Where to Work Out for Free During the Shutdown

Local gyms and studios invite furloughed government workers to work out at no charge.

Local gyms and studios like Athlete Studio in Dupont Circle are offering free and discounted workouts for furloughed government employees. Photograph by Melissa Romero.

Local gyms and studios welcome furloughed government employees to sweat away their stress at a discounted rate—and in many cases, for free. Make sure to bring your government ID if indicated.

Roam Fitness
2505 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-813-9555
All furloughed government employees can work out for free with Roam Fitness during the shutdown. Bonus: You can use the free wi-fi in the lobby.

Lil Omm Yoga
4708 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-248-6304
Government employees who e-mail will get a discounted rate or scholarship.

Athlete Studio
1730 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-506-5780
Take the 7 PM class at this Dupont Circle studio for just $20 (usually $40). Register online

Flow Yoga Center
1450 P St., NW; 202-462-3569
Flow is offering some free and discounted classes throughout the week, and will continue updating their schedule via Facebook. The next discounted class is this Saturday at 9 AM at Whole Foods on P Street. 

Off Road DC
905 U St., NW; 202-681-1319
Take a free power yoga class at this indoor cycling studio on U Street this Saturday and Monday. Sign up online.

Balance Gym
Thomas Circle, Glover Park, and Foggy Bottom
All furloughed government workers are welcome to all Balance Gym locations for free between 1 and 4 PM. Bring your government ID.

Past Tense Studio
3253 Mount Pleasant St., NW; 202-462-9642
Show your government ID and get $10 yoga classes during the shutdown.

Circle Yoga
3838 Northampton St., NW; 202-686-1104
Furloughed government employees can drop in to any yoga classes this week for $5 off the drop-in rate of $21. Must show government ID.

Potomac Pilates
Shops at Wisconsin Place, the Palisades, Potomac Tennis Club
Register for an account at, then e-mail and indicate your position and department. Furloughed government employees will receive two free classes.

3260 Wisconsin Ave., Arlington; 1215 Connecticut Ave., NW
Furloughed government employees who show their government ID can take a Doonya dance class for free tonight at 6:30 PM in Clarendon and 7:30 PM in DC. 

Studio DC
Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan
Studio DC is offering furloughed government employees the chance to take their $10 yoga classes for free. Must show government ID. Check out the schedule here.

Extend Yoga
12106 Wilkins Ave., Bethesda; 301-3330
Furloughed government employees with a valid ID can take classes at Extend Yoga for $10 throughout the shutdown.

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
Eight locations in Washington
If you’re a furloughed government employee, visit any of the eight full-service YMCA gymsfor a complimentary guest pass, which can be used for the duration of the shutdown.

Xtend Barre DC
1228 Blagden Alley, NW; 202-289-2020
Head to this barre studio in Blagden Alley with a valid government ID and take a drop-in class for $15. Classes are cash-only and no online sign-ups offered.

Go Figure Barre Studio-Potomac
12500 C Park Potomac Ave, Potomac; 301-838-5569
Furloughed government employees, with a valid government ID, can participate in any of the studio’s Figure Method classes at the discounted rate of $15 per class (ordinarily $25 per class) for the duration of the shutdown. For every five classes purchased, receive one class free.

Fuse Pilates
2008 Hillyer Place, NW; 202-525-3767.
Fuse Pilates will offer a free mat class today at 4 PM with instructor Ayelet for furloughed employees. Or, take a drop in class (mat, Reformer, or chair) this week for half the normal price. First come, first served with government ID. 

Yoga District-Glover Park
2201 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Furloughed government employees can take yoga classes at Yoga District in Glover Park by donation basis. 

Rock Creek Sports Club
8325 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring; 301-587-4447
This Silver Spring gym is letting furloughed government employees use their facilities for free during the shutdown.

Sculpt DC
950 F St., NW; 202-885-9950
The cycling-yoga studio in Gallery Place-Chinatown will offer a furlough cycling class on Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 PM, and a yoga class on Friday from 4:15 to 5:15 PM. Sign up online and present a valid government ID when you arrive.

Bar Method
750 Ninth St., NW; 7710 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda
Furloughed government employees new to Bar Method can purchase 30 days of unlimited classes at the discounted rate of $99 (normally $125). Sign up online and use the promo code SHUTDOWN2013 to receive the discount. Show valid government ID at the studio.

Zengo Cycle
4866 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-312-6658
Throughout the shutdown, furloughed government employees can walk-in to any noon or 1:30 PM class from Monday to Friday and receive 50 percent off the $15 class. Present your valid government ID at the front desk. No online sign-ups permitted for this special.

Willow Street Yoga
6930 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park; 8561 Fenton St., Second Floor, Silver Spring
Government employees and contractors can drop-in to any yoga and Pilates class at these studios for $10 for the duration of the furlough. Show valid government ID at the studio.

Zumba Classes
5207 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Instructor Elena Menshutkina is offering furloughed government workers free and discounted Zumba classes for the duration of the shutdown. Thursdays at 10 AM are free, and Saturdays at 10 AM and Sundays at 11 AM are $10 (normally $15). Bring valid government ID. 

Sport & Health
Multiple locations
Sport & Health is offering furloughed government employees free access to their clubs for two weeks. Just show your valid ID. Access to group fitness classes included. (Offer not valid for current members.)

Dancing Mind Yoga
929 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-237-9642
Beginning Friday, October 4, furloughed government employees can drop-in to various classes at this Falls Church studio for half the price of drop-in rates. Visit the studio’s Facebook page for a list of classes offered.

Tranquil Space
1632 17th St., NW; 3528 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Furloughed government employees can receive a 15 percent discount to one-, six-, or 10-class passes. This does not include memberships or the newbie package. Come into either studio to purchase the pass and present a valid government ID.  

Biker Barre
738 Seventh St., Southeast; 202-733-1009 
All federal employees will receive a discount at Biker Barre during the shutdown. Classes are $15 and must be purchased on a walk-in basis with a valid federal employee ID. Instructor Kendra Kosko, a furloughed federal employee, will teach two free training classes at the studio on Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday October 10 at 1 PM. 

Balance Studio
4719 Rosedale Ave., Bethesda; 301-986-1730
This Bethesda studio will continue offering free classes to government employees during the shutdown. Visit it’s Facebook page for regular schedule updates

Down Dog Yoga
1046 Potomac St., NW; 202-965-9642
Beginning Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 11, all 9:30 AM and 4 PM classes at the Georgetown studio are free for furloughed government employees. A valid government ID is required. 

If you are a local gym or studio offering deals for furloughed government workers and are not on this list, please e-mail with details.

*Editor’s note: This article has been updated from a previous version.