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Welcome to Racked DC's search for Washington's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile eight smoking locals—fitness experts who not only look hot in spandex, but can make you look amazing too. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which readers vote for their favorites. Let the games begin!
Feel like you're working a million hours a week at a Really Important D.C. Job and can't find the time to exercise or eat right? Gregg Pitts from Zengo Cycle totally gets it. Before he became an indoor cycling instructor, Pitts worked for seven years at the White House. "I had a job where I traveled a lot and it was really demanding and I was on the go a lot. I didn't have very good eating habits and exercise was not a part of my life," he said. One day while at the gym, he peered into an indoor cycling room. "I thought it looked like it was so fun. Whatever they are doing I want a piece of that," he said. After getting on a bike, he discovered that he loved indoor cycling and he ended up losing 60 pounds through his fitness journey. "I was a true success story that you can lose serious amount of weight doing indoor cycling."
Today, Pitts's inspiring playlists and just-as-inspiring spirit make him one of D.C.'s most in-demand trainers, regularly selling out his classes at Zengo Cycle. And helping his students live healthy lives is hugely important to him. "I know that sounds so corny but it's true. It's an opportunity to give back," he said. "I have a new lease on life. It's such a gift to be able to help people do this."
When Pitts isn't teaching, he loves to travel, watch football, and spend time with his husband and his family. But back to fitness, we needed to know: what should newbies expect before their very first indoor cycling class? "The only goal of your first class is to come and have a good time, no matter what your fitness level is," Pitts said.
And how can you keep up with healthy eating habits while traveling for work or vacation? His answer is genius: diners. Why didn't we think of that? "As far as eating goes – on the road, one of the best places to go is a diner – they always have eggs and oatmeal," Pitts says. "Any time you can find eggs, breakfast foods can be made healthy."
We quizzed Pitts with a few quick lightning round fitness questions!
Biggest gym pet peeve?
Athlete role model?
Always in your gym bag?
Workout song that pumps you up?
"Find You" by Zedd
What food will you never give up?
Favorite sports team?
The Ohio State Buckeyes
· Zengo Cycle [Official Site]
· Racked Readers Rocked It Out at Zengo Cycle's Intense Ride [Racked DC]