DC United kickoff workout challenge with Bowser

D.C. United has challenged its players to keep fit at home and now, with Mayor Muriel Bowser, the challenge is on you.

In partnership with the District, D.C. United has created the 10-Day Workout At Home Challenge.

There will be new a workout program for each of the ten days that are designed to be completed in under ten minutes and do not require the purchase of any fitness equipment.

D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen and his players, including team captain Steven Birnbaum, will lead the workouts.

There will be no need to leave home and find a field, and each day will focus on a different part of physical health — from upper body and core exercise, to at-home cardio and stretching.

Workout videos will also be published on D.C. United social media properties and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s social media accounts.

From April 29 through May 8, the workouts will be broadcast live on the city’s TV station, DCN Channel 16.


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Since the Major League Soccer season was suspended last month, players have not been able to go out to the practice field or use the team’s facilities.

United’s athletic training and performance staff developed fitness programs specifically designed for each player to maintain strength and conditioning while forced to stay home.

“It takes discipline to work out on your own,” Birnbaum said.

“But we all know it is easier to stay in shape than to try and get in shape.”

Check out the Day 1 video below.

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Senior Sports Director and morning sports anchor. He first arrived at WTOP in 1989, left in 1992 and returned in 1995. He is a three-time winner of the A.I.R. award as best radio sportscaster in D.C. In 2008 he won the Edward R. Murrow award for best writing for sports commentaries.

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