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Family Gyms and Classes in Washington

No time to work out? Bringing your child along is a healthy solution.
Family Gyms and Classes in Washington
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You need to blow off some steam, and your kid has more energy than you know what to do with. So why not hit the gym together? A 2014 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that preschool children with active moms were more likely to be active—and therefore healthy—themselves.

1. Lil Omm Yoga

4708 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-248-6304

Get your stretch on at this Tenleytown studio, which offers more than ten different yoga classes for parents and children to practice side by side. New moms and wee ones can try Stroller Fit, a cardio-and-strength class that meets at the National Cathedral, Turtle Park, and the National Zoo throughout the week.

Cost: $20 per drop-in class.

2. Mommy Bootcamp

Multiple Virginia locations

Make it a family affair at Mommy Bootcamp, where you’ll work up a serious, hourlong sweat with cardio drills, strength training, and core work. Babies, kids, and strollers are encouraged to tag along, and dads can join in for free every Saturday at the Ashburn location.

Cost: $75 per month.

3. Chakaboom Fitness

Multiple Virginia locations

These days you don’t have to hit the club to bust a move. Moms, teens, and kids can get their endorphin rush during the high-energy Chakaboom dance workout, influenced by rhythms and music from around the world. Especially popular is the Kangoo Jumps class, where participants don bouncy boots as they jump, skip, and dance their way through a music-driven workout.

Cost: $7.19 per drop-in class.

4. Earth Treks Climbing Center

725 Rockville Pike, Rockville; 240-283-9942

Forget the monkey bars—families can climb to their heart’s content at Earth Treks, which at 38,500 square feet is the largest indoor climbing wall in the country. The weekends-only open climb is the perfect primer for kids age five and up and adults who are new to rock climbing. No reservations required.

Cost: $22 per person.

We Get It—Sometimes You Need To Just Do You.

Check out these gyms with child-care service; they keep kids entertained while you torch some calories.

1. Equinox

4905 Elm St., Bethesda; 301-652-107

8065 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703-790-6193

It’s not just babysitting at Equinox’s daycare. Each day features three activities for children, including active playtime, story time, and arts and crafts. Staff members are certified in CPR and first aid.

Cost: $10 per two-hour session at Bethesda; $9 per two-hour session at Tysons Corner.

2. YMCA

Multiple area locations

The YMCA’s after-school program picks up children from select schools throughout the area and brings them to the local YMCA while parents finish up at work or squeeze in a workout. Children choose their own activity, from homework help to pool time to sports. Infant care is available at some branches.

Cost: Varies by location.

3. Sport & Health

Multiple area locations

Some locations offer Kidz Club, where children can participate in a variety of classes, from hip hop to soccer. When it opens this fall, the newest location in Rockville will feature interactive video games for kids.

Cost: with a membership, $60 for six sessions. Nonmembers, $105 for six sessions.

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