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Everyone Can Train Like An Olympian At Local Gyms

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People who find themselves sitting around watching Michael Phelps swim to victory, or see Usain Bolt breaking another record on the track during this summer's Olympic games might be wondering what it takes to become an Olympian. For the next few weeks, some gyms in the District are giving customers a chance to find out.

"Every gym is doing Olympic style, themed events," says Brandon Hultman, a personal trainer at Vida Fitness. Vida is offering Olympic inspired drills in classes over the next few weeks, Hultman says.

"Like for instance we have a pool on the roof, so we're also having swimming style Olympic events," he says. The games get people who wouldn't otherwise work out to try something new, he adds. 

"I get asked frequently, are you going to watch the Olympics?" Hultman says. "People seem to be really into the Olympics and I think it inspires people to get in here and try things."

Starting next week, Washington Sports Clubs will also offer Olympic themed workouts, including rowing and hurdle exercises.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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