6 New Workouts to Try in the New Year
Whether you like cycling, cross-training, or yoga, there’s an option for you.
The Dancer: Doonya
Channel your inner Bollywood star at this high-energy cardio class. The routines, inspired by traditional Indian dances such as Bolly-pop and bhangra, target all major muscle groups. $20. DC, Arlington, Vienna, and Silver Spring; 703-828-4319.
The Adventure Seeker: Roam Fitness
The Glover Park gym takes its cross-training sessions outdoors during OutRun, three-to-five-mile runs through DC neighborhoods, interspersed with pit stops for strength-training exercises. Longer OutRun Adventures combine such activities as kayaking, cycling, and running. $25. 2505 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-813-9555.
The Hardcore Fitness Buff: Solidcore
At the first studio in Washington to offer Megaformer workouts on machines, class-goers lunge, plank, and work their muscles to the point of failure in each 50-minute session. The total-body exercises are performed in a slow, controlled manner. $35; $19 for the first class. 1841 Columbia Rd., NW; 267-455-6457.
The Music Lover: ZenGo Cycle
With the opening of its Logan Circle outpost, scheduled for January 1, this indoor cycling studio now offers two places to work up a sweat. Instructors double as deejays as they coach you through hills and sprints on the bike to the beat of heart-pumping music. $21. 4866 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, 301-312-6658; 1508 14th St., NW, no phone yet.
The Yogi: Spark Yoga
Take your practice to new heights at this Clarendon studio’s aerial-yoga class. Students hang from silks as they bend and twist their bodies into various poses. Hot vinyasa, ashtanga, barre, and Pilates classes are also available. $20 to $30. 2201-G N. Pershing Dr., Arlington; 703-248-9642.
The Budget-conscious: BMarchai Studios
No membership, no reservation, no problem. This boutique gym with two locations on Capitol Hill offers 30-minute, low-impact, high-intensity circuit training for $10. Drop by at your convenience and a personal trainer will get you started. 650 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 877-657-0004.
This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.