Lengthen and Strengthen with Lisa O.


Lisa  leads our Barre Body classes to get you tight and toned! And check out her new class – Lengthen – available after some of our Crush60 classes for some more intense stretching to compliment your high intensity and weight training workouts. Check the schedule for more details

Lisa is a certified Barre Body instructor and First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. In addition to her teaching at FitCrush, she works domestically and internationally to help combat violence against women. Prior to FitCrush, Lisa was a small business owner in Bethesda for four years; spent six years as the Director of Government Affairs for Communities In School, Inc.; and worked six years as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for Members representing districts in Chicago and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Glen Echo Heights with her husband, Dan, their four children and dog, Gifford.

Four Questions with Lisa:

What led you to your Taekwondo practice?
I discovered Taekwondo through my children, who were 4 and 6 years old at the time. I used my Taekwondo practice to find strength and stress release while going through a divorce. As I progressed, my goal was to use the skills I learned to pay it forward and empower other women.

What is Your Favorite Post Workout Snack?
Toast and marmite – I like to eat my carbs right after I work out, and marmite has great B vitamins that give me a boost. My British husband introduced it to me (Thank you Dan!).

What Song Motivates You Every Time You Hear It?
Woman’s World, by Cher

What is the biggest change you see in your students from taking barre classes consistently?
Better posture, lifted derriere, and core strength.


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