How Fitness Trainer Monica Jones Would Have a Perfect Day in DC

How Fitness Trainer Monica Jones Would Have a Perfect Day in DC

In DC Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

The movement is monica jonesthe healing modality. The DC-based fitness and wellness coach battled ADHD, body dysmorphia and acute bulimia in her teens and early 20s. She says she told her mother and sister what she was going through and the shame she felt: “I stopped hurting myself with bad dialogue, and finally I was able to end the purge in the next four years,” she says.

The move gave her a reason to take care of her body so she could perform better. “Celebrating my body has really become a habit, and it’s helped me continue to show up and share my experience with my clients and online,” she says.

Her healing journey fueled her quest to see communities of color, especially women, live well. “I learned through my own journey that fitting in or struggling to be accepted would never be as rewarding or impactful as creating and nurturing these spaces that are our own,” she says.

After years of workout classes at gyms all over town, she began her own website in 2020, where clients can book sessions as well as enroll in Hustle and Flo, an eight-week course that takes into account a woman’s unique biological makeup – menstrual cycles, hormonal fluctuations, food cravings and energy levels . The program was built on his experience with premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

“I became a coach because there was a lot of discrimination and control in the wellness space from minorities, and that had a huge impact on the health of our families,” says Jones, who also teaches. weekly lessons at Navy Yard Urban Boxing. “I knew that if I learned, I could help my family and my community improve.” She is also an Under Armor athlete who is often featured in the company’s global marketing campaigns and has had brand partnerships with PopSugar and Ouidad.

It’s no surprise that the Navy Yard resident’s commitment to wellness extends into her ideal day in DC, which is largely spent working out and working out with her boyfriend, LaCadre Howard, who happens to be his boxing trainer.

I like Monday because it’s like a new opportunity. I feel like we can create opportunities anytime, but I like changing people’s mindsets about Monday. It’s about going at our own pace – Monday is a great opportunity to disrupt societal norms and do it for ourselves.

Ideally, I wake up at 6 a.m. and go for a walk. I moved to Navy Yard specifically because I wanted to be in a very walkable neighborhood. I would either walk to the Capitol or to Yards Park on the Anacostia River. Going for a walk has been huge for my mental health. After the walk I would stop Somewhere and get me a decaffeinated oat milk. Then I would go home and cook breakfast. I would have egg whites and oatmeal with sunflower seed butter or maple syrup.

Then I usually like to train around 9 or 10 in the morning, so I would go to Urban Boxing to hit the bag, or I might jump to boom box because I know the two owners there. Typically, I would stay in the gym for 45-90 minutes because sometimes I’ll do a mix of boxing, weight training, and conditioning. After practice, I would come home and create content for Instagram, blog posts or develop a podcast episode. Then I would get another meal in me before another workout. I love making MightyMeals; it’s a meal prep subscription service. The meal would consist of chicken or salmon, sweet potatoes, brown rice, and some sort of vegetable. Then I would head to MADabolic on H Street and do whatever workout I didn’t do in the morning, so either I take an elevator or I box with my boyfriend.

Then I would head to the whole foods on H Street, take calls from customers and help people make their training plans for the following week. Then my boyfriend and I were heading to Swahili villageand I would order grilled goat cheese, kachumbari salad and chapati flatbread.

Afterwards, my boyfriend would drop me off at Lydia on H and I was having drinks with my girlfriends. When RedRocks on closed H Street I was heartbroken, so Lydia became my new RedRocks. I would order a black leaf martini. Then we’d find another spot on the @jointheMvemnt app with good music, and that’s how I’d end my day.

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