am, and getting home at 6:00pm, half of my day alone was spent at work or getting ready for it; when I did the math, 80 percent of my waking hours were spent getting ready for work, commuting there, sitting at my desk, and commuting home. This, combined with the fact that sitting at a desk or on the train for half of your day, meant that fitness became an increasingly smaller part of my life, and I felt awful.

How did people find the time — and the energy—to make physical activity a part of their routine?

For me, it was a matter of finding the right form of exercise. In particular, I found that group exercise classes were much more effective at keeping me motivated, excited for my workouts, and in shape in general. I tried kickboxing, hot yoga, cycling, pilates; but I couldn’t find a studio that offered me all of those options.

My routine changed drastically when I was able to use online fitness services to reserve classes around my schedule, and in particular, pick and choose a variety of options from different studios and gyms. I had used Classpass before, in both Florida and DC, and enjoyed it; but it never felt particularly intuitive to my needs.

But recently, I learned that ReserveKing is launching soon in the capital area, an
d will revolutionize not only my fitness routine, but the entire boutique fitness industry in Washington, D.C.

ReserveKing helps local fitness studios in Washington and surrounding areas connect with people like me, who want more opportunities for fitness, but don’t have the ability to commit to a single studio, or want variety in the classes they take and the places they take it from. It’s a particularly great option for someone who wants to get a membership to a specific studio, but wants to shop around and see what fitness providers they connect with the most, first. If you are like me, and want to kick box on Monday, cycle on Wednesday, and wrap up your week with Friday Ashtanga, then ReserveKing is for you

ReserveKing is an online, multi-studio fitness service where you can not only book appointments in real time, but also, post and read reviews of classes and studios. I think this ability to share your experiences is key. We know that everyone in D.C. is busy. You barely have time to workout, much less time to waste at a workout class that isn’t stellar. ReserveKing’s reviews and ratings allow you to see which class is right for you before you even book it.

I’ve signed up to get personally notified of ReserveKing’s official launch date in the coming weeks, and if you live in Washington and want access to a premier and unique fitness service, you should too.

I can’t wait recommit to fitness in a way that’s tailored to me, and my own individual needs



Vanessa Faria was born in Brazil but since has lived in three different states around the U.S and traveled to over 50 countries. She's a writer, dreamer, photographer, adventure seeker, risk taker. Follow her on @mazeoffreedom


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