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Fitness Club in Ballston Quarter Completes $2 Million Makeover, Gets a New Name

(Updated at 8:45 a.m.) The gym formerly known as Sport & Health in Ballston Quarter now has a new name, to go alongside a bit of a refresh.

US Fitness, the company that owns the fitness club, wrapped up a $2 million renovation of the newly christened “Onelife Fitness” on Tuesday (Nov. 6). A grand opening for the refurbished gym is now set for next Tuesday (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. to celebrate the completed makeover, according to a press release.

US Fitness operates primarily under the Onelife Fitness brand, but also operates all of the Sport & Health clubs around the D.C. area. “Our brand’s success is driven by our passion and commitment to provide solutions and results for our members. We are always looking for how we can improve by developing or adopting cutting-edge programs and solutions,” Kirk and John Galiani, co-chairmen and founders of US Fitness, said in a statement.

New gear from the makeover includes:

  • cardio equipment
  • treadmills
  • ellipticals
  • stair climbers
  • bikes
  • rowers
  • strength equipment including free weights, circuit and functional training equipment
  • indoor and outdoor turf training spaces

In addition to locker rooms and amenities, the fitness club will also offer an expanded club with a maze for children; a cycle studio with Coach by Color bikes; a new studio with yoga, barre and Pilates; high-intensity training; and a group fitness studio.

The gym remained open during the renovation, which is now complete, Kirk Galiani told ARLnow. The gym is on the third floor of Ballston Quarter (4238 Wilson Blvd), which Forest City is currently revamping. The mall blew past its opening date twice — once in September and again in October.

Virginia is home to more than half of the 30 total Onelife Fitness clubs, which span four states.

Just a few months ago, the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index crowned Arlington as “America’s fittest city” for “achieving a balance of both healthy behaviors and community infrastructure.”

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The Only Workout You Need is at E60 Fitness

Every fitness genre from barre to boxing claims to provide the best workout for your body.

These claims force people to either commit to one type of exercise or bounce around between gyms and fitness studios trying to fit in every type of workout our body needs.

What if there was one workout structure that covered all aspects of exercise? One training program that incorporates the best from all fitness platforms?

That one workout structure exists, and it’s available in Arlington at E60 Fitness. Their comprehensive 60 minute workout packed with variety is designed to burn-fat, build lean-muscle, enhance conditioning and improve functionality for people of all fitness levels.

E60 Fitness’ Elevate 60 class was designed by athletes and fitness professionals to incorporate the best of all exercise disciplines into a single game-changing workout. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works:

  • The action-packed workout includes several exercise stations, each with varying routines and purposes, all programmed to compliment each other for a well-rounded and comprehensive, total-body workout.
  • In one station you may go through sprint intervals on a spin bike, in another you may perform a series of lower body exercises (i.e: weighted squats and deadlifts), and in another station you might strap on the boxing gloves and unleash your energy on a punching bag.
  • Each station is capped between 5 and 10 minutes so you’ll never be subject to a long distance run or forced to perform excessive volumes of the same exercise. Intensity intervals are used in cardio based stations to pack greater benefit into a short amount of time and increase performance. Majority of the exercises will involve resistance to enable lean-muscle growth and fat-burn long after the class is over.
  • Heart Rate devices are worn throughout class and large monitors within the facility display real-time heart rate and Calorie statistics so you know how you are performing. These stats are also tracked historically, so you can analyze trends and make adjustments to improve your performance over time.
  • Each workout activates the entire body, but specific muscle groups are targeted in the strength training stations. This ensures you have an intentional focus for each day, and a comprehensive breakdown of the body over each week.
  • Each workout is designed to accommodate and challenge all fitness levels. Each participant has the ability to choose their own resistance levels and determines their own speed based on the instructor’s guidance. Each instructor is prepared with modifications for every movement.
  • No two workouts are ever the same. A new high variety workout is programmed daily (within the same overall structure) so your body is constantly challenged, firing up your metabolism, igniting muscular growth and reducing chances of plateau or boredom.
  • Unlike most group fitness platforms this class uses full gym equipment, not just accessories, and you’ll even see some custom built equipment hanging around the large turf area or underneath the monkey bar rig.
  • All instructors are certified fitness professionals prepared to coach, encourage and inspire every participant to achieve greater health.

And if all of that wasn’t enough to convince you to try E60’s top-rated group training program, E60 is offering a full week of classes for free to any newcomer. So grab a friend and claim your free week of classes at E60 Fitness before the New Year rush!

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The Pilates Loft Stretches Into Columbia Pike Space

The Pilates Loft is expanding into a second location in the Penrose Square shopping center at 2407 Columbia Pike.

The studio that started in Virginia Square in 2015. Just over one year later, the studio expanded into the vacant space next door. Now, the Virginia Square Pilates Loft is at maximum capacity again, so owner Alia Staples decided it was time to branch out. The Pilates Loft on Columbia Pike will open in late January 2019.

“I think that there is sort of a void in the Columbia Pike and South Arlington area where fitness, in general, doesn’t exist,” said Staples. “There’s a ton of people who live in this area who are commuting to North Arlington for those services… Since there wasn’t anything like that, I thought it might be a good idea to bring it to South Arlington.”

While there are a variety of Pilates studios in the area, Staples said sets her studio offers a more classically authentic Pilates experience.

“We don’t have big classes of 40 people,” said Staples. “It’s just four to six people maximum. It’s geared towards smaller groups and more personalized training.”

The classes also use Pilates equipment beyond just the traditional mats used in many classes. Both locations will also serve as Teacher Training Centers for the United States Pilates Association.

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Morning Notes

Vida Fitness Eyeing Second Arlington Gym — Vida Fitness has signed a letter of intent to open a gym and a “Sweatbox” boutique fitness studio in western Rosslyn, likely by the end of 2020. The company is expected to open its first Arlington location in Ballston in late 2019. [Washington Business Journal]

Beyer: If Impeachment Comes, It Must Be Bipartisan — “U.S. Rep. Don Beyer is no fan of Donald Trump. But he’s against moving forward with impeachment of the president unless it becomes a true bipartisan effort. ‘I don’t believe impeachment should ever be partisan – it should be done together,’ Beyer (D-8th) said at a campaign forum.” [InsideNova]

Warning About Swollen Streams — After an almost disastrous incident yesterday, the Arlington County Fire Department tweeted: “Remember, even a few inches of rushing water can be deceivingly powerful.” [Twitter]

Cemetery to Hold Expansion Dedication — “Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 6 will formally dedicate a 27-acre expansion that will provide more than 27,000 additional burial spaces… The expansion will provide for 10,882 in-ground burial spaces and 16,400 above-ground niche spaces for cremated remains.” [InsideNova]

Mongolian School Fights Fee Increase Proposal — “The Arlington school system’s proposal to vastly increase rental fees charged to the non-profit Mongolian School of the National Capital Area has outraged supporters of the school and led to predictions it might have to close if the increase isn’t reduced or rescinded… The proposal to jump the facility-use charge to $28,000 a year would be ‘devastating to our children and hard-working families,’ said Jane Batsukh, president of the Mongolian School Parents Association.” [InsideNova]

New Metrorail Cars Coming — Metro has kicked off the procurement process for its next-generation 8000 series rail cars. The transit agency plans to purchase hundreds of such cars and to put them into service as soon as 2024. [WMATA]

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

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Lead Your Healthiest Life with Complete Nutrition in Clarendon

Regardless of your fitness goals (slimming down, bulking up or maintaining your best health), Complete Nutrition offers great solutions for everyone, no matter where you are in your fitness journey.

Offering free services, Complete Nutrition isn’t your traditional nutritional supplement company. Based on the ideals of hydration, recovery, balanced nutrition and exercise, their success coaches can provide you with advice on these areas in addition to a supplementation plan that will help boost your results.

To begin, customers receive a free body composition analysis (BodyComp) to measure not only your weight, but muscle mass, body fat and water. It can even calculate the number of calories your body burns at rest in one day. Using this technology can tell you exactly what you need to do to achieve your desired goal.

After this baseline measurement, customers can continue with free BodyComps to see exactly how diet, exercise and supplementation plans are working. The accountability helps beginners stick to a new routine and helps seasoned athletes fine-tune their existing routines.

Come and enjoy a delicious smoothie while you take a look at what Complete Nutrition has to offer. All of their products are cGMP certified in a FDA registered facility and tested for quality and purity to meet the industry standard Certificate of Analysis (COA). The company even goes a step further to verify the COA against an independent 3rd party lab.

Complete Nutrition is located along Washington Boulevard and 10th Street. Check out the company’s website for details on a wide assortment of sports nutrition, weight management and general health supplements.

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Morning Notes

Construction Kicks Off at The Berkeley — Work is underway on The Berkeley, and “obsolete” apartment building at 2900-2910 S. Glebe Road that is doing a significant redevelopment. The $100 million project will turn the 137 units currently on the site into 256 apartments. [Multi-Housing News]

Remains May Be Linked to Missing Person Case — Remains found in Stafford County are reportedly those of a woman who went missing in Arlington in 1989. The missing woman’s husband — Jose Rodriguez-Cruz, who’s currently in jail for another woman’s murder — told police at the time that his wife left and was living in the Miami area. Later D.C. police learned that it was his second wife’s sister, who had assumed the identity of Rodriguez-Cruz’s first wife. [Fox 5]

Vida Fitness Eyeing Rosslyn Location — “[Vida Fitness] has a letter of intent for space in western Rosslyn, owner David von Storch told the Business Journal… The location — which will include SweatBox, a boutique studio within a gym that offers high-intensity interval training in a fast-paced, heart-monitored workout — would open in the fourth quarter of 2020. Von Storch already has a deal to open a Vida in Ballston.” [Washington Business Journal]

ACPD Motor Squad Escorts the Caps — Members of the Arlington County Police Department’s motorcycle squad helped escort the Washington Capitals and the Stanley Cup in yesterday’s victory parade in D.C. Other regional police agencies, including Montgomery County Police, also participated. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Erinn Shirley

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Local Fitness Gurus React to Arlington’s Ranking as Fittest U.S. ‘City’

From Arlington’s vast array of workout options to the high levels of education and income among its residents, local fitness and health professionals believe there are plenty of likely reasons why Arlington was recently crowned as “America’s fittest city.”

The ranking was determined by the American College of Sports Medicine’s American Fitness Index and has made headlines across the country. In the report, Arlington was ranked the fittest city for “achieving a balance of both healthy behaviors and community infrastructure” as well as placing in the top 10 in 13 of the group’s 33 ranking indicators.

The report also found that 63.9 percent of Arlington residents are in “very good” or “excellent” health (compared to the report’s average of 51.9 percent), and that Arlington had lowest rate of smoking among its 99 peer cities at 5.9 percent.

Ginny Wright, founder and owner of BbG Fitness in Arlington, said she thinks income and education play a role in the county’s fitness ranking. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in Arlington is $108,706 and the average age is 34.1. Arlington also has the highest percentage of residents with a bachelor degree in the D.C. area, according to the county.

Scott Parker, local restauranteur and co-owner of soon-to-open studio Bash Boxing, believes there’s a direct connection between people getting educated and understanding the importance of fitness.

“There’s definitely a lot of people here that care about being fit,” he said.

But Wright also noticed that there has been a significant increase in fitness studios and other gym facilities since she launched BbG Fitness 15 years ago, giving people considerably more options than they once had.

“I had very little competition,” Wright said.

Chris Farley, owner of Pacers Running, estimated that there are 10 times the number of fitness studio options now since Pacers Running opened in 2004. But he also believes that the county’s bevy of trails has provided an accessible, scenic option for runners looking to get out of the gym — in all, the report found that Arlington has 49 miles of paved mixed-use trails.

Yet Kimberly Barbano, a trainer and instructor at Next Phase Studio, believes studios do more than simply give people options to work out. With instructors like herself on hand, she feels the county’s influx of studios has provided a valuable resource to Arlingtonians looking to get in shape.

“I think it’s really exciting and a testament to how hard the studios work,” Barbano said of the “fittest city” designation.

As an Arlingtonian for most of his life, Farley also believes people in the county simply have more driven personalities.

“Fitness really matters to people who live in Arlington,” he said. “They have the mindset.”

Dr. Reuben Varghese, the public health director at Arlington County, said Arlington’s ranking does not surprise him, as this is not the first report to award Arlington high health marks. But he cautioned that the fitness ranking only tells part of the story about the health of county residents.

“People are surprised that with life expectancy within a mile distance of Arlington between Rosslyn and the Buckingham area, there’s a 10-year difference of life expectancy,” he said. “So it’s very good news about the health behaviors overall are doing well. However, there are health disparities that do exist and so we need to remember we can always improve.”

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BASH Boxing Presale Begins Today

Boxing and high-intensity interval training are two of today’s hottest workouts. A new Arlington studio offers the best of both worlds so you don’t have to decide which of the two is best for you.

BASH Boxing offers 45-minute classes, taught by the area’s best fitness experts, that exhilarate the body and mind. The BASH model takes the necessary roughness out of boxing and incorporates the best practices from a cardio workout. Plus, participants don’t have to be experienced because boxing basics are taught at the beginning of each class. The point is to break a sweat, while leaving with the confidence to punch, jump, and lift again.

BASH offers low-impact, water-filled training bags; top of the line strength and conditioning equipment; and concert style music during each class. They also take pride in community-oriented customer service.

The first few hundred people to sign up for presale rates can get a taste of BASH before its grand opening. Presale began today (Monday) at noon on bash-boxing.com.

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Arlington Mill Community Center Gym Closed For Repairs

The Arlington Mill Community Center gym will be closed for floor maintenance today (March 15) through March 19.

The gym will reopen on March 20, according to an Arlington Dept. of Parks and Recreation spokesperson, adding that there wasn’t much programming this week that is affected by the closure.

Everything else at the community center, including the fitness room, will remain open.

While the repairs themselves are minor, the gym floor — which was replaced this fall — has to be “cured,” according to the spokesperson, and that takes several days to dry. The maintenance is a proactive measure, and there wasn’t any noticeable problem or lack of smoothness before the maintenance began.

Photo via Arlington County.

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‘My Thrive Pilates’ Has Closed

A local fitness business has suddenly shuttered all of its locations.

My Thrive Pilates sent emails to customers Sunday night announcing that it was closing immediately and selling its equipment “to pay remaining payroll obligations.” Several tipsters forwarded the email to ARLnow.com.

Content has been removed from the company’s website and its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages have been taken down. A Google search indicates that it had locations in Courthouse, Shirlington and Falls Church.

The fitness studio was well reviewed, garnering a 4.5 star review on the Yelp page for My Thrive’s Courthouse location and 4 stars for the other locations.

The full email, after the jump.

To the My Thrive Community,

I regretfully write to share that My Thrive Pilates will be permanently closing all locations as of 8 p.m. Sunday, March 11th 2018.

All equipment will be auctioned to pay remaining payroll obligations.

I am heartbroken by and apologize for this happening and wish to share that we did everything in our power to keep the studios up and running.  We thank each and every one of you for your support.

Over the last 7 years we have enjoyed and are grateful for the people who became a part of our community and wish all of you the very best.

Thank you,

Stephanie Westberg
My Thrive Pilates

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‘Bash Boxing’ to Replace Cafe Asia in Rosslyn

Bash Boxing, a boxing-focused interval workout studio, will open its first location this spring in Rosslyn.

The new studio will be replacing Cafe Asia (1550 Wilson Blvd), which closed in 2016 after nearly 15 years in business.

The boutique studio’s fitness routine combines boxing on an water-filled aqua training bag and high intensity interval training for a total 45-minute workout. Half of the workout is boxing on the water bag and the other half is on the floor doing interval training.

Alex Trakas, one of the co-founders of Bash Boxing, noted the benefits of using an aqua training bag over one filled with sand.

“There’s no pain that goes into your joints. Every time you hit into the bag it just absorbs all the punch and all the energy,” Trakas said.

What differentiates Bash from other boxing gyms in the D.C. area is that it’s interval training focused, but uses boxing for cardio, said Lee Smith, another co-founder of Bash.

Trakas said the studio is “driving a community vibe” and is one of the reasons she and other co-founders invested into Bash Boxing. She added that there will be a pre-sale mid February that future members can access on the studio’s website.

Other partners in the brand include Arlington area entrepreneurs Scott Parker (A-Town, Don Tito, Barley Mac, The G.O.A.T.), Win Sheridan (Apex Systems, Echostage, Soundcheck, Bresca) and Sherif Abdalla (TTR Sotheby’s).

The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday that Bash will take up just over half of the cavernous former Cafe Asia space.

Photo courtesy Andy B.

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Fitness Studio Next Phase Is Now Open in Courthouse

Walk in the door at Next Phase Arlington any time of day and you’ll be greeted with the kind of enthusiasm and energy that comes exclusively from people busy doing what they love. Creating a “Happy Place” for the Arlington community is Next Phase’s #1 priority — they just happen to be a kick-ass fitness studio, too.

Located in the Courthouse neighborhood, at 2009 14th Street N., Next Phase’s class schedule boasts a heart-thumping lineup of high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes including TRX, Tabata, Barre and something they like to call HIIT Pilates: Pilates reformer training partnered with high intensity intervals for a well-rounded, albeit sweaty, workout.

But sweaty group exercise classes (and smiles) are not all Next Phase brings to the Arlington scene. Offering in-house nutritionists and personal trainers, Next Phase also designs customized programs built to nurture optimum health and happiness on an individual level. Consultations are free, and the programs are intentionally developed to serve each individual’s needs.

Best of all, Next Phase offers all of these services without the commitment of a membership — no strings attached. Sure, you can subscribe to their monthly unlimited plan, but they’ll pause your account whenever you ask them to or cancel it with no questions asked or charging fees. Next Phase wants you to be happy and healthy — all the other stuff is flexible.

This boutique fitness studio offers more than impressive, innovative instructors and fitness class formats. The Next Phase community will elevate you, encourage you to keep moving when you think you can’t and then sit down and have a beer with you.

This is no joke – just yesterday Next Phase crushed their Tabata workout outside Courthaus Social and then headed to happy hour. They were also out on the town over the weekend, demoing their signature Super Circuit at Discover Arlington’s Wellness + Fitness Festival. But, if this is the first you’re hearing about Next Phase, it’s all good – you can stop by the studio any time of day, and you’re sure to be greeted like family.

Curious yet? Your first class is always free. Create an account to access your free class, and bring a friend.

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Club Pilates Coming to Pentagon Row

(Updated at 12:20 p.m.) National fitness chain Club Pilates is working to open its first Arlington studio.

The Southern California-based company is opening a franchise location on Pentagon Row (1101 S. Joyce Street), next to Saigon Saigon restaurant. Paper still covers the windows, suggesting that an interior build-out is in progress.

In a Facebook message, the studio says it’s at least five weeks behind schedule due to delays with the county permitting process — a common complaint of new brick-and-mortar businesses in Arlington.

Our apologies for the delays. We are still waiting on county permits to start building out the studio. We are about 5…

Posted by Club Pilates on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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E60 Fitness Boasts Variety in their Functional Fitness Program

Two competitive brothers, Doug and Daniel Frantzen, teamed up to create a fresh spin on HIIT classes, packing serious variety into a single 60 minute workout at their functional training studio, E60 Fitness.

With an existing location in Ashburn for almost 2 years, the Frantzen brothers had plenty of time to mold and craft their proprietary class before breaking into the Arlington scene this June. E60’s newest location is located in the Rosslyn district, directly off of Clarendon Blvd.

E60’s HIIT class, Elevate 60 is intended to bring you the best of several exercise disciplines within a high-intensity format, using heart rate monitors to gauge effort levels throughout the class. There are several boutique studios in the area, all with a niche, or specialty, usually in one exercise discipline (i.e. spin, yoga, etc.). Fitness enthusiasts these days understand that your body needs and wants variety. The beauty of E60’s program is that it is exploding with variety. From boxing to barbell exercises, incline intervals to sled pushes, spin bikes to suspension gear, these classes pack several forms of training into an effective 60-minute group workout.

Though the classes maintain a high-energy throughout, the class instructors (who act as group personal trainers) take the time to slow down the motions and emphasize proper form when practicing resistance training. Building lean muscle is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and shape your body. Resistance training is key for building lean muscle, so you can count on there being a few resistance training circuits in each E60 class, all under the guidance of a certified trainer. Within their programming, E60 emphasizes specific muscle groups each day, so though the workout will be full body, you’ll have a target area to focus on during the resistance based circuits. The programming changes daily to keep your body guessing and prevent plateau.

E60’s workout is certainly backed by science, but Doug and Dan have also attempted to add a fun factor to their classes. “We try to keep it fun and functional. Often times we’ll pair people up, or create small teams that get to work together towards a goal or even compete against each other. We also have a lot of custom equipment such as a monkey bar multi-rig, salmon ladder, and athletic training equipment so people can try something new.”

The brothers have taken some of their training from athletics to the group classes inspiring an encouraging, team-like environment. And though the classes are challenging, they’re designed to handle all fitness levels, so you may see a pairing of clients 30 years apart in age, motivating each other to meet their goals. “Every client moves at their own pace, with their own weights. We provide modification for each exercise, so everyone can challenge themselves in different ways but all with the same intention.”

Wearable heart-rate monitors are loaned to each participant in each class and displays throughout the studio show each participant’s heart rate and calories burned in real time. Each person’s heart rate is color coded as it enters certain heart rate zones. This makes it easy for participants of all fitness levels to gauge their effort levels and determine their pace throughout the class. At the end of the class, all of the stats are shared with each participant, and E60’s system tracks their stats over time so they can view their progress.

On top of their proprietary HIIT class, E60 offers personal training, and open gym time. Keeping up with the modern flexibility today’s market demands, E60 Fitness provides no-contract memberships, and no initiation or termination fees. You can stay for 1 month or a lifetime with the ability to cancel on your own at home at any time. Beyond memberships you can also purchase packages of group sessions that are valid for a full year.

Stop by and sign up for your free class today, or find out more at www.e60fitness.com

Contact:

1524 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
703-351-7549
[email protected]

Editor’s note: The preceding was written and sponsored by E60.

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Local Social Media Stars Run Accounts Like Businesses, Get Results

From politicians to fashion bloggers, Arlington is home to a variety of social media influencers. One common thread among them? Many run their social media feeds like a business.

Angelica Talan, a resident of the Courthouse-Clarendon area, created the blog Clarendon Moms in 2011. Talan often frequented restaurant launches or book signings in the area but noticed she was the only mother present. She created Clarendon Moms as a resource for other Arlington-based mothers to learn about these free events.

The blog eventually expanded to include travel, fitness and fashion advice, and two years later, she began to profit from sponsored posts.

“It was never my intention,” Talan said. “I really just wanted to connect people with what was going on. Never in a million years would I have guessed that you could combine your passion for writing, photography, mingling with people and connecting people, create a blog and make money.”

In 2016, Talan’s friends helped her realize she needed to create a second blog, Angelica in the City, which is geared towards single women instead of mothers. Both of Talan’s blogs strive to promote positivity and an educational purpose.

Talan’s Instagram account has 21,500 thousand followers.

Virginia Square couple Blake Davenport and Leah Virbitsky, initially started their Instagram account, Discover Arlington, as a way to enhance Davenport’s real estate business.

The couple is very particular about the images they share on Instagram; the account now has 5,719 followers.

“On Instagram if you don’t have a good picture people are going to go right past it,” Daveport said.

They launched a website last September, which has the best places to eat, explore and buy a home. The couple started hosting events with local businesses in January.

Sarah Phillips of Arlington’s Penrose neighborhood and Michelle Martin, who lives in Los Angeles, began their fashion blog 52 Thursdays as a hobby.

Both women studied fashion in college, where they were sorority sisters. In 2013, they decided to create a business revolving around that shared passion.

“We came up with 52 Thursdays because our wine nights were on Thursdays,” Phillips said.

At first they did not share the website with anybody. Months went by and the women decided to give their web page a makeover: they organized a photo shoot at a studio and hired a professional photographer.

Now, the women partner with various brands to make a profit. They enjoy working with small businesses in Arlington such as South Block and LavaBarre. The women also offer fashion, blogging, branding and social media consultations as well.

Sarah Fraser, a Virginia Square resident and media personality, has more than 18,000 Facebook fans and 49,300 Twitter followers. She also gets between 10,000 and 15,000 downloads on each of her podcast episodes.

A Fox 5 contributor and a former radio host, Fraser is no stranger to marketing, and she credits Arlington for providing the perfect environment for hosting a podcast.

Starting her own podcast was no easy feat. Fraser had to be her own sales manager, brand manager, social media manager, podcaster and producer.

“I think lots of times people go into blogging and podcasting as a hobby but expect back a salary,” Fraser said. “But if you’re not doing it five, six days a week and I’m talking every spare moment, you cannot expect to make money.”

Rep. Don Beyer (D), who represents Arlington in the House of Representatives, doesn’t fit the business-blogger mold, but he does have one of the biggest local social media followings.

Beyer says social media is a way to maintain instant communication, reaching constituents, journalists and anyone else in real time. Beyer has 31,000 followers on Twitter and more than 26,000 people follow his Facebook page.

Beyer uses his accounts to discuss topics like climate change, federal employees, the local economy and his vision for the country. He also uses it to sharply critique the Trump administration.

“The toughest challenge since November is keeping up with the pace of change,” Beyer said, via email. “Three times as many people are following me on Facebook and Twitter since the election.  That is very heartening and I attribute it to people taking stock of how government affects them and making the decision to get involved.”

Beyer is impressed by Arlington’s  diverse interests including environmental protection, immigration and animal rights. Yet, representing so many different areas can be a challenge.

“One of the big challenges facing me and my staff every day is how we can talk to everyone and be responsive about the issues that matter to them. It would be hard to do without social media.”

Beyer isn’t the only figure in the political world with an Arlington connection and a large social media following, however. Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, is an Arlington resident. Todd has 1.65 million followers on Twitter.

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