REI: My go-to store for nutrition
Author: Shelly-Ann Sinclair
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REI has been my “go to” place for my active lifestyle for many years. It is truly a wonderland for people who enjoy the outdoors. With several store locations in the DC metro area, they have great staff members that are not only friendly, but quite knowledgeable in what they do. When I lived in Alexandria, I frequented the Bailey’s Crossroads store. However, now that I live in Maryland, my REI home location is now the College Park store, though I sometimes visit the Columbia store too.
REI offers a lot of benefits, including beginner to advanced-level classes and workshops on a variety of topics and activities from road cycling to kayaking to rock climbing. REI membership also offers other great benefits, including super discounts throughout the year. As a triathlete, one of the REI benefits I appreciate is the super discount on their performance food.
REI has become my absolute favorite — and quite frankly my only — place to buy gels, bars, electrolyte drink mixes. Known as the “Performance Food Monthly Deals”, REI selects a particular brand every month with savings up to 25 percent. But that’s not all. REI also has daily performance food deals that keep me coming back every two weeks to stock up on my nutrition and I save 20 percent every time. I am literally there so much that some staff members know me by face and name. I stopped by the College Park REI store recently to purchase some performance food and saved 20 percent. Take a peek (in the attached pictures) of the performance food selection REI has to offer.
As you gear up for Nation’s in September, make sure you stop by REI for all your performance food needs! If you are in the College Park area, check out the REI store there and ask for Dougie, Dean or Ryan. A little known fact: The College Park REI store is the second oldest location on the east coast!
Live from New Jersey, Shelly moved to the DC area for school 17 years ago. She considers herself a nerd and triathlete with plans to complete her first Ironman in August of 2013. She enjoys quality “me time” on the bike. During the day, she moonlights as a Fed implementing aspects of the Affordable Care Act.