On November 13, the Washington Redskins and the NFL will be hosting the “Fit For You 5K” at National Harbor. All proceeds from the event will benefit Play 60, a joint program between the NFL and the American Heart Association. I’ve mentioned this before — it’s tied in to the NFL’s new women’s initiative, and Tanya Snyder (wife of owner Daniel Snyder) and Christy Cooley (wife of Chris Cooley), two of the faces of that intiative, are leading the Redskins’ involvement in the 5K.
More than just “leading involvement,” Snyder and Cooley will actually be participating in the 5K, along with many other wives of Redskins players and coaches. In fact, that group has even gone so far as to take on a name: WOW, or Women Of Washington, which they wore on their basketball jerseys at the now-semi-legendary charity game in Philly.
Tanya Snyder explains, “We’ve always referred to the group as the team behind the team, because they are. These are the women that get everything done, and that support these men that make it happen for the Washington Redskins. I wanted it to be about everybody, and I wanted to call us something so that — for example — when we do an event, instead of me being up on stage or any one person, it’s everybody.” Hence the name, and hence the group’s increasingly visible profile.
Today, Snyder brought WOW together to work out with Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method and fitness trainer to stars like Shakira and Madonna. Anderson will also be at the Fit For You 5K, offering advice and inspiration, and she took today’s class as a chance to get WOW into 5K shape using her “method,” the mission of which (according to her website) “is to strengthen the smaller muscle groups so that these muscles can pull in the larger muscles – which results in a lean figure that is not bulky.”
What this actually looked like was an intense combination of yoga, cheerleading, and the movie Flashdance. Here’s Anderson leading the exercises:
And here’s what some of the women thought about that workout.
“She’s got every kind of move, and she gets you moving,” Snyder said. “That was exciting — that was a great workout.”
Manjanique Alexander (wife of Lorenzo) was a bit more blunt. “Well, it kicked my behind,” she said. “But it was really fun. You’re used to doing traditional weight-lifting classes or some kind of aerobics, but this was just as hard if not harder.”
Christal Golston (wife of Kedric) agreed. “I have to admit, I’m not much of a workout kind of a girl,” she said, “so it was very tiring, but it was fun. And my daughter was here working out, which was great.”
Emma Dockery (wife of Derrick) was a bit intimidated by Anderson’s celebrity clientele, and her super-intense demeanor. “I think I probably don’t look as coordinated as Shakira does,” Dockery said, “and Anderson was VERY serious and into it, and I was like, there’s no way I can do all that. But it was a lot of fun, and a great way to tone after having a baby.”
Even former Redskins cheerleader Christy Cooley found the workout somewhat grueling. “Oh my god, it was insane,” she said. “I wasn’t really expecting it to be like that. It was pretty crazy — I was doing moves that I’ve never actually done before.”
But the intensity, Tanya Snyder pointed out, was kind of the point. “The best part about that is everybody being together as a group and having that team spirit, which is always fun,” she said. “Doing this today, we were all very excited about getting it completed, and you get that sense of accomplishment when you finish, but it was kinda hard on the way through it, I have to tell you.”
Still, Cooley pointed out, it might take more than just one exercise class to be ready for even a non-competitive 5K. “I’ve gotta do, like, thirty more of those to be ready,” she said, laughing. “One day’s not gonna make that much of a difference.”
But there was more to the event than just the physical training. “I think we’re all trying to get together, thinking maybe if all the women get together we can make more of an impact,” Cooley said. “If we’re all together, all a part of it, maybe it’ll make more of a difference.”
“It’s the same concept as our team,” Snyder said. “If we all work together … you get a lot of women together and it’s very powerful.”
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